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Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3) Hardcover – November 13, 2012
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In this book, we learn much more about the 3 main groups in this world: the Society, the Rising, and the Outlanders. The Society were the people living in the larger towns and who had all the advantages that were only granted to citizens.
The Rising were the ones who chose to rebel from the Society because they wanted more freedom to choose their own lives. They wanted to be allowed to create, to write, and to learn and discover things that were not usually approved by the Society. And the Outlanders were the people classified as “aberrations” by society. Some of those known as aberrations chose the life for themselves, but many were classified as such through the actions of a parent or other relative rather than through their own actions.
The main portion of this book has all 3 groups dealing with a plague and searching for a cure. The plague had started out as a created thing, designed with a cure available, however it had mutated and the cure that one group had intended to use to save people was no longer effective. Thus the need to find a cure if any of the three groups were to survive.
While the story was enjoyable and well written, I much preferred the first book in the trilogy, “Matched”. That book drew me in and held my interest in way that wasn’t maintained by either of the following two books. I don’t know if it was because the books were intended for younger readers than myself, but I could see how this one would end well before the book reached it’s conclusion. I did greatly enjoy the book, but I kept waiting for a surprise somewhere along the way that never really manifested.
The various plot points in the story were all very neatly tied up in the end, with only one question left unanswered... what will happen next? And while that question was not answered, I find I much prefer it that way. In my opinion it leaves just enough left to the reader’s imagination to decide what might come next. Yes, the author could theoretically add another book or series of books on to this ending, but I don’t believe that she will. The way it ends, to me at least, feels complete. I find it a very good ending to the trilogy.
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.