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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

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Every bit as good as its prequel

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!

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  • Tracy
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 09-09-12

Loved it, better than the first book

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!

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  • Andrew
  • Linden, CA, United States
  • 09-02-12

Better Than The First Book

Would you listen to Crossed again? Why?

Ya in the future perhaps, if I have forgotten about it.

What other book might you compare Crossed to and why?

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.

What does Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

A father burying his daughter. I'll let you find out!!!

Any additional comments?

This book was wonderful and I can't wait for the 3rd audio book to come out.

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  • Lisa
  • LOCKPORT, NY, United States
  • 08-30-12

Better than "Matched" Heartfelt, worth the listen!

What did you love best about Crossed?

Ky- his character development and the voice of the male narrator- Much better, He brings Ky to life

What other book might you compare Crossed to and why?

Divergent Trilogy, Enclave and the like. Dystopian Society

Which character – as performed by Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono – was your favorite?

KY

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Movies never capture a book correctly but.. Do you be who SOCIETY wants you to be or do you be YOU

Any additional comments?

Second book very well written, brought tears to my eyes multiple times.

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I love this Series

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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!

What did you like best about this story?

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.

What does Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Dan
  • Syracuse, UT, United States
  • 08-16-12

Its just ok

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

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.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono ’s performances?

Yes!

Was Crossed worth the listening time?

I was driving back and forth from Wyoming and it helped pass the time.

Any additional comments?

Interesting story basis but without any of those "ah, ha!" moments.

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Love this book

If you could sum up Crossed in three words, what would they be?

Couldn't stop listening.

What other book might you compare Crossed to and why?

It is the sequel to "Matched." I found them very comparable to the "Uglies" series.

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A lot of Running, A lot of Getting Nowhere

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

What could Ally Condie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

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.

What three words best describe Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono ’s performance?

Kate: Believable, Clear, Precise
Jack: Mumbles, Flat, Whispers

What character would you cut from Crossed?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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Just ok

I was anxiously awaiting the follow-on book to Matched, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Crossed was just ok. It was difficult at times connecting the current story line to the previous book - and if you didn't read/listen to Matched (the first book in the series) I am afraid it would be difficult to follow some of the story line.

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Good 2nd book!

What made the experience of listening to Crossed the most enjoyable?

This basically picks up where the first one left off. Cassia is searching for Ky and a whole lot of factors make this a journey.

What other book might you compare Crossed to and why?

The Hunger Games or Divergent because of the controlling societies.

What does Kate Simses and Jack Riccobono bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Nothing but Their voices were good for the characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes