Crossed (Matched)

By Ally Condie

The hugely expected moment publication within the New York Times bestselling Matched trilogy!

Chasing down an doubtful destiny, Cassia makes her technique to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken through Society to his convinced death--only to discover that he has escaped into the majestic, yet treacherous, canyons.  in this wild frontier are glimmers of a special lifestyles . . . and the captivating promise of uprising. yet at the same time Cassia sacrifices every little thing to reunite with Ky, creative surprises from Xander may perhaps swap the game.  at the fringe of Society, not anything is as anticipated, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's direction extra twisted than ever.

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We’re status the following at the simple out within the open for someone to determine. “Let’s get contained in the Carving,” I say. within the west past the mountains the sunlight slides low—almost gone—on an afternoon of darkish and lightweight. Vick long gone. Cassia right here. “How did you do it? ” I ask, drawing towards her as we slip into the Carving. She turns to respond to me, her breath sizzling on my cheek. We come jointly to kiss back, our palms and lips light and grasping with one another. opposed to her hot dermis I whisper, “How did you discover us? ” “The compass,” she says, and he or she presses it into my hand. To my shock it’s the single I made from stone. “So the place will we pass now? ” Eli asks, his voice wavering, after we achieve the spot the place we camped with Vick. It nonetheless smells like smoke. The beams of our flashlights capture the silver of fallen fish scales. “Are we nonetheless going to move the obvious? ” “We can’t,” Indie says. “Not for an afternoon or , besides. Cassia’s been in poor health. ” “I’m positive now,” Cassia tells us. Her voice sounds robust. I achieve for the chert in my pack to begin one other small fireplace. “I imagine we remain right here tonight,” I inform Eli. “We can come to a decision extra within the morning. ” Eli nods and with out my asking starts off to assemble brush for the fireplace. “He’s so young,” Cassia says softly. “Did the Society ship him out the following? ” “Yes,” I say. I strike the chert. not anything. She places her hand on mine and that i shut my eyes. the subsequent time I strike, the sparks snap and fly and he or she catches her breath. Eli brings an armful of stringy, tricky brush. whilst he provides it to the fireplace, it crackles and the scent of sage rises into the night—sharp and wild. Cassia and that i take a seat as with regards to one another as we will. She leans into me and that i continue my palms round her. I don’t idiot myself that I carry her together—she does that on her own—but protecting her retains me from flying aside. “Thank you,” Cassia tells Eli. i will be able to inform from her voice that she smiles at him and he smiles again, slightly. He sits within the spot the place Vick sat final evening. Indie strikes to provide Eli extra space and leans in to work out the fireplace dance. She glances at me and that i see a flash of anything in her eyes. I shift place a bit, blocking off her view folks with my again and angling my flashlight in order that it shines on Cassia’s arms. “What occurred? ” I ask her. She appears down. “I lower them on a rope,” she says. “We climbed into one other canyon trying to find you ahead of we got here again to this one. ” She glances on the different and smiles at them sooner than she leans in additional heavily. “Ky,” she says, “we’re jointly back. ” i've got continuously enjoyed the way in which she says my identify. “I can’t think it both. ” “I needed to locate you,” she says. She slips her fingers round me, beneath my coat, and that i think her arms on my again. I do an identical. She’s so moderate and small. and robust. not anyone else may possibly do what she’s performed. I pull her even nearer, the discomfort and unlock of touching her a sense I be mindful from the Hill. it's even more advantageous now. “There’s whatever i have to inform you,” Cassia whispers in my ear. “I’m listening,” I say. She takes a deep breath. “I don’t have the compass anymore. the only you gave me again in Oria.

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