I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, if you liked The Hunger Games, you will love the Matched series, by Ally Condie. The world in which Matched and Crossed takes placed is called The Society. And, “in the Society, the Officials decide, when you work, when you die, and more importantly, WHO YOU LOVE”. Just IMAGINE if you had no choice. I mean NOTHING was left to chance. Ever. Your job is picked for you, your clothes are picked for you, your food is picked for you, you’re only allowed to listen to a certain number of pre-selected songs, movies and leisure activities are chosen for you, BOOKS DO NOT EXIST, and handwriting is a thing of the past. In The Society, your husband or wife is picked for you, it is already determined how many children you will have, and, it is planned, down to the minute, when you will die.
Cassia breaks the rules, and then some, when she decides to go against everything that she was ever taught, and pledge her undying love to Ky, instead of her “match”, Xander. This romantic gesture does not come without obstacles, and CROSSED continues the relationship of the star-crossed lovers, Cassia and Ky, and takes us to the treacherous Outer Provinces of The Society.
It is a frustrating tale, it is an exciting tale, it is, in many ways a romantic tale. It will leave you with another gigantic cliffhanger, which suggests that Condie has more in store for this series. My suggestion is to read the two books close together, as it is easy to forget some of the events that happened in Matched, and although they are the basis for the Crossed segment, nothing is, for lack of a better term, “reviewed”. (So it could get confusing.)
Live, Love, Learn,
The Write Teacher