What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Reached by Ally Condie

I've loved this series, and have been preparing myself for the end since I finished Crossed. Then, once it was here, I almost didn't want to start, because I wasn't ready to let these characters go! Anyone else every feel like that about a series? Oh, I'm going to warn you off this review if you haven't read Matched or Crossed. I won't spoil the end, but it's hard to talk about it without discussing things that happened in the previous two books!

Here's the summary from Goodreads: 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.

What I Liked: 1) How Cassia and Ky's relationship has changed. They have both grown up so much from what they were and knew in Matched, and it's made their relationship very mature, and I have loved watching that. It happened gradually, especially since they spend so little time together, but I really noticed the changes in Reached. 2) There is an all around maturity that I found in this book. I'm not just talking about the characters, but in the story itself. The plot advances with perfect pacing, and the situations that the characters encounter...there is just a maturity to all of it that I notice is missing in some YA books. It appeals to the adult in me, I guess. 3) Xander. I've always been a Xander fan. That's one of the hardest things about this series is that it seems that there is only one thing that will make both Ky and Xander happy, but they obviously can't both get it, so one of them will have to be unhappy. That breaks my heart. But I really loved getting parts of this story from Xander's perspective. Everything up until now has been Cassia's perspective of him, or Ky's. But there was a lot going on under the surface that you never really knew about until Reached, when we the story was switching between Cassia, Ky and Xander's POVs. 4) The ending. I was so thankful for the way this ended. It was perfect for the storyline. There was no big build up and then crash down to the ground. Enough of the twists were resolved to make everything end satisfyingly, but also open-ended enough to give the reader a sense that these lives in this world go on, no matter if we are reading about it or not. I love it when a book ends on a note like that.

What I Didn't Like: Nothing!

Overall Thoughts: Ally Condie is one of my favorite authors, despite this series being the only books of hers that I have read. If everything else she writes has this level of intrigue and maturity, then I will always read stuff that she writes. The Matched series is one with romance, action, a great setting, and a battle of good versus evil that sparks a lot of thought about just what is right and what is wrong. If you haven't begun this series yet, I'd definitely recommend reading it. If you've enjoyed it so far but haven't yet read Reached, then don't hesitate! It holds up to the high standard set forth by Matched and Crossed, and ends on a very satisfying note!

My Rating: 5 shots

6 comments:

  1. I'm going to see Ally Condie tonight! I can't wait to read this.

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    1. I saw that she was back in TX! I hope it was awesome! I'm kind of jealous that Reached wasn't out back when she was here for ATBF, because I would have loved to hear some of her thoughts on it!

      Courtney

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  2. I have this book and cannot wait to read it!!! Your review makes me want to start it now. =) Xander's POV should be interesting. I've been wondering what his role is in this whole story...especially after what we learned in Crossed.

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    1. I couldn't wait to start it, honestly! I feel like I am so connected to these characters! And she does a great job wrapping everything up, so I know her fans won't be disappointed! I hope you enjoy it!

      Courtney

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  3. I'm glad that you enjoyed this. I will eventually get around to it, but I really didn't enjoy Crossed all that much so I'm in no rush. I am glad that it ends will though. Great review!

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  4. I'm reading this right now! The addition of Xander's POV is what I like most so far, but I wish that the voice of each character were a bit more distinct. I feel like they kind of all blend together :-\ But I'm still loving the story!

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