Thursday, May 8, 2014

Matched, Crossed, Reached

Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows he is her ideal mate . . . until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow. 

Chasing down an uncertain future, Cassia makes her way to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky--taken by Society to his certain death--only to find that he has escaped into the majestic, but treacherous, canyons.  On this wild frontier are glimmers of a different life . . . and the enthralling promise of rebellion. But even as Cassia sacrifices everything to reunite with Ky, ingenious surprises from Xander may change the game.  On the edge of Society, nothing is as expected, and crosses and double crosses make Cassia's path more twisted than ever. 

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose. 

I picked up this series after having read the Possession trilogy and The Hunger Games trilogy, thinking it would be another strong dystopian read. It fell short of the mark for me. I never totally got emotionally invested in the characters. I sympathized with them, but didn't go on their emotional journeys like I was one of them. 

The writing is solid. The story well told and well thought out. From a craft point of view I have no complaints. 

I enjoyed the story and I finished it to the end because I wanted to know what happened and how it played out, not because I was tied into the characters. 

This trilogy lacks the action and motivational drive I was looking for. It's all about inner monologue, which is necessary, but gets tired after a while. 

A friend did let me know that this series is one of the earliest dystopian ones written and that may have something to do with my slightly flat reaction to it as opposed to some of its later colleagues. 

Worth a read? If you are a hard core dystopian fan, yes. But, by now you've probably already read it. 

Otherwise, you may want to pass. 

What do you think of this trilogy? 

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