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Unmissable Marie Claire (on Matched) Poetic, page-turning prose Telegraph Beautifully written, touching and intelligent Daily Mirror This smart and imaginative story is utterly thrilling Closer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Matched Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Audio CD: 10 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611760100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611760101
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,199 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,462,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ally Condie (www.allycondie.com) 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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185 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Susan Tunis TOP 1000 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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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook on March 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

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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29 of 38 people found the following review helpful By J. Tsao on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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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28 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Blair on April 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I've never been so disappointed in a sequel. I thought the first one was nice and fluffy YA entertainment. I'd enjoyed the concept and the world Condy was building. Then we get to Crossed: Cassia and Ky wander around SO IN LOVE and reciting poetry. Nothing happens. You find out more about a few characters' pasts without seeing any development. It's like Condy had enough material for 2 books but the publishers wanted to squeeze out three, and Crossed resulted. It's too bad, bc Im no longer interested in the third. I'm truly shocked there are any positive reviews on here at all. Some books are so bad that they're good, or at least entertaining. This is just bad.
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14 of 18 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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