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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 630L (What's this?)
  • Series: Matched (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 367 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; First Edition edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525423656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525423652
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,041 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Crossed:

“Cassia and Ky grapple with secrets, wilderness and the tumultuous meanings of love in the second installment of this addictive, layered dystopic trilogy… Although two-boys-one-girl triangles run rife in this genre, Condie’s is complicated and particularly human, involving real emotional scars… Both rich and easy to digest, this will leave fans hungry for the third book.” - Kirkus, starred review

“Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic.” - School Library Journal

“This is more than just a placeholder between the first and last parts of a trilogy… Condie effectively sets the stage for the final chapter in Cassia’s story by leaving the reader hanging at the end of the book. Matched fans will devour this book and be eager for the concluding one.” - VOYA

“…vivid, poetic writing… Condie immerses readers in her characters’ yearnings and hopes.” - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.

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I felt about this book as I did the first (Matched), a little slow.
Matched left me thinking things were going to really get going in this book, but while reading Crossed, I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen.
What's Beyond Forks?
I still love Ally Condie's writing style and I still loved the characters and their voices.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

181 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
At the risk of unpopularity, I will admit that I was not a huge fan of Matched. It was okay, but my expectations were Hunger Games high, and the book didn't meet them. There was very little tension about the eventual choice that Cassia would make, and yet I really didn't understand her decision.

That said, I thought Crossed was a far stronger novel. In it, Cassia has determined to risk everything in order to find Ky. The story is told in chapters alternating between their two viewpoints, and Crossed is far more action-packed and fast-paced than Matched was. Cassia and Ky are both challenged in ways they have not been previously, and we learn more of who they are as they rise (or fail to rise) to these challenges. Several of the characters from the first novel are off-stage in this one, but new characters are introduced. Unlikely alliances are made. Stakes are raised. Cassia and Ky are growing up fast, and their relationship is both maturing and tested in this book. And while this volume focuses primarily on Cassia and Ky, don't write off Xander. He is still very much a part of the story. I expect we'll see a lot more of him soon.

I was somewhat ambivalent about continuing on to this second book, but I am now looking forward to the conclusion of this trilogy. Condie has done a good job setting up the endgame. With luck, the third will be the best yet.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover

In my review of Matched, I made a mention of the fact that I was "eager" to read Crossed "despite" the reviews I had read. And I was, I really was. The problem? I should have listened when every single one of them said-in one way or another-that nothing happened.

Alright, I'm getting quite snappy and far ahead of myself. I was excited to pick up Crossed, because I thought Matched carried so much promise. Before 100 pages had gone by, however, I was quite disappointed. My first shocker was that the book kept switching back and forth between Ky and Cassia as narrators. Yes, yes, I see that the blurb mentions that, but I didn't read it before I dove right in. I probably should have, but what can I say? The back and forth got quite choppy in places, and as Ky and Cassia met up again it got fairly bulky. Some of those chapters seemed like they were just thrown in so that a chapter break could be had in between (mostly) Cassia's viewpoint.

My second problem was the apparent ADD the book had developed. Now, I don't mind flashbacks when they're done properly but this...wasn't it. Both Cassia and Ky were jumping in and out of the past and present with almost no warning, leaving my jolted out of the writing and thoroughly confused. This was heavily prevalent in the front of the book, disappeared in the middle and showed up once or twice again in the end. It was a very, very messy use of flashbacks that left me rather annoyed.

The thing about Crossed is that it really wasn't a book. Sure, there was a vague plotline taking place, but if I was being kind I'd call it filler in between Matched and the final and yet untitled third book. It was barely even that.
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful By J. Tsao on January 28, 2012
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Where do I start?

This book's most egregious sin is that it is absolutely BORING. Nothing happens in the entire book. Nothing of consequence is revealed. The entire book could have been summarized into one chapter or less.

The other huge problem I had with this book is the switching between two narrators. Normally, this technique does not bother me, but Ms. Condie writes both Ky and Cassia in exactly the same voice. I mean - EXACTLY. Because of this, I constantly lost track of who the narrator was and had to flip back and forth.

The story left me both bored and confused. One is bad - both together are horrible.

Also, if you plan to read this book (and you probably shouldn't), you should go back and reread Matched immediately before. I read Matched when it was first released and Crossed is not written in a way that it reminds the reader what happened in Matched. In fact, there were some things that were mentioned 3/4 of the way in (e.g. Cassia being an excellent sorter) that I had forgotten about and would have been useful to have been reminded of earlier in the book.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Prather TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I loved Matched for it's engaging characters, it's tender romance and the fact that it didn't rely so much on the violence that is so prevalent in other dystopian novels. Unfortunately, the very things that made me love Matched were delivered two fold in Crossed and so overwhelmed the story that it was simply not enjoyable. The plot is what suffered in this middle book of the trilogy, with entirely too much time spent on philosophical, overly dramatic musings on past events, with little attention paid to actually moving the story along.

The author makes some efforts to continue to inject some romantic tension into the story, but it seems token at best. In Matched, this generated most of the suspense of the novel, and without it here, the plot seems to meander along aimlessly. This was not a compelling read, and I find myself not caring very much about what happens to Cassia and Ky. The book is told in alternating perspectives between the two, and their voices were so without character or depth that I often had a hard time remembering who was speaking. There's not much world building going on in this installment, and few surprises. A bit more action was needed and a bit less "navel gazing". I hope the author is able to produce a story line that is a bit more dynamic to wrap up this trilogy. It certainly has potential.
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