by Ally Condie
Published November 13th 2012
by Dutton Childrens Books
One way to describe the Matched series is that it is a very mild version of The Hunger Games. There's no blood or gore, just a lot of pondering, wondering and longing on the part of the three main characters. As in the previous books, Cassia is missing Ky, Ky is also missing Cassia and Xander is still clinging to the hope that Cassia will choose him in the end which we know will never happen.
Now, the three of them are working for the Rising in their own way, not knowing what the others are actually doing. So we have Cassia back at her Sorting duties in the society, Xander as a physician and Ky as a co-pilot for one of the Rising's plane. Cassia, Xander and Ky found themselves in the midst of all the action when the Rising's plans are put into motion to take over the Society by introducing a cure for the Plague that is spreading among the citizens.
I enjoyed this book more than the second one which is so slow in its pacing. But the introduction of several secondary characters although quite welcome since it gives the boys some romantic options besides just focussing on Cassia is just too late in the game. If only Official Lei or even Indie are given proper introduction in the first or second book, I might be inclined to really root for them. For example, Indie is introduced in the second book and I was really hoping that she might be a serious contender for Ky's affections but well nothing much happened. I get that Cassia is the main character of the series but she's so dull at times.
I highly recommend this series for anyone looking for a good dystopian series but the bumpy and boring second book might be just too much for some.
Verdict: 4 stars.
Available on: Amazon