Author: Ally Condie
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Futuristic/Dystopian Fiction
Series: Matched, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The sequel to Matched is a worthy addition to the series, spanning outside of The Society and into the Outer Provinces, and secrets, betrayals, and mystery abound throughout.
Picking up where Matched left off, Cassia is sent to the Outer Provinces to work. When she is suddenly transported further out, she makes a decision that took fruit at the end of the first novel: to run as far away as she can and try to find Ky, as well as join the resistance, an organization called The Rising. Half of the novel is Ky and Cassia's life before they run: Cassia working with other girls, Ky fighting The Enemy and burying the dead, Aberrations like himself. (Aberrations are people who are branded with Infractions--crimes--and thus cannot be eligible for citizenship in The Society, and the benefits surrounding it.) Cassia is able to get away, slipping into the canyons of the Outer Provinces with another girl named Indie. Ky too escapes during an attack, taking a boy his own age, Vick, and a younger boy named Eli. Slowly but surely, Cassia and Ky find their way to one another.
Despite their joyful reunion, questions are asked and secrets are made uncovered--secrets that could tear them apart and their love to shreds. By the end of the novel, Ky and Cassia do find The Rising, only for Cassia to be spent back into The Society's capitol, Central, to work from the inside, with Ky still at camp. It seemed a bit of a ripoff to me to have them travel all that way and then have Cassia walk right back into the fray. But other than that, the book was glorious. I look forward to Reached and I hope you guys will enjoy the series as much as I do.