Crossed (novel)

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Crossed
Crossed cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Ally Condie
Country United States
Language English
Series Matched trilogy
Genre Young adult/
Romance/
dystopian
Publisher Dutton Juvenile
Publication date
November 1, 2011
Media type Print (Hardback or Softback)
Pages 367
Preceded by Matched
Followed by Reached

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

Plot[edit]

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky taken by the Society to his certain death only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake. Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, she faces yet another life-changing decision. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double-crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception to Crossed was mixed to positive, with the Tampa Bay Times praising the book's "mental mystery and emotional aspects".[1] Kidz World commented that the book "seemed to miss the mark. The entire book was spent in the Outer Provinces, which was not only visually dry, but offered little action and excitement."[2] Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews both gave the entry positive reviews, with Publishers Weekly stating that while readers will need to read the previous book, Crossed's "vivid, poetic writing will pull fans through as Condie immerses readers in her characters' yearnings and hopes".[3][4]

The books reached as high as Number 2 on the New York Times bestseller list for children's chapter books, which includes young adult novels.[5][6]

Characters[edit]

Cassia Reyes- Cassia has been sent voluntarily to a work camp to find Ky. When she escapes camp, along with her friend, Indie, they are sent to the Outer Provinces, the area where Ky has been sent. Cassia and Indie set out on a journey to find both Ky, and any evidence of a rebellion or rising against the society.

Ky Markham- Ky was taken from his home violently in the last novel. Now we find Ky in a labor camp, trying to stay alive. He befriends another boy, Vick, and together they escape their own camp. They set out to find Cassia and the mysterious society that Ky used to know of as a child, the farmers.

Indie- Cassia's friend from camp who helps her escape. Although Cassia trusts Indie, she is mysterious, sneaky, and possibly dishonest. Indie wants to find the rebellion and join; this is why she has stayed with Cassia.

Vick- Ky's friend from camp who escapes with him. Vick is caring and compassionate, but also very secretive and seemingly stoic.

Eli- A young boy whom Ky takes with him when he escapes from camp, because he reminds him of Cassia's younger brother, Bram. Eli is younger and weaker than Ky and Vick, but he manages to keep up with them and aid them when possible.

Hunter- a farmer from the carving, a mountain range in the Outer Provinces. Hunter has just lost his only daughter, and is now trying to find the other farmers on their trek to someplace safe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mowat, Rachel. "Book review: 'Crossed' by Ally Condie". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Book Review: Crossed by Ally Condie". Kidz World. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Children's review: Crossed". Publishers Weekly. November 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "CROSSED By Ally Condie". Kirkus Reviews. October 1, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Best Sellers - Children's Chapter Books - November 20, 2011, The New York Times (Number 2)
  6. ^ Best Sellers: Children's Chapter Books: Sunday, April 1st 2012, The New York Times (Number 10)

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