Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Series, book 3/3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: the Penguin Group
Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Note: This post reviews the third book of the Matched trilogy. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Matchedand Crossed, before reading this review.
Cassia and Ky (and their friend Indie) are now a part of the Rising, but are assigned to vastly different roles. Ky and Indie are pilots, and Cassia is back in the Society, working undercover. This time, she lives in Central. Xander, too, is with the Rising, and even though Cassia suspects this, she doesn’t know for sure. Cassia finds herself separated from the two people she cares about most.
The Rising, the resistance group that has been moving in secret for many years, emerges at the outbreak of the Plague. One of the strengths of the Society has always been their ability to protect its citizens from any sickness or disease. But now, with the Plague threatening the masses, the Rising is the group to come forward with the cure, not the Society. Because of the cure, the Rising takes over the Society and is seen as the savior. But when an unforeseen mutation caused by the cure begins to develop in many, neither the Society nor the Rising has a solution. It is up to Cassia and Ky and Xander to search for a final cure themselves. Some are immune to this mutation – but not all.
This conclusion to the Matched trilogy was the most exciting of the three books. Building on the last book, we now get to experience the story being told not only from Cassia’s and Ky’s points of view, but Xander’s as well. In this way, we see what is going on in each of their different worlds during the same time frame. This keeps things constantly moving to help keep the reader engaged at any point in the story.
I found a couple of things annoying, however. The writer seemed to think that Ky needed a second love interest, since Cassia always had Xander as an option, too. So there is this build up of emotions between Ky and Indie, the girl who escaped in book two with Cassia. Even though Ky needs Cassia more than anything in the world, he and Indie develop a relationship that is all their own. (BOO) It escalates to Indie kissing him, and not being too bothered by it. Not only that, but Ky and Cassia both act like it’s ok to love two people at the same time – Ky loves Cassia and Indie, Cassia loves Ky andXander, though admittedly in different ways. I don’t enjoy watching these kinds of relationships, fictional or not.
Other than that, I really did enjoy not only this book, but the series as whole. Dystopian fiction has obviously taken off in a dramatic way, and I liked seeing this take on what our world is going to become if we continue down the paths we are on. These stories should make us think a bit more about how our choices now really will affect the future of this world.
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