Ally Condie Reveals ‘Matched’ Sequel

Today Ally Condie revealed the cover to Crossed, which is the sequel to last year’s Matched. I love the new cover art, and I’m excited to read part two in this trilogy. One of my criticisms of Matched was that it was slow-paced and there wasn’t enough action, but I have hope that this won’t be a problem in Crossed. Here’s the official summary:

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.

Crossed will be published on November 1, 2011.

New Releases 11/30

Matched by Ally Condie is out today! I read and reviewed an advance copy of this book a few months ago. You can read my review here. Basically, I think all the blurbs from critics saying that this is the new Hunger Games are wrong — the story isn’t as fast-paced and suspenseful, it’s much less action-y and there’s more navel-gazing. It’s not going to hook people in quite the same way. But I liked it, and I think the story really has room to grow as a series, and I think you should all check it out.

Matched

Matched by Ally Condie

Matched is one of many in the slew of dystopian YA novels being released this year. I totally love dystopian fiction, and there’s been a ton of it released since The Hunger Games came out and was such a success. Hooray! And Matched has been getting a ton of good press, so I was pretty excited to get my hands on an advance copy.

We are introduced to our narrator, Cassia Reyes, just before her matching ceremony. Cassia lives in a world set many generations in our future, known as The Society. Citizens do not seek individuality, but betterment of The Society, so they do not own property or many possessions, they eat meals that are cooked for maximum nutritional benefit (not taste), and they marry the person they are Matched with. Cassia is overjoyed to find out that she has been Matched with her best friend since childhood, Xander. However, when Cassia gets home and plugs in the microcard with more information about her Match on it, Xander’s picture doesn’t show up — Ky Markham’s does! Could The Society have made a mistake, or was Cassia meant to be Matched with Ky? This question haunts Cassia for the rest of the book as she discovers that The Society is hiding things from the citizens, and that they may not have the best intentions.
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