Series: Matched #2
Author: Ally Condie
From the Publisher: 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.
I had such high hopes for this book after absolutely loving the first one. But… this one fell flat for me. Cassia and Ky didn’t seem like the same two characters, and parts of the story were just glossed over in such a way that I couldn’t suspend my disbelief.
How did Cassia become someone who seeks to rebel against society so quickly after being someone who always does as she’s told?
How did Cassia get sent to work detail and then get sent away with the Aberrations and Anomalies all without the Society finding out or changing her Citizen status?
Xander’s secret is just way too convenient for the circumstances.
Ky’s unwillingness to do anything (ie join the Rising or stay within Society) does not match his personality. At all.
I will continue to read the series, because I have high hopes that book 3 will redeem book 2. But I have my doubts, given how the end of Crossed played out. This series had such high potential to be an incredible dystopian series, but I don’t think it will reach that potential.