Sunday, 9 December 2012

#175 Book Review: Reached

Release Date: November 2012
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia | Dymocks
More Info: Goodreads
After leaving Society and desperately searching for 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 has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestsellingMatched trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.
I really adore how the covers of the Matched series each represent the story of the book. The red theme of Reached's cover symbolises the red tablet and also how there's this sense of freedom achieved because the girl breaks free from the sphere which originally traps her inside.


The Pilot, the Uprising must tell the tale...

After finishing Crossed last year, I was quite disappointed. I enjoyed Matched but not so much with Crossed. However, I was still excited to read Reached because I wanted to know how the story would conclude. Reached was a slow journey to a satisfying ending.

The story begins with Cassia, Ky and Xander separated to do their part for the Uprising. They are still waiting for the Pilot who will help them with their rebellion. Slowly, the story starts to unravel about the Uprising, the Pilot and Cassia, Ky and Xander's life. This book is written from Cassia, Ky and Xander's POV so it was really interesting to hear their thoughts on the journey of their lives. The story itself progressed really slowly and I found myself facing the same struggles as I did with Crossed. Luckily, towards the ending the story picked up and I was satisfied with the conclusion. One thing that stood out the most from this book was definitely Ally's writing. It was very lyrical and poetic!

Cassia, Ky and Xander are with no doubt the three main characters in this book who have changed throughout the series. Cassia is no longer the girl trapped by the confines of the Society. Instead, she joins the Uprising to breakthrough the barriers set up by the Society. When reading Matched and Crossed, I was confused of who I should root for with Cassia. Xander or Ky? They both are different guys who love Cassia but after reading Reached, I can finally decide that Ky is actually perfect for Cassia. Their moments together are synced and their love for words are beautiful. There are new characters introduced in this book who play important roles in the Uprising and I really enjoyed reading about all of them!

Will Cassia, Ky and Xander make it in the Uprising? Will the Society change? Reached is the satisfying conclusion to the Matched series. Even though I found the beginning slow, the book picked up towards the ending and Ally's lyrical writing brings us the enjoyable last book in the Matched trilogy.
3 Forget-Me-Not flowers for Reached!
Thank you Penguin Australia for the review copy!

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  1. I'm so glad this was another satisfying conclusion for you! I haven't read this series, but I'm considering it after hearing how good this series is. Amazing review, Celine! :)

  2. Your thoughts mirror mine exactly, Celine! The pace felt like Crossed much of the time, but I did like this one a little more and I'm HAPPY with how things turned out at the end. And oh gosh, Ally's writing is so beautiful <3

    I was always Team Ky, though! :P Fabulous review!!

  3. I haven't read this series, but I'm happy to hear you were pleased with the conclusion, Celine. Great review. :)

  4. Celiiiiiine! I still haven't read these books but it makes me SO HAPPY YOU LIKED IT! I've been kind of curious but never quite sure and and and... oooh, I am so curious about which boy Cassia ends up with and and and ♥

  5. Oh my. Oh my. I've read Matched but haven't read Crossed and Reached - but I just couldn't resist reading your review! :) So sad to hear you were disappointed when you read Crossed which makes me very nervous and hesitant about picking up the sequel. But I'm glad to hear that you liked Reached so there's redemption in the last book after all. :)

    Like Brodie, I'm Team Ky! Forever. Great review, Celine!

  6. I'm glad to hear it was a satisfying conclusion to the series, despite it not being perfect. I decided not to continue with Crossed but I may consider giving this series another shot one day. :) Brilliant review!

  7. I haven't read this series but I really REALLY want to! I've heard such great things about it! Great review, Celine! :)

  8. I have Matched here but I havent had the time to read it mostly because books just keeps on coming..until I couldnt catch up anymore *sighs* Anyway sorry that this one wasnt as good as the first book but im hoping the next read would be better! Great review Celine. x

  9. I'm glad it picks up a bit, I read another review that said they were really disappointed with it just like they were with Crossed. I've got it out from the library, but I'm definitely not as excited about is as I am about Scent of Magic and Finale.

    Btw, I don't think I've been here for a while, I love the look of your blog, it's really lovely. The background colours are really nice, subtle but very attractive.


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