Published date: November 1, 2011
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 367 (hardcover)
The Matched series is probably one of my favorites of all time. Taking one of the most brilliant ideas, Condie shows how compliant we all could grow in a society where you don't get to choose who you love. Everything is handed to you, but it seems as if nothing comes free. The Society only asks for your compliance and ignorance of what goes on behind the curtain.
It seems as if Crossed's characters when through a lot as they were spit out of Matched's last pages. Sacrifices are made and Cassia gets to see a whole other world besides the quiet one she'd been living for all of her life. She experiences agony on the highest emotion level and quickly learns what it is like to survive on the edges of the Society.
One thing that really angered me was Ky's lack of...well anything. He seemed to turn into this huge jerk that was very indifferent about his feelings. Ky seemed to lose focus a little and drift from the greater picture. We quickly see that he wasn't the man we all thought him to be in Matched.
By the end of the book, Cassia has seen and done things no woman should go through and she becomes hardened. It left me with a tinge of melancholy, closing the last pages. I felt sorry for Cassia, but I also knew she will be strong enough to face anything in the coming finale, Reached.