Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie



Title: Reached (Matched #3)
Author: Ally Condie
Publisher:  Penguin Group USA
Published: November 13, 2012
Purchase:  Amazon |  B&N

My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy.

After leaving Society and desperately searching for 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 has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.


In this gripping conclusion to the #1 "New York Times" bestselling Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.


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“I realize now how much courage it takes to choose the life you want, whatever that might be.”

Beautiful and breathtaking is how I describe the final installment in the Matched trilogy. Ally Condie delivers a spectacular ending to one of my favorite series. All of the components that make this trilogy so stunning are present, and fans of the first book will be very pleased to know that the element of danger is back, along with a new threat that results in a perilous race against the clock. The author’s beautiful, poetic writing; these beloved characters; and the magnificent imagery of places only previously mentioned in the first two books aid Reached in its exciting and thrilling conclusion .

“When I see him next, I’ll kiss him first. He’ll pull me so close that the poems I keep underneath my shirt, near my heart, will rustle, a sound so soft that only the two of us will hear. And the music of his heartbeat, his breathing, the cadence and timbre of his voice, will set me to singing.” 



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“And in that cold metal aisle, alone, I wanted him. I wanted his hands at my back and his lips speaking poems on mine and our journey to each other to be completed, the miles between us consumed and all distance closed.”

Nothing makes me happier than someone who is not afraid to go against the grain. Someone who doesn’t follow orders mindlessly, but questions what they’ve been taught and the rules that have been set by others. This is something that speaks to me on a personal level, and it is one of my favorite aspects of this trilogy: not doing what you’re supposed to because society dictates it, but choosing to go where your heart leads you, regardless of the consequences.

“I know that I’m not the only one doing these things, committing small acts of rebellion. There are people swimming against the current and shadows moving slowly in the deep. I have been the one looking up when something dark passed before the sun. And I have been the shadow itself, slipping along the place where earth and water meet the sky.”

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“‘Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’”

This was a bittersweet read with a satisfying ending.  I shed a few tears, but I really expected to bawl my eyes out through the entire story. Chapter 44 nearly broke me, but it was when I had finished the story and was reading the acknowledgements that I began to sob. After thanking all of the wonderful people who helped make her story possible, Ms. Condie writes: “And you, the reader, for taking this journey with Cassia, Ky, and Xander, and with me.”

And what an amazing journey it was. I feel as though I’m saying goodbye to wonderful, dear friends. Thank you, Ally Condie, for this gorgeous series. These books will always have a special place in my heart.

“There is ebb and flow. Leaving and coming. Flight and fall. Sing and silent. Reaching and reached.”
 


Matched (Matched, #1)Reached (Matched, #3)Crossed (Matched, #2)






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19 comments:

  1. I's so glad to hear this ended well for you! I love the quotes you have picked there, and your review makes me want to give this series another shot. I enjoyed Matched well enough but chose not to continue in the end. Maybe I need to reconsider. :)

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    1. Thank you, Sam. I know - there are so many mixed reviews of this series. It is so beautiful and so full of heart, I can't help but love every line of it. :D

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  2. Beautiful review, yet another series I must try to read.

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    1. Aww, thank you, Kimba! I hope you'll get a chance to read it and that you will love it as much as I do :)

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  3. I still haven't read Crossed! I heard so many mixed things about it I guess I was a little afraid. But now I can just read the two books with no wait and knowing it's a satisfying ending definitely has me anxious to continue and see what happens. Awesome review!

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    1. I LOVE coming into a series late so there's no waiting for the next book! :) Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Candace! I hope you will enjoy the series as much as I have!

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  4. Awww, that was such a lovely review! I read Matched, but didn't continue w/the series. You've given me good incentive.

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    1. Aww, thank you, Andrea! I know it's one a lot of people are on the fence about, but if you do decide to continue it, I hope you will love it, too!

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  5. Wonderful review! I haven't read this series, but have had it on my wish list for quite a while. I really want to get to it soon. I actually saw a commercial a couple of weeks ago on The Family Channel for this series. It really surprised me.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen! How exciting!! I haven't seen the commercial - thanks for sharing! I really think you'll like this series and will appreciate the beauty of her words. Can't wait for you to read it!

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  6. Can you believe I still need to start this series? I can't wait! Love that this one was so good. ;)
    ~Stephanie

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    1. Oh, Stephanie, I hope you can start it soon! It's so beautiful!

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  7. Beautiful review! Love the chosen quotes. I can't wait to finish reading this next week! Thanks!

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    1. Aww, thank you, Erika! This book is full of beautiful quotes - wish I could have shared them all ;) Hope you'll love this one as much as I did! :D

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  8. I'm so glad to know that once I actually do start this series, that it'll be worth it!

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    1. It was definitely worth it for me ;) Hope you enjoy!

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  9. *sigh* You always write the most gorgeous reviews and include such wonderful quotes, Michele. :) I love heartbreaking stories, so I reckon it's about time I start Matched soon. :)

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    1. Awww, Leanne! You just made my day! Readers have so many mixed feelings about these books, but I hope you will love them as much as I do. <3

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  10. awww it is always sad when an awesome series comes to an end. I really want to read these and now that they are all out, it is a good time. I bought the first one a while ago! Your review is lovely as always :) I'm running out of good adjectives to describe your reviews lol. I can't wait to read them and discuss them with you :)

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