Release Date: November 2012
Publisher: Penguin | Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 512 pages
Source & Format: Gift; Kindle ebook
Series: Matched #3
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Summary (from Goodreads)
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.
Thoughts on Reached
I really enjoyed Matched, but I was then really disappointed by Crossed. I'd found it long, slow and mostly boring. After a fun beginning, I hated that the second book was such a letdown.
When Reached was finally released, I asked for it as a Christmas gift. Even though I hadn't loved each book, I knew that I wanted to finish the series. Since I had such mixed feelings on the series at that point, I let this book just on my Kindle for months. I kept intending to read it, but I just couldn't bring myself to actually do it.
I'm so glad I put it on my goals list for the Summer Series Challenge because that finally gave me the push I needed to read it! Once I started, I actually finished this book in two days. Thankfully, I definitely thought this was an improvement over the second book.
Like the previous book, this book uses alternating perspectives. This time, however, it's actually Ky, Cassia and Xander. All three tell the story from their point-of-view. While I found it annoying in the last book, I thought the concept worked much better in this one. I still had to pay close attention to which section I was reading (so there wasn't always a clear "voice" for me), but I did think that it helped the pacing of the book.
A large part of Reached focuses on The Rising. Events are set into motion in Reached - so the pacing was better than in Matched. I thought the book moved much more quickly than I'd expected. Part of the action involves medical concepts. I found the details a little tedious at certain points, but it didn't detract too significantly from the rest of the book.
I wasn't entirely surprised by the resolution of the love triangle, but I did think it was one of the weakest aspects of this series. It always felt like that had been thrown in for a little added drama, so I still wasn't a huge fan of it in this one. However, each of the three characters has their own storyline in this one, so it was nice that the guys weren't there solely for the love triangle. I enjoyed that everyone got their own story that was resolved by the end of the book.
I think that part of the reason I enjoyed Reached was due to the fact that, sadly, I went in with such low expectations after Matched. Expecting to hate this one, I was pleasantly surprised and thought it was a good conclusion to this series. Did I love the series? Not really. But I'm glad I read Reached and finished it off.
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