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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.
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.
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!
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