Author: Ally Condie
Release Date: November 2011
Published By: Dutton Juvenile
Goodreads Rating: 3.51 stars
Review: Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in desperate search of Ky, only to find him missing with a series of clues left in his wake. As she follows them, whatever certainty she's gained in her life is severely shaken by an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander who, even after all this time, conflicts her. Nothing is as is expected on the edge of Society.
I was a little nervous to start CROSSED because I loved the prequel, and I was worried this book wouldn't live up to it. Luckily, it turned out I had nothing to worry about, because this book was just as awesome - and arguably more so - than its predecessor, no matter what the surprising amount of negative reviews I've seen say about it.
I'd forgotten how gorgeous Ally Condie's writing is when I began reading this book, so the pure poetry of her words was definitely a pleasant surprise. Every sentence she penned flowed smoothly into the next with a simplicity that managed to have a resounding effect. Honestly, she could have been writing about grass growing and I would have cried for the grass's tortured adolescence.
It's amazing how the author is able to make us care so much about the characters. I found myself aching for Cassia and Ky, longing for them to finally be together and dying a little on the inside at every obstacle that came between them. This book struck the right balance between action and romance, managing to show a wonderful romance without compromising the actual story.
Apart from Cassia and Ky, a brand new cast of characters rose up, with faces like Indie making an appearance, and I loved them all. Each had a unique personality and added something incredible to the story, fleshing this trilogy out into something more. Indie in particular was fierce and determined, and I ended up rooting for her quite a bit.
All in all, CROSSED was everything I hoped it would be and more, as cliché as it is to say it. Condie's writing was poetic and beautiful, and I cared - possibly far too much - for each and every character traipsing throughout this story. All I can do is recommend the heck out of this book as strongly as I can and wait anxiously for the final book in the trilogy.