Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review: Reached by Ally Condie

Reached by Ally Condie
Published: November 13, 2012
Dutton Juvenile
Series: Matched #3
My Rating:  2 of 5 stars

Synopsis: All will be sorted.

Cassia's journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect facade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most--family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion.

With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

My Review: Oh this book. This took way too long to read. Want to know why? I was bored throughout most of it. Yes in the synopsis above it calls this emotionally gripping but I have failed to see what is so gripping about this book.

I think that you should know that when I read Matched about a year ago I actually enjoyed it and I don't even remember why. Then I read Crossed and I swear that book was one of the most boring books I've ever read. I don't even remember liking anything about that book except for the character who died. It seems like the interesting characters in not so good series always die or leave.

I think I'll stop there because this is a review of Reached not the entire series. This book was actually a little better than Crossed but not by much because it was still pretty boring. I actually liked one of the main characters. If Xander hadn't been there I don't know what I would have done. His story was so much more interesting than Cassia's and Ky's. I'm just done with Cassia and Ky. Completely done with them and their relationship. It seemed like every single time it was Ky's POV he was like I'm only doing this for Cassia, I don't think Cassia would like this if I do this, or I need to see Cassia. His obsession with Cassia was just plain annoying.

Then there's Cassia. I was always two steps ahead of her for everything. It was quite frustrating. It was also painfully obvious who Cassia would end up with. I figured it out in Matched.When Cassia and Ky meet up in the book it is like there's nothing between them! It was like I'm glad your ok and stuff like that. It was like they were friends.

The part about the Plague wasn't that bad until it mutated and all of the characters couldn't seem to understand that the cure had caused it. It made me want to shake them. There are also some unanswered questions that I want answers to. Who is the Enemy? Is it another country? I still don't know. At first I thought it was the Rising but it isn't. What are the Otherlands? Just somewhere else? Why is Cassia special? Seriously. Is it because she never took the green tablet? WHAT IS IT?

Also how in the world did Oker (that's his name right?) know that the cure wouldn't work and that the flower was actually the cure?

Is it bad that I'm actually happy about what happened to Indie? I thought she was just plain weird and well I can't think of the words to describe how I feel about her. I mean did anyone else find it really strange when Xander sees her and she tells him that he doesn't know her. That's a little weird and Ky and Cassia are always making excuses for her. She does something and they just say that's just Indie.

I feel like this book didn't go anywhere. I didn't feel anything for the characters. They were all terribly boring. The concept of this series is so interesting but with all the trying to be meaningful and poetic writing it was kind of lost.

I'm actually not surprised that I didn't like this book. I didn't like the one before this but for some reason I thought that this one might be better. I think I just needed to see how it ended.


  1. Haha I loved this review! I'm a bit of a sucker for book covers and this one I find quite bland, and apparently the story is, too! Great review, thanks for the heads up!

    1. Thanks! The covers would make more sense if you read the books. I think they were trying to be really symbolic with the covers.

  2. Aww so sorry that you didn't enjoy. I remember not liking the 2nd as much as first, and sounds like I might be with you.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

    1. Yeah it seems that if you didn't like the 2nd you probably won't like this one.

  3. *sigh* I never liked this series and found it boring. Now I confirmed the fact it's not just me who felt this way. Thanks for your review :) I probably won't read it..

    -Ariella @ Secrets of Lost Words

    1. Yeah if you didn't like the other books I'd say skip this one.

  4. I was so curious about this one because it had xander's as narrator or at least I heard it does lol, I was always disappointed because it was a love triangle yet you knew nothing about him. After reading crossed I just haven't had the urge to read this one, thanks for your thoughts!

    Kristin @ Young Adult Book Haven

    1. Xander is one of the narrators and honestly he was the only reason I kept reading but he still wasn't very interesting. At least you find out a little more about him but it wasn't really a main part of the book.

  5. Thanks for your thoughts. I imagine I'll feel the same way. I liked Matched, but can't really remember why. Crossed was ok, but good enough to go for Reached. I guess I'll read it next year sometime and see!

  6. I love how you summed up this series, since I thought the complete opposite haha. I really liked Matched, but then Crossed disappointed me big time. That's why I haven't picked up this one yet, but if we're complete opposites on this series, I might have to haha ;)

    Marlene Detierro (TeakaToys)


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