Reached by Ally Condie

November 13, 2012 Reviews 2

  • Date published: 13th November 2012
  • Publisher: Razorbill (Penguin Books AU)
  • Format: Paperback, 520 pages
  • Series: Matched Trilogy, Book 3
  • ISBN 13: 9780141333083 ISBN 10: 0141333081
  • Categories: YA – Dystopian
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After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

Reached is one of the best books I have read in a long time – a beautiful combination of action, adventure and romance that took me by surprise since I didn’t like Matched and Crossed that much, in fact, I didn’t like them at all! I think Reached would have been great as a stand alone novel as it works well on its own and is a nice, self-contained story that brings everything together brilliantly.

The biggest factors in my dislike of the previous books of the series were the characters: they were so boring and predictable, and I couldn’t stand Cassia. In this book the characters finally have some agency, and because the three protagonists are separated from one another, they each have independent story lines that supplement one another and only come together near the end. I also liked that, unlike the previous books, Reached isn’t primarily about the love triangle between Cassia, Xander and Ky – it’s about the Rising and how everyone deals with all the changes. It’s a refreshing change that finally allows readers to understand the Society and the world that the author has created.

Which brings me to the world building. I was impressed by the expansion of the world into new regions, but I was really disappointed we never got to see the Otherlands. I really want to know what the rest of the world is doing. It’s an aspect that dystopian books always leave out – how did the rest of the world allow it to happen, and what are they doing, or not doing, to save the people? One of my favourite aspects was that Ky got to explore so much of the world as a pilot, and we got to see many more cities and provinces. And we even go back to where it all started, albeit briefly.

The other thing I really liked about Reached is the scientific aspect of it. It was really interesting to learn about the Plague, its propagation, and the vaccinations and cures needed for it. The author really did her research, and it showed. The means of dispensing this background is also brilliant: instead of giving us lectures on Epidemiology, Condie reveals aspects of the science through conversation between characters, and the reader is left to connect the dots and arrive at the appropriate conclusions themselves.

Reached was a great read, an excellent conclusion to the series, and I am glad I have stuck with it! I think those who love a good dystopian story will enjoy this book, and if reviews of Matched and Crossed have put you off, then at least read this one, because it’s really good!

2 Responses to “Reached by Ally Condie”

  1. Micheline (@MissMimz)

    Amazing review Shaheen! I’m even more excited for this to arrive in my mailbox (hopefully this week!) I know what you mean about Cassia, I had a really hard time relating to her or understanding her in the first half of Matched. I had to literally tell myself: Ok, she’s not being stupid on purpose, maybe I’d be like that too if we all lived in such a sheltered world of illusion. She started growing on me after that. And a lot of people felt like you did about both Matched & Crossed…they are on the slow side haha! So considering that I overall liked both of those, I’m even more excited to read Reached now after reading your fabulous review! I love the elements you highlighted and I can’t wait to ‘witness’ them first hand 😀

  2. veganyanerds

    I loved this a lot, too. I was surprised by how much 🙂 I was really impressed that the love-tri (which never felt like a real love-tri) wasn’t the focus and Ally really did her research. Great review!

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