Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie


Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie

 

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars ★★☆☆☆

After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—& 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, & all too soon the veil lifts & things shift once again.  -Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, & honoring a love she cannot live without.

*Sigh* I'm feeling conflicted.  There were some things to like in Ally Condie's conclusion to the Matched Trilogy but this is without a doubt my least favorite in the trilogy.  Almost the entire first half of it was SO slow to me, even though when I did get into it I enjoyed what I read - it still was a challenge at times to hold my interest.  It's still a fitting conclusion to the series and author Ally Condie still maintains a lovely writing style .  When the plot did pick up (past the halfway mark), it was a breeze to read through just like the first books in the series!  It's odd because most people who felt let down by book 2 (which I had enjoyed overall) seem to have loved Reached, so I think it may  be one of those times where the expectations I had were just not met.

Reached picks up soon after Crossed leaves off, with Cassia, Ky & Xander dealing with The Rising in their own ways.  This books adds Xander as a narrator, much like Crossed added Ky.  So the chapters with the original Matched narrator Cassia are now featured every 3 chapter, the other two alternating between Ky & Xander.  Now, I'll admit that Cassia & I didn't hit it off right away in Matched.  But once she did manage to grow on me, I enjoyed her quite a bit.  So I think my biggest let down for Reached is that I don't feel Cassia did much evolving in this one.  I was expecting BIG CHANGES all around but honestly, most of it played out in a fizzle.  I felt the same lack in Ky, which was always my favorite right from the beginning - but I think he was left worse off in this one.  Everything that I loved about him in the first 2 books seemed to be missing in him this time around...and he was reduced to just pinning for Cassia.  The addition of Xander as a narrator helped  - yes Xander is an easily likeable character but also things felt fresher during his chapters because his POV was a new addition.  I wonder if the need to add Xander inadvertently caused the lack in other areas of the story.  His chapters some of the best ones because there is more of an evolution with him. 

As far as the plot itself, like I alluded to earlier, the first half felt very slow to me.  I never had the feeling with the previous two books but I know a lot of readers did.  When I was able to read for longer periods of time, I did eventually get into the story, but it never left me desperately wanting more.  There was an awful lot of set up for a conclusion book and for a book dealing with a Rising, it really didn't hold up to other dystopian 'revolutions'.  I've always referred to The Matched series as dystopian-light but again my expectations when I think of a revolt did not match what we got.  The second half really picked up and if the entire book had read that way, I wouldn't be conflicted at all!  I read much quicker and felt compelled to keep reading.  There was much more going on, the tension was higher & there was finally some fuel to 'The Rising'.  I felt that at this point each POV featured had something fresh & new to offer and I was glad for it.  In the end though, I was somewhat satisfied with how things wrapped up...even though the lackluster first half lingered in my mind.

I guess looking back at the series as a whole that Reached is a fitting conclusion to the series.  A dyspopian-light trilogy deserves a ''light'' revolution & ending.  This may simply be a case of me outgrowing the series as a whole...who knows? All I know for sure is that unlike the two previous books, I struggled to get through this one. A lot. The ending did pick up but by then, I had lost a lot of my initial excitement.

13 comments:

  1. I pretty much felt the same way about this. I found it rather disappointing and had expected the Rising's revolt to be more dramatic. I felt like Cassia had grown a lot in Crossed but took some steps backward in Reached and was more like the Cassia from Matched, whom I didn't find all that compelling to read about. Great review, Micheline!

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    1. You're right Lee - it really was as if all the evolving Cassia went through in Crossed was gone in Reached & we were back to square one. I felt similarly about Ky who was always a highlight for me before... And yes the worst was the mundane revolt...ugh!

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  2. I'm looking forward to reading this one, because I liked the Matched and Crossed, though they didn't knock my socks off. Great review, I'll definitely see if I have the same feelings of the first half being slow!

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    1. Same here, I enjoyed Matched & Crossed well enough but they weren't amazing...I guess Reached just really fell flat for me. I'll be anxious to see what you think when you read it. I hope you'll enjoy it more than I did :)

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  3. I feel the same way, I am Currently reading Reached right now. I was so into this series after book one, I dont know what hapened but your right its been a little of a let down. - Katie @ Inkk

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    1. I enjoyed the previous books too - they weren't mind-blowing but light & fun. I was expecting Reached to have more of an impression on me but it ended up a letdown. I'll be eager to compare notes once you're finished!

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  4. It's too bad that this was a let down. I actually haven't even thought of reading this one since I didn't care for Crossed all that much. I mean obviously I want to know how it all ends, but I don't really want to invest the time into reading it lol!! Maybe I will eventually get to it.

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    1. See most people were like you: either turned off by Matched or Crossed. I enjoyed both at the time...I wonder if I still would now though!? haha Yeah anyways, I wish Reached could have ended the series with a bang.

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  6. I so have to read these books! Even if the ending is a downer I'm kind of curious what everyone is going on about. Seems like people love it or hate it, too! This author will likely be at BEA! You'll have to come meet her! :D

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    1. I'd be really curious to read your thoughts on this series though kinda scared too HAHA! You're right too - people definitely have strong feelings about the series either way! Honestly thought, Reached kind of put me off the whole series o.O

      Eeeeep BEA!! I wanna gooo :D

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  7. I don't read it now because I'm reading the book at the moment and I don't want to be spoilt hahahah ! I'm from Spain and I'm reading the book in english so it's a litter bit more difficult and I'm reading it slowly. When I have finished the book I will read your post! I invite you to read my blog but it's written in catalan! You can use the google translator if you want!

    Byeee ! I love Ally Condie's books and I love written!

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  8. Reached is a beautiful conclusion to the series, and I can't wait to see what else Condie has in store for her future work.

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