Reached by Ally Condie
After leaving Society to desperately seek The Rising, and each other, Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. Cassia is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.
What would it feel like to be part of The Rising? How would it feel to find the cure for hundreds of sick people? These are the ideas challenged in Ally Condie’s book Reached, the last novel in a series that deals with true love, and what happens when a society will go to any lengths to find the cure for many of its sick residents. Set in an advanced, dystopian society, the novel tells the story of young adults who are challenged with finding a cure and finding out who their true love really is. Also, they are presented with a new leader, a leader that seems to be an anonymous person. While I enjoyed the entire book, I most enjoyed the themes, setting and unique vocabulary that it included.
I really enjoyed the challenging themes presented in the book, and I think some of these themes can relate to people in this world. For example, the three main characters in this novel are presented with the challenge of finding a cure for many of the society’s still people. They are introduced to many tough obstacles and several deaths along the way. As impossible and unbearable as that sounds, they find the cure and help save many of its people. Another example, is when yet again the novel focuses on the love triangle between Cassia, Ky and Xander. Cassia has to choose between Ky or Xander, but it might be easier than most of the readers think. In my opinion, the main theme of Reached is don’t let anything stop us from true happiness and always fight for what’s right.
The setting was a second element that I enjoyed in this novel. Like most dystopian novels, the setting is a city of the future. In this book, the setting was not just the society, but Reached had several settings within it. For example, The Rising was the main setting in this novel. The society is unraveled in the wake of a terrible plague that reminds everyone just what is really at the heart of the struggle. The story is framed with Xander and Ky both fighting on the side of The Rising to free the society, where both get to see the power of a force more destructive than any one could have ever imagined. In my perspective, The Rising was just a dark, sick and sometimes a scary place to be in. Although the settings were like this, I really enjoyed the settings and the various descriptions that it included.
The third element of the novel that I most enjoyed was the unique language and vocabulary of the novel. While the primary audience is young adult, the language in not dumbed down in any way. There is strong vocabulary and active description throughout the book. For example, “ You cannot change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all.” This is a direct quote from Cassia that explains change and courage. Another example, “There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.” This is another direct quote from Cassia and it is the last sentence of Reached. Also, Ally Condie has mentioned and/or quoted from several works of art such as Girl Fishing at San Vigilio, by John Singer Sargent and “ I Did Not Reach Thee” by Emily Dickinson. In my opinion, I liked how the novel was in Xander, Ky and Cassia’s point of view. Cassia and other characters of the book certainly have a unique use of vocabulary that stated both the themes and the setting of the book.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the novel, and I am sad to see that this is the last novel of the Matched trilogy. I recommend this book for teens who like action filled books about love, survival and futuristic settings. I don’t recommend this novel to readers who don’t like novels about romance, deaths and futuristic settings. Also, I would recommend this as a TENSE BOOK and I would give it four out of five stars. The characters are definitely strong people who can demonstrate that to us as readers. Through the use of strong and relatable themes, unusual setting and unique vocabulary, Ally Condie has created a winner in her book Reached.
Written by Cody Adkins