10.15.2014 | Wednesday


category: Book Reviews

Reachedtitle: Reached
author: Ally Condie
series: Matched #3
published: 13 November 2012
publisher: Speak
genre(s): dystopian, romance, sci fi
pages: 512
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

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.

my review

Reached is the last book in the Matched trilogy and I am sad to see the series end.  I loved the world that Ally Condie created and the story line was interesting and engrossing.

Xander was back and I am all kinds of happy about that!  I loved him and missed him in the second book.  The dynamic of the overall story seemed incomplete without him and I was happy to see that restored, even if, for much of the book, the three weren’t together in interacting.  I loved his story in this book as we learn more about what he has been doing during The Rising.  To me, he is the hero of the story, the one truly working for the people.

As much as I love Cassia, it almost seemed as if she floundered a bit.  She was so adamant about The Rising, about following the path she felt her grandfather wanted her to follow.  Yet it seemed as if she forgot about that for awhile and basically worked for herself.  I think maybe her character got a little lost and overwhelmed in her isolation.  It was kind of a nice character arc to see her get beyond that.

Ky, Ky, Ky.  I don’t know quite what to think about him.  There were some interesting twists with his story, but it honestly felt like he was competely lost.  And, unlike Cassia, he never seemed to find his way back.

There were a whole lot of love triangles in this last book and no one ended up with who I thought they would.  I am not upset about this, though, because I liked the anticipation.

The only thing I wished it had was a bit of a clue as to how the world would be resolved in the future, along with an answer to a big question… no spoilers!

I definitely enjoyed this book more than the second, but the first is still my favorite.  Overall, this is an excellent series that really makes you think.

About Ally Condie

Ally Condie is the author of the MATCHED Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller. MATCHED was chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and named as one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. The sequels, CROSSED and REACHED, were also critically acclaimed and received starred reviews, and all three books are available in 30+ languages. Disney has optioned the film rights for the series.
A former English teacher, she lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, writing, running, and listening to her husband play guitar.

Rating Report
Overall: five-stars

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