Reached by Ally Condie
Release Date: November 13th, 2012
Number of Pages: 512
Publisher: Dutton Children’s Book
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.
The bittersweet feeling of finishing a series you loved. One thing readers who love Xander will be happy about is that we get a lot more of him in this book than we did in Crossed. That made me happy, since I really really like him. In Reached, we get the conclusion to the series that we needed, even though it won’t make everyone happy, mostly because there’s a love triangle and not everyone wants the same characters to end up together.
Without giving too much away about what will happen in the final book of the series, I have to say that I was happy with where the characters ended going, and that each ending felt satisfying on some level. I won’t tell you if Cassia ended up with which character between Ky and Xander, though I do think it was kind of clear from the beginning. Despite one character being ‘rejected’ by Cassia, I do think he got a fair ending, not like some other book you might have read in past (*cough* Bloodrose *cough*). There is a growth in the characters that is believable and understandable, which is something I really wanted from this last book. This was Ally Condie’s last chance to make us understand the choices of her characters, and I have to say she did a really great job.
I think Reached will satisfy the fan of the series, and most reader will probably read it. Of course, some will get mad, some will be disappointed in the outcome of the love triangle, I think that’s a given. Still, Ally Condie’s writing was simply captivating, and I couldn’t stop reading until I had read the last page. I cannot wait to read more from Ally Condie, to discover the new worlds she will create for us, because the world she created in the Matched Trilogy was simply amazing.
About the Author:
Ally Condie is a former high school English teacher who lives with her husband, three sons and one daughter outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. She loves reading, running, eating, and listening to her husband play guitar.