She Blinded Me with Science: Reached by Allie Condie


Sometimes I read a book, and a few months go by before I realize that I forgot to review it. So here we are with a review for Reached by Ally Condie, which I read in December!

Reached by Ally CondieCassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter. The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. Cassia, Ky, and Xander return to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long…the power to choose.

Okay. I really, really had great hopes for this book, the final in the Matched trilogy. I loved the first book, and was hoping the third book would make up for a lack-luster second book.  Unfortunately, I was kinda disappointed.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed Reached and this series as a whole, but that’s because Condie did such an amazing job with Matched. The final two books just didn’t match up. I love the main characters, especially Cassia and enjoyed seeing how things turned out for them, but I just wasn’t in love with this book.

First, I had a hard time with the multiple narrators. I’ve read books with multiple narrators that didn’t trip me up, but I found myself getting majorly confused about who was narrating at times. I say this even though the names were on the top of the page! I kept having to look up to find out who was speaking. But, I will say that I did enjoy reading Xander’s side of the story, which was pretty interesting! And there was a new character who I think was a great addition to the story!

Second, the science behind the plague and it’s cure was a little too much for me. I felt a little bored and lost when the characters were discussing the reasons for the mutation and all that. It just seemed to me that all of this explanation was too much and instead of adding to the story in a positive way, the story was bogged down under the weight of it. Actually, I would say, she blinded me with science!

One thing I did enjoy was seeing the way in which once a tiny ounce of freedom had been given people began to create with it. I’ve always loved Condie’s focus on creation (of art and culture) an intriguing part of this story and seeing the urge to create spread to so many more on a larger scale was very cool.

So, all in all, did I love Reached? No. Did I hate it? No. Was I a little disappointed with this series? Yes. Reached and the Matched trilogy was still an interesting read, but it just didn’t resonate me the way others did.  I would, however, still recommend it to high school readers and up who enjoy dystopian fiction.

Author: Ally Condie

Publisher: Dutton (November 13, 2012)

Format: Hardcover

Length: 512 pages

Series: third book in the Matched trilogy


Buy the Book:  Reached (Matched Trilogy Book 3)

5 thoughts on “She Blinded Me with Science: Reached by Allie Condie

  1. Oh no, what a shame! I had the opposite reaction, I wasn’t sure if I’d like the end to this series but I foudn it to be beautiful and liked how well researched all the science was. But, I can totally understand that it might have been boring. Great review!

  2. I completely agree with you. It is probably one of the worst series I’ve read. I enjoyed Matched and I think the idea behind the series was great, but once I hit the middle of Crossed I wanted to give up. I never do that though and always finish what I start! So… I got Reached and it.was.painful. I have never literally crinkled my nose at a book because I felt FORCED TO FINISH. It was full of stuffing. So drawn out it I could have fallen asleep for a hundred pages and not missed a thing. :( And ditto on the confusing POVs. I had to flip back constantly to figure out who was talking!

  3. I enjoyed Reached…. kind of like I enjoyed 10th grade chemistry. It was interesting, but I don’t want to repeat it. I think what was totally redeeming for me was Xander’s voice. I loved him in the series. I just feel like overall it was a disappointing series. Not because it wasn’t good or well-written or the characters sucked… it just… lacked excitement. Glad I read the series though!

  4. Your review sums up exactly how I felt! The characters didn’t seem to have distinct enough voices, and that led to me being confused on who was talking. I did love seeing Xander’s POV though…his really stood out the most to me.
    Spot on.

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