Series: Matched

Reached by Ally Condie: Review

Posted November 13, 2012 by Emily in book review / 6 Comments

Reached by Ally Condie: ReviewReached by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #3
Published by Penguin Group USA on 2012
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic, Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 512
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Penguin Group USA

I received this book for free from Penguin Group USA in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

psst! Reached is the third in the series, so this review will contain unavoidable spoilers for the first two in the series, Matched and Crossed. But don’t worry! No Reached spoilers here!

I have loved this series so much. It’s been hard to believe that I’m letting it go. Crossed was one of my favorite books last year, and I was nervous going into this final installment. Finales can be so tricky.

Like the rest of the books in this series, Reached brings something different to the dystopian table. It’s not as violent or bloody as say, The Hunger Games, or even Divergent. What has happened in the Matched society isn’t on it’s face horrible and oppressive. Many of the citizens of the society live very happy lives. But there is no creative and no expression. There is no progression. And humanity really can’t stand for that for long, can they? Thus, some may be disappointed that this installment is not driven by the events happening within the Rising, but is really focused on the characters.

For those who love Xander, there is much more of him in this novel to love. There is a resolution to the love triangle, and I think that it works very well within the story arc. As for who ultimately ends up with Cassia? All I’ll say is half of the people that love the series will be disappointed, and the other half will be elated.

I’m not sure that I’ve mentioned this before, but one of the things that I love about this series is that it makes poetry accessible to a cold-hearted soul like myself. Honestly, I am such a poetry dunce. I believe to really understand and love poetry, you have to be taught by someone who really loves and understands poetry. And, it’s obvious that Condie loves poetry. So, maybe there is hope for me yet.

Reached is a beautiful conclusion to the series, and I can’t wait to see what else Condie has in store for her future work.

Reached is on shelves today, so go pick it up!

If you are in SLC, don’t forget to attend the launch party tonight! It will be at Rowland Hall in Salt Lake City, and The King’s English will have books available! If you aren’t in SLC, you can purchase a book from them and have it signed by Ally!

Want even more Reached goodies? Check out the trailer, a 3-chapter excerpt, and see if Ally is coming to your city on tour!