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Ally Condie. Dutton, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-525-42366-9

As the finale to Condie's Matched trilogy opens, Cassia, Ky, and Xander are separated, working as subversive agents of the Rising rebellion and awaiting their chance to take down the dictatorial Society. Condie doesn't waste time getting to the action: the long-awaited Rising begins in the early chapters, and its ramifications and complications unfold at a steady pace. As a deliberately introduced plague exceeds the Society's resources, the Rising steps in with a cure and tries to prove itself the better choice for the people. Events start to spin out of control as the plague mutates, and it will take extraordinary measures by the reunited trio to bring the story to its unexpected conclusion. Condie continues to draw readers in to her vivid broken world, adding rich color to the story through the interplay between characters and small but important moments. Unpredictable twists and revelations%E2%80%94yes, that includes a happy resolution to the trilogy's romantic triangle%E2%80%94will leave readers satisfied with the fates of their favorites. Ages 12%E2%80%93up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Nov.)