Reached, Review

19 Mar

*We closed early due to snow yesterday, so here is the “Monday” Book Review!*

Reached by Ally Condie (Matched, Book 3)

Plot: Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over. One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion as she, Ky, and Xander return to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long: the power to choose.
I had really been looking forward to the conclusion of this series.  I wanted to
see how things played out.  Would Ky and Cassia run from society?  Was there any
chance that Cassia might choose Xander instead of Ky?  How was working for the
Rising going to work out for them?  How were they going to be used and for what
purposes?  Where was Indie going to fit and and would they find their
families?

The chapters alternated between Cassia, Xander and Ky so that
the story was told from all of their points of view, but I think I was most
focused on Cassia’s life and how the other two were playing into hers.  For a
large part of the book all three of them are kept apart, by being in different
places and districts and they do not have the opportunity to communicate.  Even
though the Rising manages to take the Society over, things do not change very
much and secrecy is still the norm.

A large issue in the book were the plagues. For many years the Society was using the water of their enemy to poison them, having created a cure for the plague for themselves, but releasing something like that out into the environment was riskier than they anticipated and the repercussions of it were much more than they predicted.  We do this all the time, let substances go into the ground or into groundwater without having a clear understanding of what might happen down the line which we see again and again.

I wasn’t sure how I would feel about the end of the series, but I was satisfied with the ending and the way it wrapped things up. It wasn’t all tied up with a pretty bow, but you can see the direction the three of them are moving in and their society as a whole and hope that things are on track for a better future for all.

Would you recommend this book? Yes.

4 stars

–Jill

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