Book Review: Reached

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Title: Reached [Matched 3]

Author: Ally Condie

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopian

Rating: 3 Stars

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Description/Synopsis:

After leaving Society to desperately seek 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 is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.

WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I’d expected. I loved the first book, and I loved the second book nearly as much, but by the time I got around to the end of the trilogy… I think I was just over it. Technically speaking, the story is well written. There weren’t a lot of grammar, spelling, or punctuation errors. The writing was clear and easy to read—but the pace in this book was slow. It felt as if a ton of tension had been built up going into this book for how the characters may defeat the society, and I guess I expected that to happen—I wanted the characters I’d grown to love to step up, throw off the shackles of the Society, and break it all apart.

That both is, and isn’t what happened. The story didn’t feel personal to the characters. Cassia, Ky, and Xander (and Indie, who I still don’t care for) seemed like Pawns for the pilot. They were shuffled around to different cities, the narrative kept switching POV’s, and I guess in the end… it felt like the story went from being Cassia’s personal struggle, to an aerial view of this jumbled mess of Society and the resistance. It was boring. Ky, Cassia, and Xander waffled on their romances. Most characters outside the main three only had cameos. It just didn’t hold my interest.

This wasn’t a bad book. The author stayed true to the quality of her writing, the story sped off in a logical direction… it should have been another 5 star novel—but I think the author pulled too far back. I didn’t feel connected to the characters this time around. Instead, I was annoyed at their wishy-washy attitudes towards their friends and their mission. The main trio barely spent any time together at all. I didn’t care what was happening, I just wanted the book to end.

Overall? It was “Meh.” I’m glad I read it because I finally got to see the end to the story and find out what happened to Cassie and Ky… but by the same token, I wasn’t impressed with what I was presented. Had this been the first book in the series, I probably would have put it down and not picked it back up. Would I recommend it? If you’ve read the previous two books, sure. If you haven’t? Skip this one.

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