Ally Condie

Book Review: Reached


Reached by Ally Condie (Matched #3) – Paperback, 512 pages – Published November 30th 2012 by Penguin

So Reached is the final novel in the Matched series, written by Ally Condie. It’s by far the longest of the three, which can be a little off-putting to some readers. However, I managed to get through it all and enjoyed it a lot!

In this novel, the Rising finally comes into power, overtaking the Society. Cassia, Ky and Xander each play their individual parts, whilst trying to find one another again.

The Plague, designed for the Enemy, infiltrates the water of the Society, leaving thousands of people still. The Rising has a cure, and quickly gets to work curing everybody. Until an unexpected mutation develops, leaving people uncurable and even dead.

The three young people are finally reunited when the Pilot, leader of the Rising, gathers them together to begin creating a cure for this new Plague. But will they do it in time?

I’ve actually really enjoyed this trilogy. I know some people aren’t so keen on it, and I wasn’t sure how interesting this last book would be. I expected it to be a bit dragged on as it’s so long, but I didn’t find myself bored whilst reading it at all.

The love triangle between Cassia, Ky and Xander is finally brought to an end at the end of this novel. It’s nice how everyone ends up happy, and although they separate again everything is good.

They all play very important roles throughout the Rising’s takeover, and the hunt for the new cure. The book is written alternately from each main character’s point of view, giving us an insight on everything that’s happening with each person.

Condie seems to have a very unique writing style. It’s very to-the-point, yet expressive and romantic. I really like her writing, and I applaud her for writing such a long book without losing the interest of the readers.

So basically I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It’s a nice conclusion to the trilogy, leaving room for the imagination after the last page. Everything sort of works itself out, and although there are tons of losses and problems, the characters all find a sense of peace at last. 4 stars!


Book Review: Crossed

Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2) - Paperback,  367 pages - Published June 7th 2012 by Penguin

Crossed by Ally Condie (Matched #2) – Paperback, 367 pages – Published June 7th 2012 by Penguin

I’m going to have to keep this relatively short, but if you want to read my review of the first book in the series, it’s here.

Crossed follows Cassia and Ky after their separation, alternating between each character’s point of view. This gives the reader a decent insight into both character’s thoughts and stories throughout the entire book.

The couple are each sent to a village in the outer provinces, where the Enemy attacks regularly and they are supplied with no working weapons. They then venture into the Carving – a vast maze of caverns and canyons – in search for each other, accompanied by people they have befriended along the way.

They search for the farmers, and come across an abandoned settlement where they collect food and maps. But after entering the Cavern and disturbing the contents, the Society begins to hunt for them. Desperate to escape, Cassia decides to flee the Carving and search for the Rising; a group rebelling against the ways of the Society.

The plot of this book sounds simple, but there are numerous sub-plots that make it an exciting, interesting read. Cassia is confused about her feelings for Ky and Xander, Ky is keeping secrets, and they can’t agree on whether to join the Rising or not. I think I liked this sequel a little more than Matched; 4 stars for Crossed by Ally Condie.