REACHED

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Condie’s Matched trilogy finale follows the perspectives of Cassia, Xander and Ky. Unfortunately, the triple POV slows the pace, with characters too often wondering what the others are doing or feeling. Unbelievable coincidences and plot points that build to nothing (wherefore art thou, Matthew Markham?) may frustrate the reader. Still, the love triangle resolves, and the characters satisfyingly come into their own.

Cassia, Xander and Ky are separated and waiting for the Rising to overtake Society. When a Society-made plague begins stilling the populace, the Rising is ready with a cure — until the cure stops working. As a medical worker, Xander is searching for a new cure; Cassia is helping people to make art again as she tries to retrieve her memories and Ky is flying planes, bringing supplies to the afflicted. When Ky becomes ill, Cassia starts to wonder if the Rising is really so different from Society after all. (DUTTON, Nov., 512 pp., $17.99 ISBN 978052423669 12 & Up)

Reviewed by: 
Melissa Hanley