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4.0 out of 5 stars Fitting Conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, November 13, 2012
This review is from: Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3) (Hardcover)
I am going to try to writer a mostly spoiler-free review here and have posted the spoilers on my personal blog here on shazarose dot blogspot dot com

Reached is told through the perspective of not just Cassia and Ky, but also Xander this time. They take turns telling the story of the Rising as it unfolds right at the beginning of the book; the rest of the book mostly deals with its aftermath. All three viewpoints are crucial in the telling of this story because of their respective roles in the Rising: Cassia as a gifted sorter, Xander as a medic/physic and Ky as a pilot.

We find out more about the Rising, but unfortunately not really much more about the Society and how and why it came into being. Readers who want to know who Cassia ends up with don't really need me to tell you the answer; if you had read the previous two books you would have known who it would be right from the beginning. There are deaths by the end of the book, but fortunately, none of them are who I would call major characters.

Ally Condie's writing is like her first and second book, beautiful, poetic and lyrical as she quietly lulls and lures you into her world. Condie's version of dystopian story-telling is mostly introspective, and it really works with the characters and the story. The conclusion of the book will satisfy most readers, although some loose ends remains untied.

My only disappointment with this book was that I would have loved to find out more about the Society and how it really came to be, which I felt was not explored enough in the Matched and almost totally left out of Crossed since that book mostly takes place outside of Society.

Overall I really enjoyed the book. Although at times I felt that it dragged in the middle and found the characterization of the Pilot totally lacking, which may be intentional, I enjoyed the book tremendously and find it a satisfying conclusion to the Matched trilogy.

I just hope Disney, who won the film rights to the trilogy, would not botch up the story of Cassia, Xander and Ky that we readers have grown to love.

4 stars from me.
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