Sunday, 14 April 2013

Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Author: Ally Condie

Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: 30- November-2012

Format: Paperback

Synopsis: 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. (Copied from

Rating: 4.5 stars. 

Review: I had thoroughly enjoyed Matched and Crossed so I was naturally excited for the last instalment of the book.  What I love most about this trilogy is Ally Condie’s writing, she spends a lot of time building up her characters and their development throughout the novel. By the end of the 3 books you feel as if you really know them inside and out. Although there are several big plot arcs in the book a lot of it is character focused and although this is evident in her other books, it can be slow going at times- especially if you’re looking for an “explosive” ending. Each chapter is in the point of view of Cassia, Ky and Xander, the narrations give the reader strong and powerful reactions to the situations they go through. 

As the life they once knew continues to change dramatically, Cassia, Ky and Xander have to each make decisions that will decide their future. The conclusion to the Matched trilogy does the whole series justice, it’s poetic and gives such a strong message. If you loved the first two books you should have no worries about the last one. Ally Condie’s writing allows you to get sucked into that world so that even if you’re not the biggest fan- I don’t think you’d have a problem finishing the last book.

It may not be as enthralling as some of the other YA books about but it’s poignant, powerful and the writing is beautiful. Well worth a read.
Kathleen x          

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