Name: Reached (Matched # 3)
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher: Dutton Childrens Books
Release Date: November 14th, 2012
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What a great conclusion to a very interesting trilogy! Reached was just as brilliantly written and crafted as the other two books in the series. The best part about this book was definitely the writing style. Ally Condie writes all of her books as though she is crafting a poem: each word is carefully chosen, as if the entire story needs to fit on one single page rather than 512. There were a wealth of similes, metaphors, and extended metaphors throughout the book. Not only did every word and every sentence read like a poem, but everything that was stated in the book had more than one meaning: oftentimes there was a literal meaning, a figurative meaning, and then a meaning that coincided with real life outside of the story. It was just beautifully written.
I also enjoyed the switching point of views between Cassia, Ky, and Xander. The first book in the trilogy was just in Cassia's point of view and the second was in both Cassia and Ky's. However, I loved getting a look at Xander's mind as well, especially since the book concerned his future as much as Cassia and Ky's; also, throughout all three books his personality was so straightforward yet at the same time he harbored many secrets, and so I was always wondering what he was thinking. There really was not much of a love triangle in this final book, since it was clear from the first two that Cassia had made her decision and she was sticking with it. That being said, it was nice to see how each of the characters ended up and who they each truly loved.
There was a sort of somber feel to the book that I was not exactly thrilled with, but I suppose that is expected in a book where the characters have no control over their lives. This book was also interesting because we learned more about the rebellion that was occurring and the logistics behind it. While the ending did not exactly leave me feeling completely satisfied (it was open-ended and did not specifically explain what would happen to the future of their society), there was definitely a sense of closure that fit the final in a series. Overall, this was a great book and a beautifully written series, and you should check it out if you are interested in dystopian love stories.