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[Book Review] - Reached by Ally Condie

Title: Reached
   Author: Ally Condie
   Series: #3 - Matched
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: Novemeber 15th, 2011
   My Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0

     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.

My Review:

     The wait is over, Reached is finally here and the wait was worth every bit. The book surpassed everything that I had thought, and it went the same path that the last book, Crossed did; each chapter being told by another character (Xander, Ky, and Cassia). Lately books have been doing this, switching characters and most of them seem to leave you wondering what the characters were doing while the other one was telling their story and end up wanting more out of the characters or just in utter confusion. Most of you will remember my review of The Casual Vacancy and how horrible the character switches were there, but here is a decent one that leaves you feeling complete and fulfilled at the end of the day.

     The characters grew in this book and there was a sort of distance between them that made me want them all to meet up. Xander's faced with a choice and a realization that I believe and thought throughout the book he should have been able to realize. Ky learns how to understand his past and the relationship he has with Cassia; after Crossed, I felt that Ky and Cassia had drifted apart and in this book Ky shows his loyalty and faith to her. Cassia I feel is more of a inward, realizing who she is and what she wants. How the characters grow next to each other and constantly change the perception of who they are and what they want from each other.

     Reached brings the Society to its knees with the revolution bringing the cause and the plague to the society. I am not sure I agree with the means the revolution takes place. It's a sense of we'll get everyone sick, come in and cure everyone so you know how great we are and choose us over what you have now. Of course, as in reality, you had those who support Society of the Revolution. But when the plague goes wild, it's not only just the three fighting for their lives, but everyone.

     With the discovery of the Pilot and his first real appearance of the whole series. I found he was more philosophical and up in the clouds than a down to earth person. The pilot's character seemed to be more focus on his own personal goal than saving the lives of everyone else. I almost got the feeling he'd sacrifice the three if it suited his means. The let down, the complete lack of who I thought he would be and Cassia's perception of the Pilot I felt more appealed to than what was actually given.

     The decisions of each character build to a point, and the relationship between Cassia and Ky is just the beginning of this book. This isn't just a romance, but a war. And as the quarantine goes further than anyone anticipated Xander ends up dealing with the sick and dying on a level I hope no one has to see. That is the way I forsee the world ending, not some alien invasion, but a plague that ravages the world. The plague isn't the only thing Xander finds himself stuck in, but a romance he never thought would appear, and a broken heart for another broken heart.

     Reached by far was the best part of the whole series. The first book, was building a love that lasted throughout the entire series, and to any couple that picks up this series, I hope they learn what it means to stay together. In Crossed the relationship between Ky and Cassia is put to the test, as the escape from Society leads them to the Revolution. And Reached not only ends the series but ties everything together,  leaves you feeling complete and fulfilled.
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