Reached by Ally Condie

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Title:  Reached
Author:  Ally Condie
Published:  November 13, 2012
Series:  Matched trilogy #3
Genre:  Dystopian
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

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.

Well, this book definitely brought the Matched trilogy to a close nicely. I liked how each book incorporated a new POV (its only Cassia in Matched, alternating between Cassia and Ky in Crossed, and finally alternating between Cassia, Ky and Xander in Reached).

Three things I really liked about this book:

  1. I love a good plague story. It might sound kind of morbid, but I love reading about struggles to find a cure for some supposedly incurable disease.
  2. It’s not predictable. You can’t really tell who’s in charge. The Rising has infiltrated Society and vice versa to the point where a rebellion to overthrow the government results in a new government that’s pretty much the same.
  3. Everyone ends up with the person they’re meant to. Although I liked Xander better than Ky, clearly Cassia chose Ky and isn’t really suited to Xander anymore since they’ve grown apart. I liked how Condie brought someone else into Xander’s life, showing how we can love again even though we may have loved before.

However, it definitely wasn’t perfect. It was kind of slow and sappy and full of teenage angst in some parts. Boohoo, Cassia never taught Xander to write. Hooray, Cassia and Ky love poetry so very much. The general sense of gloom and angst just got kind of old. Another annoyance I had was with Indie. She fell in “love” with Xander after watching a video he sent to Cassia. Now, after being companions with all of them, and then going through pilot training in the Rising for months, she’s suddenly fallen in love with Ky. Teenage love is annoying.

Overall, I give Reached four out of five stars because it wrapped up the Matched trilogy really well, but I thought it could have moved things along a bit quicker.

4 Stars

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