Author: Ally Condie
Author's Website: www.allysoncondie.com
Publisher: Dutton (Penguin)
Agent: Jodi Reamer
Editor: Julie Strauss-Gabel
Released: November 13, 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian
Series: Matched #3
After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.This is a good conclusion to the series. I was a bit puzzled by it, since the focus seems to have shifted from rebelling against the inability to choose to fighting a Plague, but I did enjoy the book. On its own, not as part of an ideological trilogy, the book provides a hint of intrigue and a bit of suspense.
I'm having a hard time writing about the book, because I don't want to give the impression that I don't like it. I do. But it's a low-key, slow-paced book. There's a sort of elegant understated quality to the tone of the storytelling, whether it's Cassia, Xander, or Ky narrating that chapter. For me, it gave a sense of the naivete that these three have, even as they've gone through so much. They still know so little about the Society and the Rising and Pilot. By the end of the book, they grow out of this naivete, and in fact the focus turns back to the gift of choice winning out over security.
I love how the love plays out in this series. By this point, Cassia has no doubts about who she chooses, and the way she handles Ky and Xander is beautiful. It's also great that Xander gets his own resolution in the love department, not just that Cassia and Ky live happily ever after. Again, the end of the book goes back to the issue of choice, and it plays out nicely for the emotions of the characters.
I just felt like the book was longer than it had to be, with the pacing a bit slow. It was a great read for a slow day at work when I had a lot of downtime! But there's very little sense of urgency through most of the book, even when finding a cure now or a few minutes later means the life or death of a few hundred people. Still, I enjoyed the slow ride of the book.