Author: Ally Condie
Series:  Matched #3
Published: November 13th 2012
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
Categories: Dystopia, Science Ficttion

“There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall.
Sing and silent.
Reaching and reached.”

What I really loved about this series is the subtlety. This genre is full of aggressive, war torn centric plots. It’s the revolution and the violence seems to be the key ingredient that readers are willingly like to taste. I mean, that’s what the genre is all about but I want something not completely like it. So I, for one, was thankful that Matched had stirred away from the trend. I do admit that ended up loving Matched was because of the romance. And I was waiting for Crossed because their feelings for each other had triggered the real issue of this book. Is it desirable to have such perfect society? I want to know the flaw of the community they have and that’s what the book should’ve addressed. But sad to say, the sequel had suffered in what we called middle book syndrome. It flunked a bit but because I have high regards I didn’t lost hope. I want to see what’s next. How it will conclude.

“I realize now how much courage it takes to choose the life you want, whatever it might be.”

My sister described the conclusion of this trilogy into one word—bittersweet. And I think she perfectly chose the right word, it was indeed bittersweet. I got the answers but in very different way than I expected. You know how politically and hostilely driven similar books like Matched were, however this one dealt in an emotional way. We got three perspectives here: Cassia, Ky and Xander. Each has issues and roles to play but all three of them handled it similarly. Not that their voices were alike, they presented the story as part of their lives. They’re not revolving around the plot; they are the ones making the story. And I loved how each one of them has important things to share. It was consistent; the pacing just like the previous books was on slow but fluid pace. Cassia, Ky and Xander weren’t as huge key players on the uprising, just like Katniss in The Hunger Games. They still served a vital purpose but the outcome what they fight for doesn’t solely rely on their shoulders. I think this make them more vulnerable without making them useless. That even simple people can make a difference. Just like them.

Another aspect that I loved about this book that the love triangle was wisely played out. Xander and Ky weren’t on a brawl and Cassie wasn’t treated like a meat as a prize in that brawl. I actually like their dynamics. Xander and Ky helped each other, set aside the issue and even the former realized through his own observation. That Ky and Cassia is sincerely in love with each other. And he is man enough to accept that. But he didn’t spend his time alone licking his wounded heart. I’m glad someone was there for him.

“Writing, painting, singing—it cannot stop everything. Cannot halt death in its tracks. But perhaps it can make the pause between death’s footsteps sound and look and feel beautiful, can make the space of waiting a place where you can linger without as much fear. For we are all walking each other to our deaths, and the journey there between footsteps makes up our lives.”

Even though I think there are still some questions left unanswered, I’m still totally satisfied with the conclusion. There are still open gaps that need to be filled. But in some strange way I think it was better to leave them open for possibilities. The ending was clean like I expected it to be. I know the story didn’t completely focus on the fight against the society but more on how the society affected their lives. Some are probably will feel unsatisfied. But I’m not, I liked their journey and how it reached their new beginning.