Sunday 13 January 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Reached by Ally Condie

Title: Reached (Matched #3)
Author: Ally Condie
Pages: 528
Publication Date: 30th Nov 2012


"The stunning finale of the acclaimed, international bestselling Matched trilogy.
After leaving the Society and desperately searching for each other – and the Rising – Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again.
But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again . . .
In the gripping conclusion to this dystopian trilogy, will Cassia reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without?"

My Thoughts...

It seems to me that the Matched series by Ally Condie is somewhat of a ‘marmite’ series. I know lots of people who absolutely love it, but I have also met people who find it boring. As for me, I have always kind of hovered somewhere in between – not quite sure if this is a series I love, or just like. Still, I was very excited to read the Reached and see how the trilogy concluded.

I knew I was going to enjoy Reached as soon as I started it and I happily sat back and waited for the substantial amount of pages (Reached is a rather lengthy book) that lay invitingly ahead of me to unfold with surprises, mysteries and romance. 

 It had been a while since the last time I had visited the world of Matched i.e. since I had read Crossed and it was nice to return to Ally Condie’s fluid and poetic writing style, which is just so lovely to read. It is one thing that even those who criticise the Matched trilogy for insubstantial plot or whatever often praise – the way Condie writes so beautifully.

I like the way poetry is such a big part of the Matched trilogy, and I think it helps YA readers, who are mostly teens, appreciate and understand the unique beauty of poetry, and its value,  a bit more. For example, at school we are currently having to study a lot of poetry in English for our GCSE exam and we generally find it tedious; however, the other day, we were studying ‘Do not go gentle into that good night,’ which, as you’ll know if you’ve read the books, is a poem that features prominently in this series and the several of my friends and I who had read Matched were all actually quite excited and engaged that lesson! (For once!)

No time is wasted in the opening of Reached and we are sucked straight into the exciting build-up of a revolution. What I really liked about Reached is how we get to know Xander more. Whereas the previous two books have focused mainly on Cassia and Ky, Xander was treated as a character of equal importance in Reached, and this time we also had chapters written from his perspective. Although I’ve never really had a ‘side’ in the Cassia-Ky-Xander love triangle, as I got to know Xander more, and as he was given a chance to prove himself as a character more, I began to really like him and I really felt sorry for him. In fact, by the end of Reached I think I would say that I definitely liked Xander more than Ky.
Beautifully written, as Condie’s novels always are, and a very enjoyable conclusion to the Matched trilogy. I look forward to seeing what the author has in store for us next now that this series is over!


  1. Haven't read the review as I haven't read either Crossed or Reached yet but I'm sure it's amazing as usual!
    I really must hurry up and read these! I'm going to have a look for them at my library soon.

  2. I've had a similar problem with this trilogy... except for me I couldn't decide whether I liked or tolerated the books. I went with liked. ;)

    That's so cool that you studied a poem which played quite a big part throughout the series - I would have payed attention to that too! And I thought I was the only one who had switched back to Team Xander in the third book!

    Great review! :D xx

  3. I definitely agree with you about the 'marmite' thing... there have been loads of mixed reviews on this. But I am like you, hovering in between ;P I liked the stories but I didn't love them. I still want to read Reached though! :D

    I agree, Condie writes beautifully. I especially love the poetry - I guess that is what makes me like Ky more;) Thanks for posting, Catherine, great review xxx

  4. I love the poetry in these books, as well! I enjoyed Matched, but I wasn't that thrilled with Crossed. But your review of Reached is really good so I will have to read the book now! :)

  5. Great review! I'm in the middle of Reached at the moment and I totally agree with you about this series being in the middle of great and boring. I've had to put Reached down for a little while because I couldn't get into it, but I think I'll pick it back up!


Hiya there! Thanks for dropping by The Book Parade!

***N.B. This is now an award-free zone. I'm honoured if you consider me, but people taking the time to read my posts and comment is the most valuable award I could receive. Thanks! :D