Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky—taken by the Society to his sure death—only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons. On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again. And I was, I really was.
Crossed by Condie Ally
Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie – withthebutterflies
In some ways, I was more impressed by Crossed than I was by Matched. Also, the plot began to look up—drifting away from that horrible cliche of a teenage love triangle. He was easy to sympathize with, and even though his motivation was concealed throughout a majority of the book, it really worked and made logical sense with his character. The most annoying part of the book, however, was the fact that Condie introduced several new characters and promptly killed them for emotional effect. If their deaths had created any strong emotion it would have been a huge improvement, however the characters were so briefly in the story, and so undeveloped that it just seemed pointless and overdone. The new point of view brought an extra dimension to the story, and I thought it was an excellent improvement. If you are interested in the series, try to stick it out through Matched and make it to Crossed.
Blue comes to represent and describe many things over the course of Crossed. Blue additionally comes to mean safety and security for Cassia and the others, as it describes the sky on which they can focus as they traverse the canyons, as well as the stream on which they rely for water and orientation as well as to get to the Rising. In Crossed , red is used to represent and describe many things, particularly the landscape of the Outer Provinces and the Carving, which are arid and rocky deserts that provide little life and, relatedly, no promise of survival. Condie has previously described red as representing newness and birth, a fitting description for the transition that Cassia makes from being a member of the Society to a rebel reborn in opposition to it.
Crossed begins at the point where Ally Condie's previous dystopian novel, Matched , left off: Our heroine Cassia is at a work camp in a province far from her home, hoping to find Ky, the boy she has fallen for, who has been sent to the Outer Provinces as a decoy in the war with the Society's nebulous Enemy. Soon Cassia and her new friend Indie, and Ky and his fellow decoys Vick and Eli, all find their way to the Carving, a vast network of cliffs and caves whose remote and impassible nature makes it the perfect place to conceal secrets. Some of these secrets concern the Rising, a hidden rebel group led by a mysterious Pilot. Others deal with the farmers who live in the Carving and preserve books and knowledge forbidden by the Society.