My Full Review Even though I wasn t the biggest fan of Matched, I read Crossed, which suffered from Middle Book Syndrome, in my opinion However, I still held some hope for the final book in this trilogy, and I dislike leaving things unfinished especially series so I picked up the last book While Reached was definitely better than its predecessor, it wasn t as good as I was hoping it would be.Reached showcases Ms Condie s growth as a writer I enjoyed the complexity of this book, especially towards the end I ve felt as if the first two books are so cookie cutter basic, everything being essentially as it s described But in this book, I enjoyed how not everything was as it seems, and the conceptual aspects of some things, like the Pilot There were also some other complex scenes that I thought were wonderfully written, and different from Condie s normal writing The depth in some parts of the book I found was really refreshing and gave me something to really mull over.The ending was also great Even if it was a bit on the open ended side, I think that it wrapped many of the loose threads that I was wondering about Also, I liked the bittersweet touch that it had The loss was never fully covered up, but the hope was still present This balance between grief and excitement for the future was a tough balance to strike, but I think it was executed well I thoroughly enjoyed the ending of this book, and it partially redeemed the book for me.However, the matter of the fact is nothing happens in this book for the first 300 pages It s like there is absolutely no plot whatsoever When I was updating my status about this book around page 300, I could almost find nothing to say, since nothing happened There was pretty much one slightly major event that happened in these pages, but other than that, I felt as if the writing was just rambling Honestly, I m surprised I kept going, but it was only the slight intrigue of who Cassia was going to end up with that kept me going, even if I knew in my heart who it would be But other than that, there s a complete lack of plot in those first 300 pages, which is a lot of pages.Also, there were some confusing parts of this book During those first three hundred pages where all we re getting is information and random thoughts with no plot, I may add , there s some info dumps, and confusing info dumps at that I had to reread several parts to fully understand what these characters were talking about There s a ton of medical talk in this one, and while I was able to eventually understand it, not only was it frustrating to have to go back and reread parts, but some people aren t going to fully understand everything My dad being in the medical field, I know a lot about medical related things, but I m sure that there are going to be some people that don t understand, just because it was complicated and not explained well enough.Overall, Reached was a decent conclusion to this series I got many of my questions answered, and the ending was fabulous, especially the writing However, it can not be ignored that over half the book didn t really contain much of a plot, not to mention the medical jargon that confused me I d only recommend this one to those who have read the first two books and are curious to see what happens, or perhaps the occasional teenager who is just beginning to read YA, but other than that, this series is pretty meh I can t say that I d recommend it to anyone else, even if I did enjoy some aspects of the series Pre release thoughts I think the cover is pretty nice, although it s not my favorite cover in the world, and I still like the first cover better But I like this cover than the second book s AND, it s supposed to be from the POV of XANDER yay , Ky, and Cassia So we shall seeHere are the questions that I have in my head after reading Crossed They better be answered in this book Note Beware of spoilers if you haven t read Crossed yet What s up with Cassia at the end Where is she Why did they send her back in to Society What s her job there How does being back in Society help the Rebellion What are the trades that she does What does she need to get from the trades How does the Society not get suspicious that she just magically reappeared back from the farmlands What about her family Where does she live Does she continue talking to her family Who is she supposed to meet at the end Why did we skip months at the end Why not just end the book at Ky s POV Why extend the book to Cassia s POV, giving me a bunch of questions Has Cassia been able to talk to Ky Has Ky sent her a message yet Where is Ky What happened to him Did he do his job What exactly is his job How does it help the Society Did he miss Cassia Did Cassia ever find out Xander s secret Is Ky going to find a way to meet her again Why is he so jealous of Cassia Why was Cassia totally unaware of everything during Crossed Why didn t he tell her anything What about the Rebellion How does the Rebellion even work What do they do When are they actually going to, you know, Rebel How is Xander still a part of this What does Cassia feel for Xander Didn t she make it clear that she loves Ky So then why is she still obsessed about Xander What does Xander feel about her How does this all have anything to do with the mysterious choice Cassia is supposed to make Can they make the cover pretty like Matched s cover Why was Crossed s cover not pretty Will they make this book s cover pretty Yep, Condine has left me with a lot of questions Was it wrong for me to actually hope that there would be some sort of improvement in the last book of the Matched trilogy Maybe Maybe not. Reached, for me, was every bit of what I did NOT want a final book to be.Here are four things I did not like about it, in honor of the four blank spaces in my rating 1 THE FLIMSY LOVE TRIANGLE Don t get me wrong, but I do love ADORE well written love triangles You know, ones that handle the three involved with reverence, ones that leave them with dignity in the end Like the ones in The Iron Fey series and The Infernal Devices trilogy.It was FAR from the case with this series.When Cassia decided to go to the Outer Provinces looking for Ky not Xander , when she decided to CROSS A FREAKING CANYON to get to Ky not Xander , when she decided to RISK EVERYTHING, EVEN HER LIFE, just for Ky again, NOT Xander , I knew that the love triangle was supposed to end.BUT NO Xander is still hanging on to this really contrived triangle by the time we arrive at Reached.The way the triangle ended didn t help, either Xander conveniently falls in love with Laney Nea Lei That was too contrived, as well 2 IT S SUPPOSED TO BE DYSTOPIAN Well, would you look at that.So now a dystopian world is defined as a romance set in a place ruled by a totalitarian government where its citizens are pampered I don t think so. You might think that the Aberrations and Anomalies sent to die in the Society s hands are living a dystopia But that s THEM and not CASSIA NOR XANDER NOR to a certain degree KY A NORMAL LIFE, ALBEIT BEING CONTROLLED, IS NOT A DYSTOPIAN LIFE 3 THE PLOT Reached did do its job and ended the story with all of the unanswered questions answered and all of the characters fates sealed.BUT THAT DIDN T MEAN THAT IT WAS ALL FINE AND DANDY IN THE PROCESS OF DOING SO.I am so disappointed with the book because the author includes a whole lot of plot twists that could have been used as great ingredients to make a great story Although there were some good ones that she used, what Condie did with most of them after they have been introduced is a different story.Cassia isn t immune to the red tablet Oh, let s just conveniently make her remember things she was supposed to forget without ever explaining why she could do that.Cassia isn t immune to the Plague Oh, let s just conveniently cause a red dot to appear on her back so that she would be immune and that she wouldn t cause a lot of much needed drama in the story.There are Society sympathizers Oh, let s just ignore them and let them carry on with their lives.Isn t the Society supposed to freaking RETALIATE against the Rising Oh, let s just say that the Society and the Rising are the same so that there wouldn t be ACTION AND BLOODSHED AND MORE ACTION in the story.Urgh 4 THE FACT THAT REACHED SEEMS TO BE RUSHED This is what happens in a trilogy if you don t utilize every single book cough Crossed cough The time that passes between certain chapters is unheard of.There are many instances of this going on, but I remember distinctly that in one chapter Ky s knocking on the door of Xander s family s house, and next thing you know it s weeks later and the family works at the Rising and only Xander s father is ever shown.I also noticed that when romance appears in chapters, time seems to slow down, and when there s talk of the rebellion and some action going on, everything gets to be played fast forward Miscellaneous notes Who s Colin again I forgot who he was.CHAPTER 44 IS SO TOUCHING. Yes That s pretty much it What a waste. Never again will I fall for a pretty cover with a review from freaking MTV.com I m specifically talking about the cover of MatchedHey, Allyster, check this book out It s got an awesome cover and MTV.com says Over and out. 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 Team Xander all the way This book is going to be epic Loved the first two books can t wait for this one.P.S I don t get why everyone loves Ky and thinks he is the dangerous one I think he is safe No one who has been through what he has is dangerous He didn t want to join the rebellion I don t think him and Cassia want the same thing She just likes the idea of him and his story Pps The description basically yells, it s all about Ky, the end Review I like how it ended and I am ok with how it ended for Xander I am sad that Indy left though RIP I really love Allie Condie I can not wait for the movie unless, they are anything like the trailers. El piloto la poeta El doctor Hay flujo y reflujo Partidas y llegadas Vuelos y ca das Canciones y silencios Manos tendidas y manos estrechadas. I m a sucker for red covers 3 I m secretly hoping that the cover will be Cassia standing outside the sphere in the red dress Ky drew her in Update Well, she s not quite OUT of the sphere, but she sure is in a red dress FINISHED REVIEW 3.5 stars I m conflicted I think Matched is still the best of the trilogy.I liked the multiple points of view, and found myself especially liking Xander s chapters I think he was definitely the most interesting character in the book, and I think he s really the only character that experiences any growth in Reached I m glad things ended for him the way they did.I have to admit that a big part of why this book is not a 4 for me is because I didn t connect with Cassia at all And to be honest, I m not sure Ky s appeal came across well here either I kept thinking Cassia and Ky don t really seem right for each other I think, realistically, Cassia and Xander are much better suited, which is odd since I really preferred Ky in the past two books I thought that Indie and Ky would have been a good match I also thought the whole Rising Society fallout was somewhat of a non event There was really no rebellion at all, and I m not really sure I understand the whole Pilot thing But I did find the book well written, and I do love Condie s writing style I enjoyed the book, and was sad for it and the series to be finished I just wish there was a bit action. Actual rating 2.5 stars.This series, based on synopsis, had so much potential and seemed to be tailor made for my particular interests What was delivered, however, was an exciting sub plot centering around a tedious, teenage romance.In my reviews for this series I have not given enough credit to how absolutely stunning the writing is It has a poignant, lyrical beauty to it that had me scribbling an endless sea of quotes into my notebook This alone, however, wasn t enough to hold my interest in these books and the plot often felt stalled, prosaic and repetitious This last installment in the Matched trilogy follows Cassia and Ky s attempt to overthrow the tyrannical and fascist hierarchy that governs every aspect of their lives from life partner, to job, to number of offsprings aided by the rebellion.The previous book closed on Cassia and Ky becoming distanced from each other, despite spending the ENTIRE BOOK attempting to be reconciled This features of the same, but I felt it had a little action and actual forward motion of the plot to keep me entertained.My problem with this series was that I just wasn t very interested in their relationship I wanted information about the governing body and I wanted anarchistic attacks and less melodramatic and angsty inner monologues and declarations of undying love.There were some scenes that really emotionally touched me and these all included the rebirth of creativity to society Little else failed to yield any empathy from me, however There seemed to be a lot of surplus characters and details that added absolutely nothing to the book and I found the ending to be very predictable and anti climatic. as i was posing for this, i was thinking to myself, how fitting this truly is like being trapped in a bubble, because even though i was only eh about the first one, and definitely thumbs down about the second one, i am totally going to have to read the third one to see how it all ends trapped. See reviews at YA Midnight Reads Revised edition DNF this is not one of my normal reviews, I cannot provide such detailed review as this book was read ages ago Additionally, this is not an ARC I know I read it before y all but I guess that is because Australia got it earlier.No one likes party poopers, but I really couldn t do it But I tried And that s all I could do.This series gets worse in each book Matched was pretty good, I liked the world Ally Condie created I mean, who doesn t love it I certainly loved the idea Then Crossed came out, I almost had given up on it all together as it was dull, characters had nothing too likeable about them and the love triangle was lame I m a sucker for well written love triangles, but bad onesthey make me want to rip my hair out Ahhthen Reached came, I really should have listened to myself at page 78 to stop but I urged on, dying each second on The first reasons why I even read these books is because of the cover AMAZING One star to that drop dead gorgeous cover that sucked me in each time I love how they have covers green, blue and red corresponding to the tablets Really imaginative I don t know why, but recently, breath taking covers have been quite disappointing People should start making ugly covers on the good books now because I m on a hunt for unawesome covers and impressive meaty insides with all the yummy world building, personalities, heroism and plot Majority of these elements are either non existent or poorly accomplished.Aww scrap going on a hunt for that, I VANT CHOCOLATE Who doesn t In short, here is a dot pointed edition of my short, detail lacking review Real sorry guys but I found a new addiction of writing thorough reviews in late December, 2012 and the other review I had on this, which you all cannot see any wasn t too good, so I don t know where I got all the likes from My discovery of why I dislike these books Rated on 1 10 scale 1 Setting 8 for the setting which was really unique2 Plot 6, I found that it had a few flaws in it3 Cover 10 PEOPLE It speaks for itself 4 Characters 2, Cassia is weak, she might be rebellious in a way, but really lacks the certainty and focus most people desire in a heroin Ky, he s quite to himself so I can t get much of a connection with him Xander, what can I say I ve always been team Xander so I liked him than Ky A special note at the start from Ally said that the e from Reached represented the 3 protagonists, Cassia, Ky and Xander As there was three lines on top of one and another to make the letter e A disappointing series, really predictable and just unlikeable characters One limpy star.
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.
- 512 pages
- Ally Condie
- 11 July 2017 Ally Condie