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