Crossed (novel)

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First edition cover
AuthorAllyson Braithwaite Condie
CountryUnited States
SeriesMatched trilogy
GenreYoung adult, romance, dystopian
PublisherDutton Juvenile
Publication date
November 1, 2011
Media typePrint (hardback or softback)
Preceded byMatched 
Followed byReached 

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.


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]


Cassia Reyes - Cassia has been sent to a work camp to find Ky. When she escapes camp, along with her friend, Indie, they are sent to the Outer Provinces, 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. He 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.

Xander Carrow - Cassia’s match and best friend, from the same place as Cassia.


  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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