Today, we are thrilled to be hosting the latest stop on the official blog tour for Crossed by Ally Condie, the sequel to her best-selling novel Matched. We’re honored to have Ally guest blogging, and tomorrow we’ll have a chance for you to win an amazing prize pack!
And now, here’s Ally:
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I’ve mentioned earlier that I knew I wanted each book in the Matched trilogy to focus on one of the arts (though all of the arts are interwoven in each book–elements of poetry, music, and painting woven throughout all three of the novels). When I chose Cassia’s favorite painting in MATCHED, I selected a painting called Chasm of the Colorado by Thomas Moran:
My mother, an art professor, introduced me to Thomas Moran and his work when I was young. She told me (and my brother and sisters) that Moran painted the West and sent the paintings back East so that people and legislators there could see this amazing landscape and want to protect it.
I chose this painting because it is dramatic, beautiful, and a painting to which I felt Cassia would respond. (Additionally, I chose it because it is so fine technically and Moran is such a renowned painter, I felt like it was a painting the Society would keep as one of the Hundred.)
With the exception of her moments with Ky on the hill, this painting represents Cassia’s entire exposure to the wilderness. Until CROSSED. Then, Cassia encounters a real canyon:
“Oh,” I whisper. “Oh.”
The world changes here.
Before me is a land of canyons, of chasms, of gashes and gorges. A land of shadows and shades, of rises and falls. Of red and blue and very little green…As the sky lightens and I see the jagged stones and gaping canyons, the Carving does remind me a little of the painting Xander gave me.
But the Carving is real.
The world is so much bigger than I thought it was.
The world Cassia has only seen and experienced in paintings is now real to her. And it will change her too.
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Thanks to Ally for stopping by! Tune in tomorrow for our Crossed contest! Meanwhile, here’s more about the book & Ally:
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.
Ally Condie is the author of the international bestseller Matched, and its newly-released sequel, Crossed. Matched was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten, named as one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010, selected as the #1 Pick on the Winter Kid’s Indie Next List, and received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. In a starred review for the sequel, Crossed, Kirkus called the Matched series an “addictive, layered dystopic trilogy.”
A former English teacher (who still keeps her license current, just in case!), she lives with her husband and three sons outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.