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School Library Journal - 12/01/2011 Gr 7 Up—Cassia, Ky, and Xander are back in this eagerly awaited sequel to Matched (Dutton, 2010), joined by new friends and facing new obstacles. Ky has been banished to the outer provinces along with many other young Aberrations to serve as cannon fodder for the unseen enemy of the Society. It is a brutish-and certain to be very short-life. But Ky and his friends Vick and Eli escape into The Carving, a vast system of canyons seemingly beyond the reach of the Society. Meanwhile, Cassia escapes a Society work camp and flees into the canyons, risking everything to find Ky and a rumored rebellion called the Rising, once again leaving behind Xander. Ky reluctantly shares bits of his past with her, only hinting at his aversion to the Rising. Xander, though not physically present in the canyons, intrudes on their relationship again and again and is withholding important information. Caught between the Society and the Rising, and wanting only to be together, Ky and Cassia must choose a side if they are to survive. Told in alternating chapters from their points of view, the book gives readers full access to the hearts and minds of two memorable characters. Their needs, love, and internal conflicts are palpable. Their voices are distinct and authentic, and the writing is often poetic. But this volume resolves little, leaving readers hungry for the final book in the trilogy.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA - Copyright 2011 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/01/2011 Readers will find themselves worlds away from the pristine confines of the Society in this sequel to Matched (2010). In her search for Ky, Cassia follows his trail to the wilds of the outer provinces, where death and unpredictability greet her at every turn. Ky is determined to find his way back to her, even if he has been condemned to death in service to the Society. By splitting the narration between Ky and Cassia, Condie delves into the inner lives of her characters, plumbing their pasts, confronting their beliefs, and preparing them for a final stand that’s sure to come in the next book. - Copyright 2011 Booklist.