The hotly awaited second book in the dystopian Matched trilogy....
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.
©2011 Ally Condie (P)2011 Penguin
Kate Simses is great, as always, but I couldn't stand Jack Riccobono. Every time he speaks as the character Ky he comes off as a whiney overly-dramatic person who is difficult to listen to. The story is good, but not as good as the first book.
Love this site! I have a very busy job, so listening to audio books enables me to keep up on great stories!
When Ky and Cassia got to see each other again! I was rooting for them!
No, I liked it, but not as much as the first.
This was a hard one. I really liked Jack Riccobono for Ky, but when he has to do a "Cassia" voice, I was taken out of the story because it was so bad. A boy doing a girl's voice, and not well. I couldn't get past it.
This book is a great follow up to Matched and every bit as good as the first book. It just leaves you waiting for Reached to come out too! I like that you start to get a look into Ky's mind as well and that he gets to narrate part of the book as well. Some of the things that happen are a little more predictable than I might have hoped for, but that doesn't really take away from the story. Since this book really just follows the previous book and the two blend together a bit for me I'll repeat what I had to say about the first book -
The writing is beautiful, I loved so much of the imagery and description in the book. Ally uses some really great literary techniques but makes them feel weightless. It really helped make you feel like you were there. The book makes you think about the prices we pay for the choices we make, and sometimes the prices others have to pay for our choices. It makes you think about the value of even having choices. It is a love triangle book, so if you're getting sick of all the love triangles you might find that aspect of the book a little annoying but if you can get past that aspect of the book the book itself is quite enjoyable.
The narration is also quite excellent. Kate and Jack do a great job of differentiating characters without seeming too over-the-top or over-dramatic.
Overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a great story that will make you think a little!
I loved how much deeper and more complex the relationships became in this book and where the story led, plus the writing was beautiful! I cant wait for the third!
Ya in the future perhaps, if I have forgotten about it.
Matched/Crossed is most like the Delirium series of books. Girl fights society for the love of a boy that was not chosen for her by the society. Bother book series than lead into adventure.
I loved how the audio booked was separated by a male and female voice actor by every other chapter. The male voice covered the boy chapters and same for the lady voice reading the girls chapters. It kept the book feeling new and more on edge.
A father burying his daughter. I'll let you find out!!!
This book was wonderful and I can't wait for the 3rd audio book to come out.
Love to read and get lost in my books! I started listening to audio books about a year ago (as I work-out) and love it- keeps me exercising. I then usually buy the good ones and read them all over again.
Ky- his character development and the voice of the male narrator- Much better, He brings Ky to life
Divergent Trilogy, Enclave and the like. Dystopian Society
Movies never capture a book correctly but.. Do you be who SOCIETY wants you to be or do you be YOU
Second book very well written, brought tears to my eyes multiple times.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend and actually have. I really like the first book in the series and this is the second. I can hardly wait for the third book in the trilogy to come out!
Partly, I liked the "big brother is watching" type of thing. And how the main character and her friend found ways to get around it.
She read the part about the main girl and he read the parts about the boy and the mix was great. You saw the differing points of view more with the two voices.
It was very hard to put down. But at the same time I didn't want to finish it. I wanted it to last a long time.
Someone else said that they couldn't get into this book. I didn't have that problem at all. But if you do feel that way, keep reading. It seems to get better and better and more exciting all the way.
I love a book thats just left of normal. I believe the greatest books have plot lines that intersect and eventually connect.
Depending on the friend. Its kind of like all the other dystopian books out there. But in this one the male protagonist is just unbearably whiny.
I was driving back and forth from Wyoming and it helped pass the time.
Interesting story basis but without any of those "ah, ha!" moments.
Couldn't stop listening.
It is the sequel to "Matched." I found them very comparable to the "Uglies" series.
I feel like a younger audience may enjoy this more. I love youth fiction, but at 22 the repetitiveness of this book just didn't gel well with me. Matched did it too, but with Crossed I found this more tedious.
The first half was really slow paced, and I just had a hard time getting into it. While I was excited to listen to the first one, it took me a whole extra week to finish Crossed.
Kate: Believable, Clear, Precise
Jack: Mumbles, Flat, Whispers
If I could choose a character to eliminate, I would have cut out Xander. He just pulls Cassia back, and I feel like the author doesn't really know what to do with him. Plus, Indie falling in love with his picture just didn't seem like it made sense.
This book was not as good as the first, which made it really tough to get through. The first one at least flowed well and had a quick pace (for the most part), but Crossed was slow, and the reader for Ky on audiobook would mumble sometimes, which was annoying. For the first half of the book nothing really happens, just a lot of running. When the story finally quickens once Ky and Cassia finally meet up, it goes by too fast and I didn't really feel invested in their goal to find the rising. Cassia felt a little spoiled and selfish, and even though Ky's intentions were a little bit better than her's, he was no different. Both characters had very similar voices, and like the first book there's a lot of repeating. The love triangle is also getting tiring. I want to read the next book, but there's a part of me that really honestly doesn't care what happens next to these two. I will probably read it, but not on audiobook. Ky's voice is just too distracting.
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