By Stephan Lee
September 13, 2011 at 02:02 PM EDT

You’ll have to wait until Nov. 1 to get your hands on Crossed, the hotly anticipated sequel to Matched — luckily, EW got a hold of the first two chapters before anybody else! As suggested by this snow globe-shattering cover, our heroine Cassia is exploring the wild, open world on the outer edges of the oppressive Society. Braving perilous canyons and dangerous terrain, Cassia embarks on a mission to save Ky from certain death. The locations make for a novel that has a look and feel that’s different from the first, without losing author Ally Condie’s cool prose and breezy pacing. Also different: alternating perspectives, as you’ll see below, between Cassia and Ky!

For those of you haven’t been inducted into the Society yet, check out the book that started it all, Matched, new in paperback a week from today. In the meantime, start reading below. (If you’re on an iPad, download the PDF of this excerpt here).

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