Title: Reached (Matched Trilogy #3) written by Ally Condie
Genre: YA Fiction, Dystopic Fiction
Published by Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
Page count: 344
Format: Ebook (read on Barnes and Nobles HD+)
Rating: 4/5 – Loved this book!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #24
After finally finding their way to each other and to the Rising, Cassia and Ky are separated again when Cassia is sent to work for the Rising undercover within the society and Ky begins training to fly air ships. As Xander, Cassia and Ky all work towards the Rising’s goal of usurping power form the Society, people all over the society start falling sick. Confident that their resources far outweigh that of the Society, the Rising storms in with a cure and all is set right. Until the sickness mutates and the Rising is not prepared. Xander, Cassia and Ky all start to question the Rising, as well as themselves but their bonds and their brains prove unbreakable!
Once again, I have loved a book in this series. After completing this book, the Matched Trilogy is one of my favorite series in YA and definitely one of my favorite Dystopic YA series.
What I really liked about this book is that it was never really predictable, there were alot of twists and turns in the story that I never expected to see in this series which was pleasant. For me, this book actually felt like it had a more sci-fi element thrown into the story. I never felt this way about any of the other books, the other books had a very distinct Romance element to them. Although this book did have some romance in it, it was not anywhere near equal to the amount of the other two books, especially the first. I think I was expecting this to be really romantic since it was the conclusion to the trilogy. Although I do love a romantic element in the books I read, I was pleasantly surprised that the romantic element wasn’t as strong as in the first one.
I also really love the character’s individual stories do get tied up really nicely. The only person I found myself wondering about at the end of the book was Patrick and Aida’s son because he is mentioned in the book and we’re presented with this really optimistic storyline for him that kind of gets dropped and then we don’t hear any conclusion to it. I also didn’t really see what was such a big deal about the Red Garden day, maybe I just read it wrong. What I got from it as far as significance goes is that it points out to Cassia that she can overcome the effects of the Red Pill and remember. Was this the meaning you got from this scene?
One of the things I really liked seeing in this series is witnessing the character journeys and how each character changed so much from the initial character we were presented to the conclusion of the series. I guess that is what is so magical about a book series! I really like how they all change each other over and over again and their bond/relationships change in so many different ways.
Anyway, needless to say I loved Reached. I think it was a fitting conclusion to the series and I do like Cassia’s choice in the end and that (mostly) everyone get’s a happy ending. I feel really bad for Cassia’s family though and throughout the story I had these moments that made me really sad but some that also made me happy. Reading this book sort of reminded me of the saying that “everything happens for a reason”, and I think I see this in what happens in Xander’s love life as well. All in all, I am so happy I read this series! Thanks Ally Condie for writing this! I recommend giving this series a read! My favorite book of them all is still the first, I think there is something so special about it, but this one is really great too!
(Also I couldn’t help but LOVE that there are Archivists in this book series!! Just thought I’d mention this since I am always on the lookout for scenes in libraries or archives since I am studying to be a Librarian and will study Archival Studies after. Fun!)