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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (30 Nov 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141333081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141333083
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This smart and imaginative story is utterly thrilling (Closer)

Poetic, page-turning prose (Telegraph)

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Ally Condie used to teach high school English in Utah and in upstate New York. She lives with her husband and their four children in northern Utah. The bestselling first book in this series, Matched, was her first novel.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paper Doll on 17 Aug 2013
Format: Paperback
Everyone has dystopia fever. Thanks to the Hunger Games, a huge number of YA dystopians have made their way into our bookshops and the Matched series is just one of many. This series takes place in a world where everything and everyone is controlled. Cassia's rebellion began in Matched and in Crossed she finally found and joined the Rising, and in Reached we find not just Cassia and Ky secretly working for the Rising, but also Xander. Cassia is a Sorter and supposed to continue the pretense of her Match with Xander, who is now a Healer, while Ky is working as Pilot for the Rising, alongside Indie. All three main characters narrate this story, allowing us to see the rebellion from all angles.

If you've read the rest of the Matched series you'll know that Condie's novels aren't action-packed. They're always interesting and mostly gripping, but that's because of Condie's thoughtful writing style. There's something really satisfying about reading a story that feels thoughtful and planned out, where the characters take the time to think about what's happening and consider what it all means, rather than just going from action scene to action scene. Reached doesn't disappoint in this way.

The problem here, though, is that this style of writing doesn't have as much of an impact unless the characters have distinctive voices. If you've read my review of Matched you'll know that one of my issues with this series, as much as I love it, is that the characters feel a little underdeveloped. Take Ky for instance; he comes across as a gentle, compassionate guy who wants to change the world.
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By Dorota on 10 Sep 2014
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This book was such a disappointment. The series started so great with Matched, went downhill with Crossed, and reached a whole new low with Reached. (no pun intended)

How could something so great get so pointless and boring? I really loved the first book, I couldn't put it down. Crossed was a bit painful, but I got through it. Then Reached happened...

The book focused on the cure and the search for it, and different kind of plants and pills, instead of focusing on the main characters and their relationship. There was barely any interaction between Cassia and Ky. Their reunion was very anti-climatic and it just never got better.

The revelation of the 'big' secret - Cassia forgotten memory - barely made me shrug. Cassia was one of the people who messed with the sorting ceremony. She might be the reason why Ky showed up as her extra match. Big wow... I think it would be far more interesting if Xander was behind it. If he added Ky, because he wanted to see if Cassia would still pick him if she had a choice. But no, it was just an accident. Really, Ally? You couldn't come up with anything better?

Matched was a love story. Crossed was a (at times painful) journey. Reached was a waste of time. I actually found myself skipping entire pages after realising they are all going to be about the bloody cure. I didn't care about the cure and the chemical processes behind it! I wanted to read about the characters I fell in love with!

There was a happy ending, but at that point I didn't even care.

You failed me Ally Condie. I won't forget it.
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It seems to me that the Matched series by Ally Condie is somewhat of a ‘marmite’ series. I know lots of people who absolutely love it, but I have also met people who find it boring. As for me, I have always kind of hovered somewhere in between – not quite sure if this is a series I love, or just like. Still, I was very excited to read the Reached and see how the trilogy concluded.

I knew I was going to enjoy Reached as soon as I started it and I happily sat back and waited for the substantial amount of pages (Reached is a rather lengthy book) that lay invitingly ahead of me to unfold with surprises, mysteries and romance.

It had been a while since the last time I had visited the world of Matched i.e. since I had read Crossed and it was nice to return to Ally Condie’s fluid and poetic writing style, which is just so lovely to read. It is one thing that even those who criticise the Matched trilogy for insubstantial plot or whatever often praise – the way Condie writes so beautifully.

I like the way poetry is such a big part of the Matched trilogy, and I think it helps YA readers, who are mostly teens, appreciate and understand the unique beauty of poetry, and its value, a bit more. For example, at school we are currently having to study a lot of poetry in English for our GCSE exam and we generally find it tedious; however, the other day, we were studying ‘Do not go gentle into that good night,’ which, as you’ll know if you’ve read the books, is a poem that features prominently in this series and the several of my friends and I who had read Matched were all actually quite excited and engaged that lesson! (For once!)

No time is wasted in the opening of Reached and we are sucked straight into the exciting build-up of a revolution.
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