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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Reached by Ally Condie

Matched #3
Ally Condie
Publication Date: November 13, 2012
Publisher: Penguin

Conclusion to the New York Times Bestselling Matched Trilogy!

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect fa├žade 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.

The Matched trilogy isn't my favorite series – I've heard the good and the bad, but I decided to finish up the trilogy and come up with my own conclusions after seeing – more like reading – for myself. In Reached we not only get to read from Ky's and Cassia's POVs, but Xander's as well.

The final book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy is perhaps my favorite out of the entire series – Ky, Cassia and Xander are trying to find a cure for the Plague (was that mentioned in Crossed?); Cassia finally makes a decision between the two, and even better, gaps are filled with any possible questions readers may have from prior books. Thus, reaching a satisfying conclusion to the series.

Reached started out a little slow – reading Xander's view got me through most of the rough patches in Part 1 since his side of the story tends to be more action packed as the Rising begins to go into power. Ky and Cassia are more focused trying to get to each other. No one tell my mom that Xander's view was the most interesting and that he's a medic – I'll get smacked upside the head (as in, "See? You find medics interesting. This is why you should go into the medical field." Not that I actually get a say in that). :p

I'm not too sure about Part 2. It's more of a bridge so as to avoid confusion in Part 3, which focuses on Cassia trying to get her memories back. Not only that, but we get some flashbacks to scenes from Matched and Crossed, only from a different view. The flashbacks aren't random though – they actually answer quite a few questions (thankfully).

The last 2 parts seems to tie the entire story and series with a nice giant bow on top. If anyone's wondering, I'm not too sure what to think of the entire series. The Matched trilogy isn't the worse, but it definitely isn't the best – perhaps it falls more closer to the worse section since I have trouble remembering a lot of what happens in the prior books. In other words, if you're interested in the series, I recommend you to read the first and second books before this one. Otherwise, you'll be completely lost (half the time I AM lost. In space).

But with the endings for Ky, Xander and Cassia, and all of my questions answered, I'm pretty satisfied. Although... I'm so confused between Leyna and Lainey. Or is it Laney? They sound so similar – even the spelling's almost the same. :/
In a story, you can turn to the front and begin again and everyone lives once more.

4.5 Owls

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