Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie | Review

Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie | ReviewReached by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #3
Published by Penguin Teen on November 13, 2012
Genres: Dystopian
Pages: 512
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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5 Stars
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 #1 New York Times-bestselling 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.
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Reached, the final book in the Matched trilogy, will not disappoint readers. Full of action, romance, mystery, and betrayal, this book will have readers on the edge of their seats. Ally Condie concluded this trilogy perfectly!

For the first time in the history of the Matched trilogy, readers finally get Xander’s point-of-view. He is definitely the weakest link in the love triangle but that all changes with this book. Like I said in my review of Crossed, I have no problem with Xander other than the fact that I barely know the guy. He’s always been the boy next door to Cassia but he’s still a mystery to readers. In Reached he finally reveals his true passion, why he fell in love with Cassia, how he felt about her and Ky, and so much more. For the first time I actually contemplated him and Cassia together. He finally became a real option to me. Xander turned out to be a really great guy who got dealt some crappy hands in life.

As for Cassia and Ky, they were apart for quite a big chunk of the book and I think that really helped me get to know each of their characters. Cassia has changed a lot since the first book and even quite a bit since the second book. She feels that she has a purpose and she takes charge. She doesn’t discredit her ideas just because they aren’t exactly going to help with the Rising. Instead she decides to do what she can to help the people rather than the Rising. She truly found her calling in this book and she finally made me really like her. Ky, on the other hand, hasn’t changed a whole lot but that’s not a bad thing in his case. He’s still just as amazing as he was in the first book. I said that Xander finally became an option for me but he never truly changed my mind. Ky won my heart from the very first book and I’m happy to say that he ended the trilogy with it.

Every single question posed since the very first book is answered in Reached and quite a few of them were not at all what I expected. There were a couple times when my jaw almost hit the floor I was so shocked. Some little things I predicted but all the stuff that really mattered came as complete surprises to me. Readers you will love finally finding out the answers to all your questions and you won’t be able to predict a thing!

Overall, Reached is a wonderful ending to the Matched trilogy. I was greatly impressed with this final book and I can’t wait to read whatever Ally Condie writes next.

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11 Comments

  1. Caliowin

    Can’t wait to read this. Happy to learn more about Xander. Not available in the UK paperback until 30th Nov. I’ve got it preordered, so just need to wait a few more weeks.

  2. Debz

    Sounds like I’ll be headed to Barnes and Noble later today! I’m excited to see how Xander’s perspective changes things. I’ve always been on Xander’s side, but I’ve wanted to get to know him better, especially since we hardly see him at all in Crossed. Can’t wait to read it! Great review!

  3. Annabelle Marie Veronica

    I wasn’t a big fan of Matched. I’m going to be reading Crossed and Reached but I’m going to wait for the PB of Crossed. After that we’ll see about Reached. I don’t like Ky, so I’m not sure how that’ll end up. Well, lovely review!

  4. Christina Kit.

    I LOVED Cassia as a main character, I loved seeing her perspective and how she grows as a person, but you’re right I too began to root for Xander in this one!

    I think this series was marvelous, and it had a love triangle that worked well because it offered her two different paths in life. That’s the kind of love triangle I love, where both are viable options (ie one isn’t a jerk) and she has to choose what kind of life she wants and which boy fits it.

    Lovely review :)

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