Sunday, March 17, 2013

Crossed, by Ally Condie


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.

     After an interesting and incredible adventure in the beginning of the "Matched" trilogy, "Crossed" keeps its futuristic dystopia active, immersing the reader in a different and challenging world in which is narrated this time by two of the main characters: Cassia and Ky.
     The name "Crossed" describes really well the book, which follows Cassia's and Ky's journey out of The Society with one major goal: find the Rising - the rebellion against the controlled Society that had been planned and developed for years.
     The story explores the details of their journey through canyons, rivers, farms... A completely different world from the one presented in the first book "Matched", which is organized, there are no mistakes, no diseases,  everything is controlled by The Society that works as an hierarchy , but a major leader was never presented.
     "Crossed" combines a long journey with a teenager romance. It points out details about a simple life that even citizens of our society nowadays do not realize.
     A whole world is out there. Is it good? Is it bad? That's your choice.
     At to what extent is it worth to have your life controlled with no freedom of thinking, but at the same time, to have no worries? The Society will always keep you safe, everything will be in order, you would know and be secure about your job, who you would marry, what you would eat and do. No worries. No freedom.
     A fact that intrigues me and is also mentioned in the book is that back in the past, before the Society even exists, the people who came up with "this idea" asked the others if they wanted to live in a Society designed like it is described in the book. Most of them agreed and accepted. Even though "Matched" is a fictional trilogy, I can see and apply its roots to our society and to the humans we are. The ones who did not want to live in the Society became farmers our villagers, and eventually they started to be attacked and classified by the Society as Aberrations and Anomalies. They chose to be free, but most of them chose to loose their liberty and be "taken care". 
     Citizen or Aberration.
     Again, the choice is yours.

Depression after Reading: 80%
Final Rating: 80%

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