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Review: Crossed and Reached by Ally Condie

30 Dec
Crossed & Reached by Ally Condie

Crossed & Reached by Ally Condie

Crossed

Goodreads Summary:  In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Reached

Goodreads Summary: After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

One of my reading goals for the Holiday Break was to finish this trilogy. I read Crossed in early 2011 and I loved it. The entire series is reminiscent of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, one of my all time favorite young adult dystopians.

Condie’s writing is very strong. Her character development is excellent. She creates a world that pulls the reader in and doesn’t let go until the last word. I wasn’t sure how she was going to solve the love triangle of Cassia, Ky and Xander and I was pleasantly surprised with her solution. All of the characters in this trilogy (including the supporting characters) are strong individuals that engage the reader on many different levels.

Crossed and Reached were two of my favorite reads for 2012 – not that I listed them on any of the previous blog hop posts as I only just finished them.

If you like dystopian novels in the spirit of The Giver, then I highly recommend you read this trilogy.

 

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