This here dystopian awesomeness is one of my favorites of the dystopian genre. This being the second book to the Matched series, it contiunes with the makn character Cassia and a boy named Ky.
I rate it a 8/10.
While it has an awesome plot and has a lot of potential, it comes off as slow when moving the story along.
Here we have the Society. A government operated society where NO ONE has a choice in what they do. It’s always chosen for them. Cassia in the first book Matched is being matched to her future husband, which starts the story off when she gets two matches? Pretty weird, and this is the Society we’re talking about. The Society never makes a mistake.
In the next book Crossed we have Cassia again as she begins to find herself. She is wanting to break away from the Society. She ventures out into the Outer Provinces where the Adnormalies and Aberrations live; where the poor people, the ones who aren’t brainwashed live.
So I hope this gives you enough reason to go out and read it based on what I’ve given you. It’s an amazing book full of poetry and romance. A LOT of poetry. I honestly never appreciated poetry all that much until I read Matched and Crossed. Through this series, I’ve learned poetry can represent anything you want it be, even if it wasn’t the author’s intention.
So onto the spoiler side of this review…
I love Ky. I really do. But why did he have to be so annoying in this book? He meant well but he was selfish and that got in the way a lot when they were trying to move on to find the Rebellion. It convinced me one hundred percent that Ky isn’t the angel who has gone through everything and has come out to be this wonderful guy who loves poetry and nature and Cassia. He’s selfish. I mean, he burned a map that would’ve been VERY USEFUL because he didn’t want Cassia to leave him.
Cassia was okay, I guess. She had her heart set on joining the rebellion and I could understand how she felt to be the only one who has grown up in the Society. Everyone expects her be snotty and proper and full of ignorance. Cassia is ignorant about some things that happen outside the Society, but her heart is set on learning everything there is to know. Even so, people like Ky like to get all rolly eye (if that’s even a thing) and annoyed towards her. I think that Cassia is getting herself into something she hardly knows anything about. And I kind of want to yell in her face to take it a step at a time and get all the details.
And then we have Eli, Vick, and Indie. I wanted to hug Eli throughout the this book just for being him. He’s a little kid living in this dangerous part of the world, yet he smiles and hangs in there. He’s brave. He’ll get through it if he has to. I love him to death.
Vick? I loved him too. I kind of got a random blow when he suddenly died. One moment he’s telling Ky of the love of his life and the next he’s dead. Wow. Just when I felt so bad for him, he just… okay. And also with timing, I can’t get over the fact that when they found him dead and buried him, that’s the moment when Ky found Cassia. Like split second after they were through. It doesn’t really affect my opinion on the book as a whole; I just thought it was weird.
I don’t like Indie all that much. I DO NOT like that Ky gives her so much attention and I hope that it doesn’t lead anywhere. She’s mean and heartless sometimes. She does what she can do to get by, even if she leaves behind destruction. I just didn’t feel her character really connect with me in any way. Indie’s different and diverse. She isn’t all passionate about poetry like Ky is and she doesn’t ask so many questions like Cassia. She’s expressionless and doesn’t take orders from anyone but herself. I don’t have much to say other than that.
I killed me in the beginning when Cassia and Ky were looking for each other.
Ky: Let’s sneak back to the Society so I can find Cassia.
Cassia: I’m finally in the Outer Provinces so I can search for Ky!
Ky: We’ll just go through the Carving to get to the Society!
Cassia: Ky left to go find me so I better follow him!
It took FOR-EVER for them to find each other. At least to me it was pretty long. It was pretty good when they weren’t together. I learned a lot that I needed to know, but at the same time I NEEDED Ky and Cassia to be together again.
They are definitely lovestruck for one another. I’m a sucker for a good romance. I love them together. Although, I could feel the tension between them in this book. Even before the whole, “you burned down the one thing that gave me hope!” fight, Ky was a little annoyed at the fact that Cassia knew nothing about his world and here she was trying to grasp everything into one handful.
That’s all I got for right now. It’s late, and I got school tomorrow! I encouage you to try out this series, just be prepared Ky and Cassia. They are so stressful to read about.