Crossed, by Ally Condie, is the highly anticipated sequel to Matched. While a little late to the Matched fan club, I did fall in love with it, and then with Crossed. My one true complaint is the same one I expressed with Matched. The pacing is a little too slow. Most books seem to have a quick pacing, and the connections between story arcs happen at a nice speed. With Crossed, the slow pacing worked in some areas, but in others? I just wanted to hurry the plot along so I could get to the next destination. I'm appreciative of Condie's writing style, but seriously? Let's not drag certain plots out too long.
Despite the pacing issues, Crossed starts right where Matched left off. Without giving away spoilers, I'll just say that Ky and Cassia spend most of this book trying to find one another. Separated by the Society in love and life, both Ky and Cassia must learn to make do with their new arrangements. When everything fell apart at the end of Matched, both Ky and Cassia learn to be fighters. Fighters against the Society, and fighters for themselves. They learn to go after what they want, and in the end? It just may pay off.
A huge surprise in Crossed is getting to hear from Ky. When I opened up my book and started reading from Ky's voice, I was shocked and wary. This is a big turn from Matched. In the first book only Cassia narrated the story. It took me a few chapters to get used to the back-and-forth point-of-view shifts, but it really enhanced the book. With Cassia and Ky being in two separate places, hearing from both of them is needed. It gave me insight into Ky's past, present, and where he wants his future to go. I learned to love him all over again. This time? I loved Ky because he was real. He was sweet. He was strong. Thank you, Condie, for giving me more Ky!
Overall, Crossed is another great book. It's different from Matched, yet not better. nor worse. It's equally eloquent and beautiful. It ended in such a way that gives slight closure, yet leaves me hungry for the next one. Until we meet again, I encourage all readers to pick up Crossed.