Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Reached by Ally Condie (Matched #3)

 Genre: Young Adult,Dystopian, Romance
Format: Hardcover (512 pages)
Publisher: Penguins
Publication Date:  November 13th 2012
Rating: 4/5
Source: Library Loan
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Summary from Goodreads:

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.
What I think:

I was a bit disappointed with Matched Crossed because of the clichés and slow character development. However, Ally Condie`s work have a lot of potentials, so I decided to finish the trilogy afterall. Reached did redeem itself with its twists and beautiful writing style. The third book of the Match trilogy has indeed showcased the evolution of the author`s writing.

Reached in Cassia, Ky, and Xander`s POVs which sometimes is frustrated and interesting at the same time. There were moments that I did not want to switch point of views because I was too drawn into one character and had to dread reading another two chapters just to get back to the point of view I really enjoyed at that particular time. However, luckily, all three POVs were full of surprises so that dread feeling was not as big as I have anticipated.  

The three endings, since Reached was told in three different perspectives, were great. Although, there are some open-ended points, such as Xander`s case, I did not mind as much as I should. Some parts were bittersweet which was good because not everything is happily-ever-after as there are losses and sacrifices to be remembered.  

My only problems with this book is that the first 100 pages or so, there seemed to have no plots. The 
thoughts of all three characters seemed to be all mixed up at one times. I don`t particularly enjoyed alternating POVs as I got so confuse on who is talking and had to re-read the chapters to understand the event fully. They kept talking about the pilot, which to me, is a bit too repetitive, unless the repetitiveness has a symbolism.

Reached was a good conclusion of the Matched Trilogy. Many of the questions were answers, yet there still a few points that left the readers wondering. The writing was beautiful; however, I think it would be more extraordinary if the layout of the book was more organized. I recommend this book to the people that started reading the second installment and want to see who Cassia ends with or Xander`s fate. In addition, I think this book is perfect for the ones that just starting to read YA dystopian novels as the writing style is simple enough to understand. However, overall, this series is an okay read.



  • “I wish I could have one without the other, but that's the problem with being alive. You don't usually get to choose the measure of suffering or the degree of joy you have.”
  • “In a story, you can turn to the front and begin again and everyone lives once more. That doesn't work in real life.”
  • "There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.” 


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  1. I wanted to start reading this series, but I was afraid that I was going to be disappointed.

    1. The whole series reminds me of a shoujo manga plot line. First book has a cutesy-vibe.. the second book was uber confusing (from the way the story was layed out). The last book did wrapped everything up and the ending was pretty good.

  2. I really enjoyed the last book, though I think the first book might be my favorite. I actually stopped reading the second one for a while and finally picked it up a few months later because I decided I wanted to finish the series. Thanks for the review. :)

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian