Reached by Ally Condie

Posted May 6, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Reached by Ally CondieReached by Ally Condie
Series: Matched #3
Also in this series: Matched, Crossed
Published by Dutton Books on November 13th 2012
Genres: Dystopia, Romance, Science fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 512
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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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.

Main points

I liked it. It was okay, not as good as the others but a good conclusion I guess. A lot was going on. So many things changed. Things that seemed like they would be important before turned out to not be so much. View Spoiler » I will give it this credit though: it stopped being a love story pretty quickly and turned into a let’s-end-this-revolution-thing-fast-so-we-can-live-happily-ever-after thing. And I mean I’m sure most dystopians end up like that. You really can’t have a dystopian without some grand ending where they destroy it. Anyway, the actual revolution started very quickly and suddenly and the rest of the book was mainly picking up the pieces—and dealing with the Plague. Most of the book was about the Plague—the mutations and curing of such.

It was cool how each book added a new perspective—first Ky and now Xander. But it really only made Xander’s situation sadder. In the second book you’re like, oh he’s definitely out of the picture by now (at least the love interest picture). But then in the third when you find out he still loves her and hasn’t given up on her…it’s sad. But it ends well enough. And Xander himself becomes really important in the end. In fact, Ky is probably the least important. I don’t want to say that but I can’t refute that in any way. Xander and Cassia were the heroes in the end. But regardless of who the hero is, I’m sure there is a happy ending. Even if it is left at a tiny cliffhanger, I get the feeling that the point is that there are more choices, not necessarily what they end up choosing.

And there is a bit more misfortune in this book than in the previous ones. It kinda built up throughout the series. But I feel like it was distributed fairly. If that’s even a factor.

The first book was the best, the second one was the second best, and the third got last place, but the series went from fantastic to great to okay, not good to okay to bad. It was a good series and worth my time. It had great themes about beauty, creating, love, and choices. Like I said before, it’s a more grown-up version of the Giver.

 reaction upon finishing

Whew. Finally, a conclusion. An iffy one, but there it is. The END.

this book in one word


series rating

For the first time ever I’m going to do a series rating, and it is thus: four-stars


About Ally Condie

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.

Overall: three-stars


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I have this book. I just haven’t been able to bring myself to read it. I was so bored by book two. One day. Great review though!