Reached: 3/3 (Matched) Paperback – 30 Nov 2012
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This smart and imaginative story is utterly thrilling (Closer)
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About the Author
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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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.
Reached is the story of Cassia's rebellion; we've seen all the foundations laid out before us in the previous novels and now we're finally getting to see what the Rising really is and how the people in and out of it are getting on; the best part? Most of it is in secret, so we do get some bum-on-the-edge-of-your-seat kind of tension.
For the most part we see the characters playing out their fake roles within the society, like Xander and his healing, whilst Cassia, Ky and Indie work on the inside trying to push the rebellion along. There's a massive air of mystery hanging around the characters because Condie doesn't ever really let us see their true intentions; at one point I was sure there was some double agent business going on. The nice part of this though is that we get to see the rebellion through the eyes of everyone whereas in the previous books I couldn't really imagine what the rebellion really was and who was actually supporting it.
This was an enjoyable read in so far as you get most of the answers to all of the questions you were left with at the end of Crossed. But it doesn't half take a long time to get them. The biggest let down for this book for me was just the pace at which new things happened; it felt like there were big sections of the book which didn't really do anything and I was left trying to convince myself that it would get better soon. And of course it did, but it's a push to want to pick up the book if you've left it overnight.Read more ›
The third books best feature is that it now includes all three main characters viewpoints, which I think is a nice idea, and one the other books don't use, and it is nice to see all of the characters feelings, even if we are TOLD what they feel far more than we are actually shown.
However, the author continues to impose all these harsh dystopian rules and curtails of freedom on these poor characters, without proper explanation of WHY the authorities do the things they do. And I don't mean this in a 'making a political statement' kind of way. It's in a 'poorly written' kind of way.
One of the many examples, is when on of the main characters is upset because they are not allowed to keep a photo of a loved one in their wallet. The author tries really hard to ramp up the oppression with statements like this. However, it leaves the reader wondering 'Why on earth aren't they allowed to keep a photo of family in their wallet?' The answer? It makes for better oppression by the author. But readers today need more substance to their stories, the dystopian world has to be believable, with reasons WHY the authorities run the society the way they do. Other YA dystopian do this brilliantly and it makes for a believable world. I feel with this one, there is oppression without it being in the least bit believable.
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Love these books. Yet to finish this one but it's just as good as the two before. I will be passing these on!Published 19 hours ago by E. Weston
I've always been a mild fan of the Matched series. I absolutely loved Matched (I believe it was my first dystopian novel, so I was blown away by the concept), but I didn't really... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Charly Dunning
My daughter enjoyed this final book in the series, however rated books 1 & 2 as betterPublished 7 months ago by Saffron
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Book is a very good read and would recommend to any twilight or hunger games book fan
Utterly disappointing trilogy. Wanted to like it but I couldn't get into it.Published 8 months ago by Vanya
Fantastic ending to the trilogy, if a tiny bit predictable. i did feel the characters were easier to connect with in this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer