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Reviewer: Melissa on June 21, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
You’ve read and loved Matched and Crossed, but now its time for a reckoning: Reached by Ally Condie is the time when all will be sorted. Cassia’s journey began with a mistake, a momentary glitch in an otherwise perfect facade of the Society. Now that she’s crossed canyons to break free from the hold the Society has on her, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for what awaits her in the final chapter. She won’t need to wait any longer. As one young woman has raged against the Society that has threatened to keep her away from everything that matters most – family, love, choice – the quiet revolution she began in book one is ready to transform into a full-scale rebellion. In the final chapter of the Matched Trilogy, Cassia, Ky, and Xander are back to save the one thing that has always been denied them – the power to choose for themselves.
While I was reading Crossed and luxuriating in the alternating narratives of Cassia and Ky, one question occurred to me, will Reached give readers the chance to experience Xander’s perspective for the first time? I didn’t have to wait long to find out. In fact, the first chapter and every third one thereafter are written in the voice of Xander, followed by Cassia’s, and then Ky’s. Even though I had an understanding of who Xander was before this novel, getting an inside look into who he is, how he thinks, and what he does brought him to life in a whole new way. He’s an Official in the medical community, and he goes – door to door – with two other Officials to give one-week olds their disease-proofing tablets for Welcoming Day, one of the three most important ceremonies in the Society. Except he’s really part of the Rising, the group of people resisting the Society’s hold on its people, which at times caused me to consider being Team Xander, rather than Team Ky.
Everything in the two previous books have led to this one – when the Rising will take control and the Pilot, the Rising’s leader, will tell those within the resistance what they need to do. What I loved about Reached, however, is that not everything is as black and white as both the Society and the Rising would have their followers believe. In this way, Condie offers a sense of realism taken from several examples of political takeovers around the world, where those who subscribed to the resistance party may later come to question whether anything really changed when the power changed hands. Without a doubt, it’s going to get worse before it gets better, so brace yourself, because Condie isn’t above putting any one of our favorite characters in the line of danger.
As in Crossed, there will be new characters, new allegiances, and new roles for the main characters. Moreover, it was only with this novel that I came to see just how pervasive the symbolism of the colors green, blue, and red – the colors that represent the three different pills each adult in the Society carries on their person – are as well as how even these pervasive symbols can be resisted and bypassed. I even came up with a theory about why those specific colors would’ve been chosen by Condie in the first place, which may or may not be correct. My thought is that in a world like the Society, where screens have been prioritized over paper, it would make sense for the central colors controlling the people would be green, blue, and red. Why? Because red, green, and blue (RGB) are the primary colors in screen-based graphics as opposed to the primary red, blue, and yellow in art or cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK) in print-based graphics. Make sense? Moreover, any questions that were brought up in book one and two will be answered at some point in this novel because Condie doesn’t leave any plot threads hanging, but trust me when I say that it’s not tied up in a predictable bow.
Whether you’ve read the rest of the series already or haven’t even started Matched, pick up Reached because trust me – you’ll want to read this book. Probably in quick succession after Matched and Crossed.
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