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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!
It starts off with all of the main characters split up, working on their own parts of the upcoming "rising." I never found Cassia to be particularly intriguing, but she was downright yawn inducing here. The entire concept of trading poems like they are some kind of rich commodity is downright ridiculous. The entire time we're in Cassia's head, she's waxing poetic about Ky and trading poems (!!!).
Ky and Xander both are mooning over Cassia, at least until Xander runs in to another female. The love triangle was not much of a triangle. There was never an option of Ky and Cassia not ending up together, it was just a matter of what would Condie do with poor Xander. Would she kill him off? Would she make him end up heartbroken and alone? Or would she do the ultimate love triangle cop-out and find him his own love interest?
I'll give you three guesses and I bet it will only take one!
As far as the "Rising" itself... talk about an uninteresting takeover. We spend pages and pages going OMG THE PILOT! He's COMING! THE RISING IS STARTING! Then boom, flip a page and the Rising has already taken over. There's no war. It's just done. And I sat here going 'what the heck?'
I'll be completely honest, after that point, I ended up skipping huge chunks of the book and I missed absolutely nothing important. If I can skip 50-80 pages in one huge chunk and I'm not completely lost when I start again, something is wrong with your novel!
This series was never that amazing to begin with, but this conclusion is far from epic. I didn't like it at all and I highly doubt I'll read anything further from this author
Oh my gosh there are so many triangles in this book! Too many. Everyone has someone else. Just when you think "nah man. She's totally available" BAM! NO SHE WAS IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE! It was weird.
I hate Ky. Yeah. I said it. I hate him. I just needed to get that off my chest. My hate started in the last book.... "my mother taught me this" "my uncle taught me that". You just know everything don't you? And now you know how to fly a plane! Because flying a plane is SO EASY! Ugh, no. It was super annoying. Super flat.
I didn't mind Cassia. Mostly because I loved her connection to the archivists (yes, yes I -know-). And her creations. I believe her actions were rebellion at their finest. Creation and writing and music are often at the heart of change (or rebellion as it were). They're a mark that things are not okay or that things can change. They held ideas. They held culture and meaning. From the Irish river dance to, well really any kind of writing (Declaration of independence, etc).
I rooted for Xander/Cassia the entire book. Well, until Lei showed up. Then I shipped them. I actually really liked Xander. He's smart. He's calculating. He's selfless (sort of). He cares. I'm still not sure how his love of games transfers to his profession but hey, I'm not sure if that matters. If I were Cassia, I would have chosen him! Only one thing...the day he knew she took the red pill because everyone took it (from last book, I think?) Is never explained. What. Happened. I would like to know.
Indie annoyed me as flat-ish characters tend to. Like, what is her obsession with the guys interested in Cassia. Is it that they're unavailable? No, but seriously. In terms of the story, what is the point of it? Did it drive the plot? Did it make her character more complex? Did it make Xander and/or Ky's storyline(s) more complex? No? Was it just to make another freaking triangle? Yes. (Though Tbh, I shipped Indie/Ky out of pure spite at one point. I hated them both. They should be in love. Very fitting.).
My unpopular opinion of this book...I liked that the three main characters were separated. It showed the different aspects of the rebellion/Rising. And, AND how the three of them weren't truly committed to it all the time (Xander's adherence toward Geelong PEOPLE not just the cause, Cassia's creations, and Ky's distrust of everything). All of this coupled with the fact that I hated Ky and Cassia when they were together. Stupid Ky. (You could say I liked chapter 52. Well, yeah actually. I liked -that-plotline. It made him a little more complex.)
The ending was too... clean. "Oh hey some people died. We're still looking for others. But everyone's together and just fine :D"
The world was intriguing but I would have liked to know a lot more about it. It felt a little like she was making it up as she was going along.
Overall, aspects of the story were boring. Still though, it was an interesting read.