Second in the Matched trilogy by Ally Condie.
Ky has been taken away to fight the Enemy in the Outer Provinces, and Cassia is determined to find him. She leaves to find him after Ky is taken away, with the blue tablets and other items Xander gave her before she left. When she leaves, she meets a girl called Indie, who helps her hide her blue tablets when she is searched. The girls become friends fast.
Meanwhile Ky has escaped from the camp he was taken to, with two friends, Vick and Eli. They escaped to the canyons together, where Anomalies are rumored to live. Meanwhile, Cassia has posed as an Aberration to find Ky, but when she learns that he has escaped, she follows him in to the Canyons with Indie.
When in the Canyons, Cassia and Indie are so short of food that Cassia takes a blue tablet, believing it will save her life by not allowing her to die of starvation. Indie doesn’t know this, but Indie knows the truth about the blue tablets: they will make you go still, and if someone does not help you, you will die. Ky also learns this from his friends.
Soon after, Cassia feels sick, but insists that she and Indie should keep on going. When Cassia fails to get better in a few days, Indie demands to know what she ate. Cassia admits to eating the blue tablet, and Indie is furious, though she knows it’s not Cassia’s fault. She explains how the blue tablets are dangerous, and is astonished at how Cassia kept walking through the tablet that should have immobilized her. Cassia hopes this means she is immune to the red tablet as well.
Finally, the girls find Ky, Vick and Eli. Eli reminds Cassia of her brother, and she takes a liking to him. Vick is soon killed by the poisoned water in the stream, which Ky learns was poisoned by Society. He is depressed at his friend’s death, but agrees that they should keep moving.
So now, things are getting more and more dangerous. But when they reach the Rising, Ky and Cassia find that their problems are only just beginning…
This book was actually quite disappointing, because it is very slow- it’s quite a letdown after fast-paced Matched, which is definitely better, whereas here it is set mostly in the canyons, with little opportunity for anything exciting. However, it’s still quite a good read, and answers some of the questions left hanging at Matched, though at times it does get boring. Good for ages 11-14.
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