Author: Ally Condie | Website
Publication Date: November 13th, 2012
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Books
My Interest: Series love
Age Group | Genre: YA | Science fiction, Dystopian, Romance
Series: Yes Matched Trilogy
Oh. My. Gosh. I feel like I have been waiting for Reached and the ending to Cassia’s journey F-O-R-E-V-E-R, but in reality it hasn’t been that long. I mean… come one. With all the YA lit that is published today, it was way easy to get wrapped up in other story lines to pass the time.
However, Reached and it’s publication date were never that far from my mind, I was extremely excited to pick it up from my library the week it came out. I cannot tell you how excited I was to read this book and finish such a good series. We MUST discuss this book.
Cassia Reyes thought perhaps she had finally found a love she could not live without and a chance at her freedom. However, it seems as if her journey won’t be that easy. Cassia has been desperately searching for Ky while the both of them have been simultaneously searching for the Rising–a way out of the Society’s chains. Once again, they have lost each other as Cassia has been placed back into the Society to work undercover for the Rising while Ky is stationed outside of its borders. As they join forces with other rebels in working towards a common goal, something within the Rising shifts–and in a gripping conclusion to this trilogy– life is thrown into chaos once more.
When I first read Matched (my review) I was sort of at a loss for words. For one thing, I was on a huge dystopian lit kick and it was just another crazy post-apocalypic novel I had picked up. But it was so entirely different than any other story I had read. There was no fighting to the death. There was no crazy sickness overtaking teenagers. And most importantly, there was this crazy romantic-matching notion that seemed to drive the plot. Plus, it reminded me to much of The Giver (my review) that I was giddy.
Plot wise, Reached was a doozy. Condie delves much deeper into the sciencey aspect and all of the biological craziness that makes up the plotline. At times, I was a little confused about where she was going with her ideas, but that could also be because I am not a science girl. I think perhaps the concept behind the story was lost on me at times, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t find it interesting–because I did. It just means I had to reread a few paragraphs every once in awhile. Which for me wasn’t a bad thing because my brain was engaged. I love it when a book makes me think, and when I picked up this book, I didn’t put it down until I finished it. Reached is a very intricate story, and the imagination behind the entire plotline premise is fabulous.
I also very much enjoyed how every single one of my questions was answered in this final novel. So much happens in Matched and Crossed-the plot just gets thicker and thicker–and I often wondered if it was going to be possible for Condie to wrap everything up. But she does. Oh she does. Trust me… every little detail is answered and there were many knew it! moments.
Character wise, we get to see Xander’s POV for the first time. As the trilogy has progressed, so has the amount of narrators, and I think it was a genius was to show character development. Condie continues to move the story along with each narrator shift so, it isn’t like we are rereading the story three times. I also found it was almost as if the points in the story when a character–Cassia, Xander, or Ky–wasn’t the narrator became the points where they grew the most for me. I was happy with Cassia’s overall character growth, and she was a pretty ok heroine in my book. There were a few times when I just wanted to shake her because life seemed obvious, but she was brave and strong and willing to take matter into her own hands. Condie also wraps up the whole love triangle really well–and it a way that left me happy. Which usually isn’t the case with me and love triangle. I always tend to be rooting for the one guy who doesn’t make it.
As much as I loved this trilogy, Reached was only a four for me. Mostly because I felt like I was on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading and the AHA moment of the story never came. After the first two novels, I felt as if the storyline was leading up to something huge…and I think ultimately it did, but I never felt the THAT’S IT moment I was waiting for when I got to the point. Perhaps I had too high of expectations, or perhaps I just expected something different. Despite the dud of a revealing scene or resolution, Reached is a great read. It’s one that makes the reader think, and it’s just different than the other post-apocalypic novels out there.
If you like this novel, you might like….
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
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