Reached


Title: Reached
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Series, book 3/3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: the Penguin Group
Release Date: November 13th, 2012

 
Note: This post reviews the third book of the Matched trilogy. You may like to read the first two books in the series, Matchedand Crossed, before reading this review.  
 
Cassia, Ky, and Xander are now a part of the Rising, the resistance group that has been moving in secret for many years. They are each assigned to different roles, which leads them in different directions.
The Rising emerges at the outbreak of the Plague, threatening the masses. They provide the cure – not the Society. But when an unforeseen mutation caused by the cure begins to develop, neither the Society or the Rising has a solution. It is up to Cassia, Ky, and Xander to search for a final cure themselves. Some are immune to this mutation – but not all.
 
This conclusion to the Matched trilogy was the most exciting of the three books. I liked the series as a whole, and recommend it to readers of dystopian fiction. 

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Crossed

Title: Crossed
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Series, book 2/3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: the Penguin Group
Release Date: November 1st, 2011

This post reviews the second book of the Matched trilogy. You may like to read the first book in the series, Matched, before reading this review. 

Cassia has been relocated to the Tana Province on a 3-month work assignment in the fields. When she sees her chance to escape from her own assignment, she takes it. She flees with one of the girls from her work group, Indie, in hopes of reaching the Outer Provinces to find Ky. Meanwhile, in the Outer Provinces, people are not lasting long. The Society is using its lowest members, the Aberrations and Anomalies, to fight in the war against the Enemy. Ky, among the Aberrations, escapes with two companions.

Both groups of runaways escape into the Carving, a great maze-like canyon in the middle of the desert, and accidentally find each other. Their new focus is to find the Rising, the resistance against the Society.

I really liked the change in points of view between Cassia and Ky. Not only does this make things more interesting, but we also get to see into the heart of Ky in a way that we couldn’t in book one. Crossed kept me interested, but the first half of the book was rather slow until Cassia and Ky finally met up.

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Matched

Title: Matched
Author: Ally Condie
Series: Matched Series, book 1/3
Genre: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, YA
Publisher: the Penguin Group

Release Date: November 30th, 2010

The Society in Matched is a highly controlled, analyzed civilization. Part of this analysis is the Matching system, where the Society chooses your spouse. When Cassia’s Match is revealed to be Xander, her best friend, she couldn’t be more pleased. But another match is revealed – Ky, someone she knows little about. This glitch is unheard of in Society. Is her Match Xander, or Ky?

Cassia unintentionally interacts more regularly with Ky. As they spend time together, trust develops and they share parts of themselves that no one else knows. They step into dangerous territory, not just in the all-controlling Society, but in their own hearts.

I enjoyed this book, though it was slow at times, and I’m excited to see where Cassia’s decisions take her in the next book in the series, Crossed.

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