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3.53  ·  Rating details ·  232,945 ratings  ·  15,401 reviews
The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems...

A rebellion is rising.

Paperback, Reprint Edition, 367 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Speak (first published November 1st 2011)
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Cookies'n'Cream When they initially took Ky away she pointed to the sky to show that she'd be "waiting for him in the stars" which was just some cheesy line from the …moreWhen they initially took Ky away she pointed to the sky to show that she'd be "waiting for him in the stars" which was just some cheesy line from the poem that they fell in love over. So when she saw him again she pointed to the sky because because she knew that if it was really Ky, he would understand.(less)

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Steph Sinclair
Mar 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Strong fans of Matched
Recommended to Steph by: Myself

Psst...Stephanie. Wake up, it's over.

Oh, man. Did I fall asleep again? It's not my fault. Really, it isn't. If only Crossed had just a little bit more action and a lot less poetry, it would have been able to keep my attention focused on reading the book instead of hitting my REM cycle. That's not to say I didn't entirely enjoy Crossed, but it also didn't live up to my expectations.

Crossed picks up where Matched left off. Ky had been sent away to the Outer Provinces and Cassia is currently resi
1.5 stars - Spoilers for Matched and Crossed.

Cassia wuvs Ky. Ky wuvs Cassia. They both wuv poetry and art. Wuv. Nobody else understands their wuv for poetry and art. That's why they wuv each other. Cassia and Ky's wuv is forbidden. Wuv. Society no approve of their wuv. Sociey seperates wuv-birds. Cassia should wuv her Society chosen match Xander. Xander wuvs Cassia, cos we can't be deprived wuv triangle. Cassia confunded, does Cassia wuv Xander too?? Cassia has epiphany, she wuvs them both - oh
no one told ally condie that the second book in a trilogy is not a resting place, not an opportunity to catch your breath and count your cash. you gotta write something, too. is that mean? it true? definitely.

even though i wasn't crazy about matched, i wanted to read the next installment just to see where she was going with her brand of dystopia, and with these characters. and also, truthfully, because i am such a sucker for covers, and i love these. i think she might put more time a
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are against brain cells
Recommended to Laurel by: My poor eyes
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(Happy Thanksgiving all my American buddies by the way)

This was a book? Really? This didn’t have the components of a book. components: Allusions, characters, exposition, characterization.

There really are no words properly defining my rage. Ally Condie CANNOT tell a story. A story should draw you in with its writing and send you off on an adventre that does a good job at blowing your mind. Crossed did not do that. It refused to do that. In

This is actually getting 2.5 stars. I'm being nice.

Sigh... where to begin with this one? You know that I **try** to be nice with my reviews and at least say something that I liked about a book before I go all crazy-rant-girl on it, so I guess we'll do a run-down of what I liked about this second book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy first...

Crossed did a good job of continuing the romance between Cassia and Ky, and honestly, I do like the romance between them. Not too hot-n-heavy, not to whiney
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars.

This was bad. And boring.
I mean, the whole book wouldn’t have been written if the two main characters had a DAMN CELL PHONE!!
Ahmad Sharabiani
Crossed (Matched #2), Ally Condie

Crossed is a young adult novel written by Allyson Braithwaite Condie. It is the sequel to Matched and the second book in the Matched trilogy.

The chapters alternate between the perspectives of Ky and Cassia. The outer provinces are filled with male "aberrations," including Ky and his new friend Vick who are moved around from village to village to make them appear inhabited to an unnamed enemy.

Cassia, now at a work camp in Tana province, plans to find Ky. She is
Isaiah Talens
Feb 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Matched was one of my most favorite dystopian lit. books. That being said, I really looked forward to reading Crossed this year.

Did it disappoint me? No. But there are a few things that, I don't know, let's just get on with it:

First of all, I was quite shocked when I found out that the book was written in two different points of view. There's nothing wrong with it, but still, it had me thinking that without Ky's point of view, there would be a whole lot of holes to fill just to complete the stor
I really wanted to like this book. But I found the task impossible. While I loved Matched, I think Condie did not keep up the original ideas, tight plot, and romantic suspense that worked in the first book. She tries using two narrators, but does not distinguish their voices. Other than the heading on the top of each chapter to delineate who was talking, it was almost impossible to figure out who was the narrator. The plot was completely lackluster. Nothing really happens. Most of the events in ...more
Nov 06, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I feel alone in my feelings for this series.

I will admit that I enjoyed reading Crossed more so than I did Matched. Perhaps it was because I wasn’t expecting much.

I liked getting into Ky’s head this time around. Crossed is told in two point of views, between Ky and Cassia. Although at times I found it hard to differentiate between their two character voices, despite the chapters being titled “Ky” or “Cassia”. And I liked getting to learn a little bit more about Ky and his history.

Condie is an
Dannii Elle
I feel like I knew the formula for this series before I had even read it: book one set up the story and introduced the futuristic community that strove to make a better human race, book two plots the escape of the few who dare to question the societal hierarchy, and I am anticipating book three will concern them overcoming their plight and freeing their entire society. Blah. I am a little bored of the dystopian genre at the moment, only because of the repetitiveness of the story line. This was c ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, ya, dystopia
actual rating: 1.5

I didn't like Matched that much. I hoped Crossed would be better. After all, it's a very popular trilogy. I can't see why. I guess it’s one of those that didn’t age well.

The book was simply boring, dull, tiring, and annoying... It took a long while for the action to get started, by then, I was done trying. So I skipped paragraphs, sometimes pages and nothing changed. I still fully understood the story. This is never a goof sign. I frankly hated this book if it’s not obvious y
shady boots
Hmm. 3 stars. Maybe even 2.5. Not what I was expecting.

I wanted to like this book more. I really did, since the first book was amazing, but I just couldn't. There's so many questions that are still unanswered, and not much really happened in this book. It was really slow and I often got distracted during reading it. Unlike when I was reading the first book, which I automatically got sucked into.

I just expected so much more for this book. Oh well...

Hopefully book three will be much better.
Amelia, free market Puritan
Hey, one of those shards from the broken bubble is really close to the model's fist, so it looks like she's giving readers the finger.
I Eat Words
May 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before I attended BEA, I read Matched. With the story fresh on my mind, I decided the first BEA ARC I would read would be Crossed. I was super excited about it mainly because I love the cover. It's so pretty! And it MATCHES (see what I did there?) it's first book. And how cool is she matching the colors after the tablets? I bet the third book will follow the red color scheme. Anyway, after meeting Ally Condie, who is super sweet and told me I look like Cassia, I was all sorts of thrilled to read ...more
May 11, 2021 rated it it was ok
I literally only continued with this book because Cassandra Clare reviewed it and made it sound good.
Aj the Ravenous Reader
May 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopia, sci-fi
Crossed is I think a little better than the first book-Matched but it's still not enough to achieve greatness. The addition of new characters contributed in making the story a bit more interesting but the "dragging" factor is still there. What I liked though about this story is Cassia's determination to find Ky (whom she chooses ever Xander (who still hopes to win Cassia)) In a way, the love triangle built in this sequel earned the reader's attention especially when Indie (who falls for Xander' ...more
sophie.connects.the.dots (on hiatus)
This book is a jewel in the series!

I was hanging on the edge of this story, yet it was a gentle read--not greedy hunger, but soft hunger to reach the end. Quietly, easily, page by page, calmly seeking the final chapter. The love story is sweet and I'm a huge fan of the appreciation of art and poetry in this story.

Myself, I've never much loved art and poetry as much as I have, say, writing and reading. But like I mentioned for Matched, this book has deepened my curiosity for the two. It has reim
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars

Ally Condie’s much hyped 2010 release Matched was something of a flash in the pan for me. Although it hit shelves with a great deal of fanfare and marketing to-do, beyond the strikingly pretty cover, I found little to get excited over. My feelings were lukewarm, at best.

Crossed proved to be a similarly anti-climatic book for me, although this time I could moderate my pre-reading expectations with my Matched experience. Being in a glass-half-full mood (and not much of a series abandoner
Jessica (Books: A true story)
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Steph
It's like 1984 meets My Side of the Mountain. I took my time reading this book and when I sat back and thought about it, I realized that it was because the writing was just so beautiful. It felt like I was reading poetry. Ally was so good at unfolding the story. Every time I learned something new about the characters or the world, I just ended up with more questions. The biggest question was: "Is everything really what it seems? What's REALLY going on?" One of my favorite things was how much the ...more
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Just as bad as the first one yet still entertaining in all of its awfulness. I truly don't give a shit about any of these characters. ...more
Nov 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

“Love changes what is probable and makes unlikely things possible.”

Cassia is in the Outer Provinces, searching for Ky no matter what. Ky is in the Outer Procinves too, he was sent there to die, like many other innocent young man too. The only difference is that Ky is determined not to die.
He flees with Eli and Vick in the canyons and soon Cassia and her new companion Indie follow them.
Cassia is searching for Ky and he is searching for her, but as soon as they find each other everything tur
Nov 08, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If the point of this sequel was to provide "food for thought", someone should tell the author over-eating is bad, very very bad, as was this sequel.

About half way through this novel, I wasn't sure if I would be able to finish. This promising series took a turn for the worse. What started out as an intriguing adventure became a forced introspective on the "oh so sad" human condition by way of paragraph after paragraph of what almost read like sermon. I felt a certain obligation to myself to see i
Feb 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult, dystopian
The sequel to MATCHED, if any of you were concerned, is just as good as the original. Condie's writing is so crisp and clear that the book just flows along, and her characters continue to be vivid, real people who you root for and (even more importantly) believe in. There are no sitcom-esque misunderstandings, but people having normal, natural conversations, keeping secrets that need to be kept, revealing secrets when they think the time is right. That, I think, is the true appeal of these books ...more
With Crossed, Ally Condie committed the crime of writing a slow-paced, conflict-lacking middle book in a series. I recall enjoying Matched to an extent, but reading Crossed caused me to question my prior positive feelings for Matched.

Condie can write. There were some beautiful phrases and sentences in Crossed. However, for the most part Condie's prose lacked any power or punch - her writing was void of emotion. I noticed it in the first book, but attributed it to Cassia's sheltered lifestyle wit
It's hard to even know exactly where to begin. I wanted so badly to love this book, because I have been dying to read it from the moment I finished Matched last year, which I had given 5-stars to. While Matched is perhaps closer to 4-stars at times, ultimately I found myself very interested in the World that Condie built and in the relationships developed throughout the book. Unfortunately loving Crossed is out of the question and I realized this very early on.

The book begins right where Matched
Gerasimos Reads
Aug 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
When I read Matched last year I unexpectedly fell in love with it. Dystopian books are becoming more and more popular and it is therefore rare to find a unique one. However I didn't enjoy this as much as the first one.

One of the best aspects of this trilogy is Ally Condie's writing style. Her writing is gorgeous. She really has a way with words. Her book feels like a poem; the words flow and intertwine together. This gives a classic, old feeling that contrasts with the futuristic setting of the
Margaret Stohl
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More emotional than MATCHED, if less first-kiss romantic. Ally's voice grows more certain with every book. Like the Pilot in CROSSED, she drags a boulder through the land to make a river and the water just keeps running. I'm looking forward to the last book of the trilogy. Ally's really working on something here, and I can't wait to see where she goes with it. ...more
Prabhjot Kaur
Well after reading the first book in the series and not liking that, I should have given up on the series but I didn't and ended up reading it.

I was surprised by this book in the beginning I must say. But soon after all the emotions that I felt while reading the first book which were mostly anger, disappointment and confusion came rushing back to me. I wished that there was something that I liked save for the first few chapters.

As for the characters, I still didn't like Cassia and Ky was okay ag
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015
Okay....I admit. I did not finish this book. I told myself I would because I feel like I steal the chance to become more exciting to the end but it was so boring and slow. And there are just so many other books I am way more excited to read.
So I did not like this book. This is just my opinion and I did really like the first one so it is kind of a pity that the second didn't turn out great.
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Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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