Publisher: Dutton Juvenile (Penguin)
Publication date: November 2012
For: Fun (and book group)
Series: Matched, Book 3
*Spoilers are inevitable for the first two books, Matched and Crossed*
Cassia is once again apart from Ky and Xander as they each pursue the purposes of the Resistance. Each is waiting on the rebellion that is planned and hoping for a future where they can live the way they want. But, when things don't go quite as planned, the three of them must each decide what is most important to them.
Things I Liked:
I'm always so impressed with the writing in these books - Condie has a way of writing poetically and simplistically without being over the top. I was especially caught up in the details that emerged with the plague and what happened after the cure was administered. I was happy to have many of my questions answered. The second half of the book was the most interesting to me and I really liked watching how they dealt with changes that were unexpected and with their changing relationships. I think what I liked most were the small things - glimpses of what Cassia is learning about freedom and choice: the art that they create, the ability to see beyond what Society has told them. An interesting and thoughtful series, if not the most action-packed dystopian story.
Things I Didn't Like:
I did get bored for some of it (this was a major complaint of some of my book group buddies). The action is slim and unfolds rather slowly. I can see how some people might be bothered by the medical aspects where they talk about the plague, but I am fascinated by that stuff so I enjoyed it. It's definitely what I consider a quieter and more thoughtful dystopian series, without the loud bangs and violence and non-stop action of many other series. Still, I liked it and would recommend it for those interested in a more introspective story.
Be sure to read Matched and Crossed by Ally Condie first
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a handful of minor ones
Overall rating: ****
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