Crossed

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Matched, Book 2
Ally Condie
Juvenile Fiction
Puffin
2013
367

Seventeen-year-old Cassia sacrifices everything and heads to the Outer Provinces in search of Ky, where she is confronted with shocking revelations about Society and the promise of rebellion.

 

Review:

Unlike many second books in series, “Crossed” managed to not only match, but surpass, the first.

As with the first, Cia is discovering more about the Society than she was ever meant to know.  The pacing is excellent, with a great balance of action and character development.  New questions are raised while also giving readers some resolution to a few from “Matched”, thereby avoiding the frustration of too many loose ends found in many second novels in a trilogy.

The writing itself is superb and raises many thought-provoking questions about the importance of art, censorship, and the role of the government in our lives.  What are we willing to pay for perfect health and stability?   Are our choices worth exchanging for security?  Will that security last?

Both books in the “Matched” series are excellent introductions into the dystopian genre for younger readers.  The questions are important, but the content is presented in a way which is accessible and without too much in the way of questionable content.  It is a good series for parents to read along with their children.

 

Content Warning:

Violence, Very Mild Sexual Situations

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