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Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3) Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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Gr 7 Up-In this gripping and richly satisfying final book in this dystopian series, Cassia, Ky, and Xander recount in alternating chapters how they secretly find themselves working for the Rising, the group that's trying to overthrow the rigid and oppressive Society. In Crossed (Dutton, 2011), Cassia found Ky, the boy she's in love with but who's not her Match, after he disappeared into the Outer Provinces. He is now a pilot with the Rising. Cassia's back in Central working as a human computer algorithm sorting people into their Matches while secretly trading snippets of forbidden poetry with the Archivists and working to create a forum where people can openly share their art. Xander, Cassia's official Match, is an Officer and Physic in the Society, trusted with making sure that babies receive their immunizations but secretly replacing these pills with others that prevent disease and memory loss. When a plague created by the Society spreads out of control, Ky is asked to help fly cures into the impacted cities. The Rising is using this plague to show that they can save the people. Not everyone is immune to the plague and soon a pandemic breaks out, sickening many, including Ky. Unless Cassia, Xander, and Oker, a 90-year-old doctor who escaped being killed by the Society at age 80, can figure out a cure, the Rising will fail and the Provinces will fall apart. Fans who want closure will love this last book in the series that effectively combines action, romance, science, philosophy, and the arts.--Sharon Rawlins, New Jersey State Library, Trentonα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The uprising begins so quickly in the finale of Condie’s Matched trilogy that Cassia, Ky, and Xander barely have enough time to register what is happening. Ky is still in the outer provinces, flying planes and waiting for orders. Cassia is now in the heart of the society, working as a sorter in Central and looking for clues that covertly signal the start of the rebellion. Xander works as a medical official and notes the beginnings of an outbreak: the plague that’s been engineered by the leader of the Rising, the Pilot, which only the Pilot himself can cure. In this powerful series send-off, Condie ignites a race against the clock to find a cure and, along the way, tests the beliefs of her weary protagonists and studies the moral implications of biological warfare. Even through trials, the love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander remains fiercely romantic, poignant, and heartrending. There is an expected happy ending tucked neatly into the aftermath, sure to gladden fans eagerly anticipating this thought-provoking climax. Grades 9-12. --Courtney Jones
Top customer reviews
Oh my gosh there are so many triangles in this book! Too many. Everyone has someone else. Just when you think "nah man. She's totally available" BAM! NO SHE WAS IN LOVE WITH SOMEONE ELSE! It was weird.
I hate Ky. Yeah. I said it. I hate him. I just needed to get that off my chest. My hate started in the last book.... "my mother taught me this" "my uncle taught me that". You just know everything don't you? And now you know how to fly a plane! Because flying a plane is SO EASY! Ugh, no. It was super annoying. Super flat.
I didn't mind Cassia. Mostly because I loved her connection to the archivists (yes, yes I -know-). And her creations. I believe her actions were rebellion at their finest. Creation and writing and music are often at the heart of change (or rebellion as it were). They're a mark that things are not okay or that things can change. They held ideas. They held culture and meaning. From the Irish river dance to, well really any kind of writing (Declaration of independence, etc).
I rooted for Xander/Cassia the entire book. Well, until Lei showed up. Then I shipped them. I actually really liked Xander. He's smart. He's calculating. He's selfless (sort of). He cares. I'm still not sure how his love of games transfers to his profession but hey, I'm not sure if that matters. If I were Cassia, I would have chosen him! Only one thing...the day he knew she took the red pill because everyone took it (from last book, I think?) Is never explained. What. Happened. I would like to know.
Indie annoyed me as flat-ish characters tend to. Like, what is her obsession with the guys interested in Cassia. Is it that they're unavailable? No, but seriously. In terms of the story, what is the point of it? Did it drive the plot? Did it make her character more complex? Did it make Xander and/or Ky's storyline(s) more complex? No? Was it just to make another freaking triangle? Yes. (Though Tbh, I shipped Indie/Ky out of pure spite at one point. I hated them both. They should be in love. Very fitting.).
My unpopular opinion of this book...I liked that the three main characters were separated. It showed the different aspects of the rebellion/Rising. And, AND how the three of them weren't truly committed to it all the time (Xander's adherence toward Geelong PEOPLE not just the cause, Cassia's creations, and Ky's distrust of everything). All of this coupled with the fact that I hated Ky and Cassia when they were together. Stupid Ky. (You could say I liked chapter 52. Well, yeah actually. I liked -that-plotline. It made him a little more complex.)
The ending was too... clean. "Oh hey some people died. We're still looking for others. But everyone's together and just fine :D"
The world was intriguing but I would have liked to know a lot more about it. It felt a little like she was making it up as she was going along.
Overall, aspects of the story were boring. Still though, it was an interesting read.
The allure Cassia seems to have on Xander and Ky is still a mystery to me after two books in the trilogy, and if anything, Cassia gets even more boring and less interesting in this final volume of the trilogy, where she focuses on art lala-land, while the world around her is in shambles. Xander is clearly the most compelling of the featured protagonists in this final book, but his development into basically the head medical officer - at 18 years of age - is ludicrous at best. The uprising and take-over -- drummed up over 2 whole books -- happens so secretly that the reader doesn't even notice, and the "Pilot" reveal is hardly to be taken seriously and seems like a true afterthought, so does the family reunion.
All in all disappointing, though for different reasons than volume 2. I should have stopped reading after the first book in this trilogy, Matched, which - despite a slow ending - was head and shoulders above the sequels.