Reached by Ally Condie

Posted November 13, 2012 by Sara | Novel Novice 1 Comment

Ally Condie’s best-selling Matched Trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion today with the release of Reached, a final chapter packed with twists and surprises that will leave readers longing to start the series all over again.

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.

Looking back on where the series started with Matched, I can’t say I ever would have imagined that this is where the story and the characters would have gone. Condie continues to surprise as she brings her world full circle. In Reached, the world that Cassia, Xander, and Ky have inhabited changes drastically — but the real transformation in this final book is within these characters themselves.

The arc of their transformation and coming of age really peaks in Reached, and it’s a beautiful, sometimes heart-breaking journey that Condie deftly approaches. I think that’s what makes this book so easy to read. Because at the heart of this dystopian universe are three characters experiencing very real emotions — emotions that don’t change over time and landscape.

At times, I felt as if the pacing was a bit stilted — a necessity of the story’s complicated plot — but the slowing allowed Condie to address the more universal aspects of her story. The emotion and romance that make Cassia, Xander and Ky so lovable to the series’ readers. Part of me still longed for a bit more action, but the slower, more methodical approach to her characters’ rebellion offered a certain poetic homage to classic dystopian literature. Because while Condie offers up hope (an earmark of contemporary YA dystopian), she leaves things uncertain. There’s a little element of Big Brother still lingering that makes the reader wonder, even as they turn the last page.

Reached is in stores now.

Sara | Novel Novice

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