Crossed by Ally Condie

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Publication Date: November 11, 2011
Publisher: Speak
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

The Society chooses everything.

The books you read.
The music you listen to.
The person you love.

Yet for Cassia the rules have changed. Ky has been taken and she will sacrifice everything to find him.

And when Cassia discovers Ky has escaped to the wild frontiers beyond the Society there is hope.

But on the edge of society nothing is as it seems…

A rebellion is rising.

And a tangled web of lies and double-crosses could destroy everything.

Crossed was one of those books that effortlessly showed me what a romance story is all about. Ky said, “I believe in her” so many times. He may not believe in the Society or in the Rising, but he believes in her. In Cassia. Cassia was the same way.
Crossed picks up a little after Matched ended. Both Cassia and Ky have been in work camps, separated from each other, but fighting to get to one another. Their belief in each other is what keeps both of them going every day. I wasn’t expecting them to actually see each other in this book, I went in assuming the reunion would be at the end of the novel, but was pleasantly surprised to see that they found each other a little less than halfway through.
One of the things that I loved about this book was that Condie was able to show a normal relationship. It wasn’t glamorized it was honest. Ky and Cassia fought and disagreed, but their love and belief in each other was great enough to triumph over it.
Condie introduces a new cast of supporting characters in this book and it was great to see the way that Ky and Cassia respond to it. Each of these new characters served to strengthen and provide growth for our main characters. It was nice to see Cassia coming into her own and having to survive on her own away from everything that she has ever known. Ky’s attitude and strength in the book was something I expected, but Cassia really shined and grew as a character.
The ending of this book really sets up for an explosive conclusion to the trilogy and I am looking forward to reading Reached