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Fear not, Matched fans! This review is SPOILER FREE!
When we last left the characters of Ally Condie’s Matched Trilogy, they were being pulled away from each other by their duties to the cause. Cassia made it to The Rising only to have them ship her back to Central to work for them inside The Society’s territory. Ky and Indie were kept at The Rising headquarters to work on different efforts. Xander, who is also part of the Rising unbeknownst to Cassia, was also undercover in The Society as a medic in Camas.
The novel finds them in similar places months after the end of Crossed. Thanks to the pleasing addition of Xander’s point-of-view, we learn that things have become increasingly complicated for Cassia and her two Matches as they try to fit the mold of their current circumstances with little, terse contact with one another. They are all waiting for The Rising go against the The Society so that they could be together again. But when The Rising’s attempts to take control end in unexpected chaos, Cassia, Ky, and Xander have much more to think about than their own desires.
As the lines blur between right and wrong blur, the characters we know and love will face major scrutiny from all sides. They must be tested beyond reason and forced to prove their loyalties, or else face horrific consequences.
Reached is equal parts adventure, medical drama, and self-discovery as all three characters discover what they mean to each other but also what they stand for as individuals. It’s quite beautiful to see each characters learn that there is more to life that The Society and The Rising. They learn the power of decision and become richer, more relatable characters than ever before. As usual, Ally Condie’s writing is captivating and poetic, though this time with a sharper, more urgent edge that very appropriately complements the plot.
We know there’s really only one major question fans want answered: Will you be happy with the ending? We think yes!
Ally does an amazing job rounding out all of the storylines, even for the minor characters, in a way that’s satisfying without being overbearing or overly-sentimental. There’s some particularly great twists and references that fans would never suspect that bring the trilogy full circle. There’s something for everyone to something for every reader to delight in and something for every reader to mourn, just as a good book should be!
Here’s the last in our month-long Quote of the Day series leading up to Reached! Tomorrow we will all be able to reach out and grab a copy of Ally Condie’s highly anticipated new novel!
We’ve got some other good news, too: We’ll be announcing that Matched contest TONIGHT and posting up our spoiler-free review of Reached TOMORROW! Keep your eyes peeled!
“I have a sense that we have not yet arrived, that we are still reaching. For each other. For who we are meant to be.“
The Official Matched Facebook page has been steadily releasing quotes from the last book in the Matched Trilogy, Reached!
With only nine days to go until the release of the penultimate book in the series, here are the latest quotes (some of which seem very juicy!):
“How many of them came in from the sky? I wonder. How many simply changed a set of clothes?” – page 94
“Indie falls back to walk with me. ‘You should jump,’ she says. “They all want you to do it.’” – page 130
“Ky holds out his hand to shake mine and we grip tightly, and I feel him press a piece of paper into my palm.” – page 145
“She moves to me. Her hand slides into my hair, her lips press against mine.” – page 187
“’Everyone has a currency,’ she says. ‘One of the most interesting ones is knowledge, when people want to know things, not possess them.’” – page 193
“And then without thinking I do touch her. I put my hand on her with my palm flat against the gone at the base of her neck and my fingers curving up into her hair.” – page 209
“We’re flying lower now, and I can see people looting and pushing against weak places in the fence. The barricade is about to be breached.” – page 213
“But the more time I spend running my fingers over it, the more I’m convinced it was carved with intent. I try to feel for more but I can’t stretch any farther while I’m strapped in.” – page 235
“She smiles. Then I know. She doesn’t think this is a trap, and Cassia’s here. That’s clear, even though nothing else is. Something’s wrong with me.” – page 256
“’It seemed your name was worth a second look. And when we looked again, there was a great deal to find.’ And now his voice is very cold.” – page 267
“He and I are talking and joking, using the same tone we did when we played at the game tables. One again Ky is going to lose and it’s not fair.” – page 281
“I should feel shock, I know. But it doesn’t matter. What matters is here, now, his eyes looking at me, my fingers holding on to him and touching earth.” – page 287
“I don’t even try to stop myself. I reach out and pull her close and she lets me. It feels good and for a moment I don’t say anything.” – page 297
“Their music sounds different up here than it did in the Burough, like it matters more. There aren’t many other sounds to cover it up, so you have to listen.” – page 302