Book Review: Reached (Matched #3)

Author: Ally Condie

Goodreads Summary:

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

My Rating of this Book – 3 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Reached was a good ending to the Matched trilogy, but I felt it was a little befuddling and dragged on too long.

The main focus of the plotline was on a virus known as the “Plague.” But what confused me about it was that it just seemed to come out of the blue. It was never really a primary focus of the previous two novels. Actually it wasn’t even really mentioned. Yet from page one of Reached, the disease was the necessary push toward a revolution. It took me complete off gaurd.

Then there was finding the cure, which seemed to drag on. And as much tension as there was with the time constraints and some threats, I felt Reached lacked any real action, drama, or anything to truly keep me engaged with the plot. Of course, most of the settings were mostly in labs and hospitals. Not exactly the most thrilling environments, in my opinion, especially for a novel of 512 pages.

Despite all that, I will still say that I love the characters Ky and Cassia! I have enjoyed watching them grow through this series, and it was kind of interesting to experence their reactions to the “Plague” and other pressures they faced. Ky, especially, had an intriguing point of view at one point, but I don’t want to give that little shocker away. 😉

All in all, I enjoyed the Matched series as a whole. I loved the uncertainty in Cassia’s Match Ceremony; the relationships between her, Ky, and Xander; and the discovery of the rebellion uprising and the truth behind the Society. I just feel the “Plague” really didn’t do the series any kind of justice in comparison.

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