Publisher: Dutton Juvenille
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 a rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices every thing to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game once again.
Narrated from both Cassia's and Ky's point of view, this hotly anticipated sequel to Matched will take them both to the edge of Society, where nothing is as expected and crosses and double crosses make their path more twisted than ever.
My Summary: After leaving her safe, comfortable life in the Society, Cassia has spent the last few months working in camps for Aberrations like Ky, planting crops and doing hard labour while she waits for her placement to take her closer to him. She's determined to find him, but when she finally reaches the same camp, she discovers he's escaped with two fellow campers. Desperate to reach Ky, Cassia and her friend Indie make a break for it, risking everything to follow Ky into the Carving.
My Thoughts: I've been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about this installment in the Matched trilogy, but I honestly really enjoyed it. Crossed had a lot more action than its predecessor, but at the same time the writing was also a lot more poetic and the plot more character-driven than anything else. I really liked the fact that we got to know a lot more about Ky in this installment - he's such an interesting character, and it's great that we get to know him a little better in this book.
I also liked that Xander - although he wasn't a very large presence in this book 0 was not completely thrown by the wayside. He was still pretty significant in this installment, which makes me think we haven't seen the last of the love triangle just yet...
Final Thoughts: I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys dystopian novels (YA). Ignore the mixed reviews and find out for yourself! I definitely think it's worth the read.