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Book Review: Crossed

Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2) - Paperback,  367 pages - Published June 7th 2012 by Penguin

Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2) – Paperback, 367 pages – Published June 7th 2012 by Penguin

I’m going to have to keep this relatively short, but if you want to read my review of the first book in the series, it’s here.

Crossed follows Cassia and Ky after their separation, alternating between each character’s point of view. This gives the reader a decent insight into both character’s thoughts and stories throughout the entire book.

The couple are each sent to a village in the outer provinces, where the Enemy attacks regularly and they are supplied with no working weapons. They then venture into the Carving – a vast maze of caverns and canyons – in search for each other, accompanied by people they have befriended along the way.

They search for the farmers, and come across an abandoned settlement where they collect food and maps. But after entering the Cavern and disturbing the contents, the Society begins to hunt for them. Desperate to escape, Cassia decides to flee the Carving and search for the Rising; a group rebelling against the ways of the Society.

The plot of this book sounds simple, but there are numerous sub-plots that make it an exciting, interesting read. Cassia is confused about her feelings for Ky and Xander, Ky is keeping secrets, and they can’t agree on whether to join the Rising or not. I think I liked this sequel a little more than Matched; 4 stars for Crossed by Ally Condie.

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Book Review: Matched

Matched by Ally Condie - Paperback Cover

Matched by Ally Condie – Paperback, 366 pages – Published June 2nd 2011 by Penguin

Do not go gentle into that good night

I was not sure what to expect from this book. A story of love? A story of finding freedom? A story of loss and desires? In the end, it turned out to be all of these things, and more.

Cassia’s Match Banquet is extraordinary; it is extremely rare for it to turn out the way hers did. And she’s happy. She’s really, truly happy.

But then something happens. Something even more unusual, something that sends Cassia’s world tumbling. She could choose to ignore it, simply dismiss it as a mistake of the Society.

Or she could fight.

The Society rules the lives of everyone – it takes care of their choices, both good and bad. Everyone is used to it; they know it’s for their best interests. They would never dare to think otherwise. But…

What if it isn’t for their best interests?

Matched reminds me very much of the Divergent trilogy, in the way that the Society is so much in control of everything. Freedom is something nobody ever even thought to fight for, until Cassia is faced with a terrible and rare decision. This is a book about love, but it also about fighting for what is right, and making choices in a world where there is none. 4 stars out of 5 for this piece of work by Ally Condie.

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