Sunday, June 2, 2013

Review: Reached (Matched, #3) by Ally Condie

Date Published: November 13, 2012
by Dutton
Pages: 512 (hardcover)
Stars: 5/5

 After leaving Society to desperately seek 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 is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.













          I feel empty and quite sad to see one of my favorite series come to an end. When things are good, most of us wish that the end will never come. The end, my friends, has finally caught up to Ally Condie’s masterpiece that so many people have enjoyed, myself included. Am I sad? Yes. Am I happy to see how things ended for the characters I care so much about? Yes. They will live on in the memories and the pages they are printed on, but it will not be the same as reading about their present or future.

            Many authors should take note. This is how you end a series. This is how you finalize things. There are many series-enders that have been quite awful indeed, but Reached is not one of those.  
For the last time, we welcome Cassia, Xander, and Ky to the stage, who all have a POV in this novel. It was both refreshing and breathtaking to see things from each of their unique perspectives. The Matched series has always been a very emotional and riveting one, Reached is no exception. Melancholy seemed to be the one emotion (if you can call it an emotion) to really stand out. The whole time I was reading it I was thinking: this is the last time I’m going to see these places and feels these things along with the characters that made up the Matched series. A sense of panic—of course—then followed.
Reached delves right into the rebellion, facing it from a dangerous and political side rather than from right inside the fighting like most dystopian books do. It was encouraging to see that not all dystopian books can feel the same way.
The Plague has begun and death surrounds the characters as things begin to go downhill. Hopelessness and sadness weave its way into the plot as the story takes a darker turn. Reached has a way of making your gut twist with anxiety and anticipation.
I once tried to read Reached right after I bought it back in 2012. It was unsuccessful and I put it back down, vowing to give it another try someday. It’s been six month now, finally picking it back up and I sorely regret I ever put it down in the first place. My love of dystopian is slowly beginning to come back thanks to Condie’s lyrical, magical, and wondrous writing that has so inspired me to write myself. It has built me up and kicked me down at every turn, and yet I stilled loved it.

I will never forget the Matched series—the way it made me feel so deeply for the characters and the amazing society of the Society—and I hope to see it become a movie someday soon. 


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