Note: This book contains mild spoilers for Book One, Matched, and Book Two, Crossed, but there are no spoilers for this book, the end of the trilogy.
Narration in this book switches back and forth among Cassia, Xander, and Ky. During most of the book, the three of them use their Society-honed skills to work for the Rising, which is trying to cope with the Plague. Initially controllable, the Plague has now mutated, becoming super-virulent and pandemic.
When the three main protagonists are not obsessing over the Plague or each other, they are obsessing over who is the real “Pilot” – a messianic-like leader who will make everything All Better.
Evaluation: This book bored me hugely. The plot is predictable; Xander speaks like a robot; Cassia and Ky have as much chemistry as inert gas; and the recurring riff on “who is the Pilot” made me feel like I was trapped in a “Where’s Waldo?” book. He’s the pilot! No! She’s the pilot! Wait! You’re the pilot! No, we’re ALL the pilot! Sheesh. A “Plague” on all your houses! Get me outta here!
Published by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), Inc., 2012.