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Gr 7 Up-The final volume (Dutton, 2012) of Condie's "Matched" trilogy centers on the Rising, an attempt to overthrow the Society's data-driven repression. With a cure on hand, those who work for the Rising introduce a new plague. In alternating chapters, Cassia, Ky, and Xandor, the three young protagonists connected by computer matches and personal feelings, relate divergent attempts to deal with a mutation morphing into a lethal epidemic. The Pilot, their elusive leader, arrives desperate for a cure just as a very sick Ky is recovering thanks to Xandor's latest medicine compound and Cassia's devoted care. The concluding volume also includes romantic threads, references to past turmoil, and dark revelations about who's behind the Rising. Narrators Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono, and Matt Burns each establish their characters' youthful energy, inner conflicts, sense of loss, and courageous choices. With a complicated plot and a multilayered back story, listeners should be familiar with the previous two volumes in this dystopian series in order to fully comprehend its conclusion.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The uprising begins so quickly in the finale of Condie’s Matched trilogy that Cassia, Ky, and Xander barely have enough time to register what is happening. Ky is still in the outer provinces, flying planes and waiting for orders. Cassia is now in the heart of the society, working as a sorter in Central and looking for clues that covertly signal the start of the rebellion. Xander works as a medical official and notes the beginnings of an outbreak: the plague that’s been engineered by the leader of the Rising, the Pilot, which only the Pilot himself can cure. In this powerful series send-off, Condie ignites a race against the clock to find a cure and, along the way, tests the beliefs of her weary protagonists and studies the moral implications of biological warfare. Even through trials, the love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander remains fiercely romantic, poignant, and heartrending. There is an expected happy ending tucked neatly into the aftermath, sure to gladden fans eagerly anticipating this thought-provoking climax. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The allure Cassia seems to have on Xander and Ky is still a mystery to me after two books in the trilogy, and if anything, Cassia gets even more boring and less interesting in this final volume of the trilogy, where she focuses on art lala-land, while the world around her is in shambles. Xander is clearly the most compelling of the featured protagonists in this final book, but his development into basically the head medical officer - at 18 years of age - is ludicrous at best. The uprising and take-over -- drummed up over 2 whole books -- happens so secretly that the reader doesn't even notice, and the "Pilot" reveal is hardly to be taken seriously and seems like a true afterthought, so does the family reunion.
All in all disappointing, though for different reasons than volume 2. I should have stopped reading after the first book in this trilogy, Matched, which - despite a slow ending - was head and shoulders above the sequels.
Everything has been leading up to this moment, the moment when the Society will be overthrown. Our three characters are separated when the Rising finally takes place. What’s really cool about this is that we get to see three totally different views on the uprising. Three different regions, three different people doing three different jobs. I loved it! My only complaint that I have with this is…what was Cassia doing the entire time? The two boys both had jobs assigned to them by the Rising, but Cassia spends a lot of time doing something I am pretty certain was not officially sanctioned. That just seemed odd to me.
Right away I knew there was something off about the plague…but it turned out that the book didn’t go as sinister as I was thinking in my head which was totally cool. I honestly thought for a very long time that the Rising was actually the Society and that the Society was trying to kill most of its people in a purge…yeah…not entirely what happened.
I really enjoyed Xander’s story and felt like he was really the shining star. I feel like between the three of them, Xander has the most growth in his person and in his storyline.
He sees first hand every single day the effects the plague has on people. Cassia introduces people to creative thinking, or at least gives them a venue where they can display it, and Ky flies the medicine in and out of place, but Xander is really the one on the front lines. That, to me, has got to be the hardest job, especially when the plague mutates.
I won’t spoil how the “love triangle” is dealt with, but I truly feel like the three of them don’t even have a real triangle. It’s always obvious and true that Cassia loves Ky, she loves Xander too, but not in the same way. I think all of the characters know it including Xander, even if he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. In some other books I have read one of the guys literally dies in order to force the girls hand or the guy does some terrible out of character act that makes the girl finally see what choice she needs to make. I was so happy this book did not do that and instead focused on more realistic, natural ways to bring that to a close.
Overall I really enjoyed this book!
Be sure to have plenty of Kleenex! Several places after half way through really spoke to my heart, I don't want to ruin it.
One of things I enjoyed most was the timing of this book and it's ending. So many others I have read lately have rushed the end, but not this book, you know the end of every story line within this story and it all feels just right. Ky, Xander, and Cassia all grow up together, yet apart, during the last two books. The love between them all is tender and sad at times, but so real! I keep forgetting this is just a story, they feel so real and what they endure seems true.
But I feel like I lost my best friends now that the story is over, I know we can't have more stories, but I do already miss these characters! Lol
This was by far the best dystopian series I have ever read! I now have to read more by this author! Ally, keep 'em coming!