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!
Cassia’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.