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


Title: Reached (Matched #3)
Author: Condie, Ally
Published: November 13th by Dutton Childrens Books
Edition Language: English
Source: purchased e-book

From Goodreads:
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.


Mrs. Beamer's Review:
Matched (book #1) - one of my favorite books, ever
Crossed (book #2) - one of my least favorite books, ever
Reached (book #3) - meh...

I really, REALLY wanted to like this book...I even pre-ordered it on my kindle.  The sour taste from Crossed had vanished, and I was remembering why I fell in love with Matched.  I was most excited to revisit the love triangle of Cassia/Ky/Xander...well, hoping there was a love triangle :) 

Reached is told from three POVs...which I thought was clever (building off of one POV in Matched, then two POVs in Crossed)  and I found it easier to follow the narrators in this book (compared to Crossed).  *and I loved chapter 44...brilliant*  The beginning of the book was a bit slow for me...picking up about 1/3 of the way in.  I don't know.  The simplest way for me to put this...I became less and less interested in the story the more it progressed.  The Society, the Pilot, red/green/blue pills, the Plague, the Outer Provinces, the poems...I just wasn't into it.

However, I highlighted more text in this book...more moving text...than any other books on my kindle.  THAT speaks to the writing of Condie.  She has a way with words that is beautiful to me.  There are many thought-provoking passages sprinkled throughout the book (some of my favorites listed at the end of this review).  

I won't include spoilers in my reviews, so I find it hard to articulate why I was underwhelmed by Reached.  It lacked some focus and strayed too far from Matched for my taste.  While I am disappointed with this series, I will continue to read Condie's work.  I really do enjoy her writing style.

My Favorite Quote (from this book):  "I choose her again, and again, and again."


Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Language: 0
Violence: 0
Sexual Content: 0
Drugs/Alcohol: 0
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: middle school
Potential Controversial Topics: none

My Favorite Passages:
  • It makes me wonder what's out there that I know nothing about...how else the Society might have altered maps over the years.
  • The Rising is smart.  They've matched me with the one person in camp I care about.  Which goes to show that caring about anyone leaves you vulnerable.
  • Someone's taken my poems, and Ky didn't come, and it's cold.
  • I am not the only one writing.  I am not the only one creating.  
  • I hope for this more than anything else, maybe even more than my own happiness.  And in a way, perhaps that means I love (him) best of all.
  • You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.
  • People like me see it as evidence that it's a place so wonderful no one would ever want to come back.

2 comments:

  1. Great Review. i Have Reached on my Kindle " to read" soon as soon as i catch up ! but i know what you mean, i was crazy hooked on matched.. and became a little distant in crossed.. so we will see.. but i can see how it would take the route your talking about it.. thanks for the great review! - Katie @ Inkk

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  2. Ahh...Thanks, Katie! I appreciate your kind words. I'm new to writing reviews, so I always get nervous :) I'll be awaiting YOUR review!! ~Amie

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