Reached by Ally Condie book review

Reached book

Reached

Ally Condie

Dystopian Fiction/Romance

512 Pages

Finally, the conclusion of the Matched series! I was excited to get this book and finish the series to see how Ally Condie decided to end everything. I have to say, I was pleased overall. I believe I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, the whole series has kind of a Farhenheit 451 mixed with a Hunger Games feel to me, and I like it. I like that there is a message behind the novels as well as just the entertainment. This was a really fun series to read, especially if you are into the ever-growing popularity of dystopian scenarios.

The series began with Matched, where we just heard from Cassia’s point-of-view throughout the entire novel. Then came Crossed, where it switched back and forth between Cassia and Ky. In the conclusion, we get inside the minds of not only Cassia and Ky, but Xander as well, so the reader can know what they are all thinking and feeling. I was impressed with Condie’s ability to distinguish clearly between the characters in her series, keeping their feelings, tones, and ideas seperated completely and soundine like three different voices.

The Rising is finally set to take over in this novel, and makes the move to do so. The takeover goes smoothly; almost too smoothly. The Pilot assumes position as the leader and overseer of the people, helping them to get out of the mess that they are in. The characters in the book all seem to be struggling with where their allegiance lies; not necessarily to the Society over the Rising, but to their friends and what is truly right. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are apart from each other for much of the book, and facing struggles on their own.

Although there is a very obvious and, at times a problematic love triangle scenario, it is clear to see the connection between the three main characters. They are bound together and must act together in order to accomplish the greater good and do their part. It becomes more or less up to the trio to save the world, which is to be somewhat expected in a series like this. They all have an important role to play in which they need to come together to find a solution before all is lost. When they finally do all come together, there is both joy and sadness in their reunion. Cassia must finaly make her choice between Ky and Xander. The people need to choose between The Rising and The Society; between a sense of freedom or a feeling of oppression. This novel is a battle of the intellect and emotions.

There wasn’t as much action or adventure in this one as in the last installment, but it kept me thoroughly entertained and engaged until the end. I think that Condie did a great job of wrapping everything up in a pleasing way. It wasn’t the best ending to a series I’ve ever read, but it was put together nicely in a way that leaves hope for humanity and the future of mankind foloowing the conclusion. If you read the first two in the series, which I assume you did if you are reading this, I think you need to pick this one up and finish it off. Overall, I loved the series and if you are into this genre, I think that you will as well. It was a great job by Condie and I look forward to seeing what else she comes out with in the future.

Crossed by Ally Condie book review

Crossed book

Crossed

Ally Condie

Dystopian Fiction/Romance

367 Pages

 

This book, for me, took on an entirely different feel to it than did the first one, Matched. There is more excitement, danger, and adventure. Also, a big difference between the two books is that the narration gets split up evenly between Cassia and Ky, so we get to hear from both of their points of view. Ky has been sent away to the Outer Provinces and Cassia is on a seemingly impossible journey to find him. Separately, both Ky and Cassia make their way into a dangerous canyon where there are rumors of the rebellion being headquartered.

 

There is still a love story in this second novel, as well as Cassia still feeling torn between Xander and Ky, but it felt less prevalent to me than in Matched. There was more excitement and physical danger than was in the first book as well. The feel of this book changed a lot for me, because the setting was so different and the story was really maturing. We got to learn more about Ky’s past and also about other people we meet in the book, and see what it is like for them living under the Society’s rule. The rebellion, or at least the idea of one, really took a bigger spotlight in this book as Cassia desperately wants to find the source of it, almost as much as she wants to find Ky.

 

If you liked Matched, you definitely have to continue on with the trilogy. The love triangle continues, the uprising continues, and Condie’s writing is getting better. I’m excited to see how she ends the trilogy and if the third book will be as different from the second one as it was to the first. Again, this series shows the importance of literature and being able to make our own choices. This book serves as a warning as to what could happen if our choices and rights get taken away from us. Another book that I would recommend to anyone; there is nothing inappropriate or offensive in the novel, just a great read for anybody! I’m excited for the third book!

Matched book review

Matched book

Matched

Ally Condie

Dystopian Fiction/Romance

366 Pages

 

Cassia lives in a dystopian society where everything is decided for her. What/when to eat, what she studies, what she can be. And, who she will one day marry. When kids turn 17, if they ever want to be married, they have to choose the option of being Matched. Then they will one day enter into the arranged marriage that the Society has deemed perfect for them. I like reading books like this about an undisclosed dystopian future, because anything can happen. Also, the books always seem to serve as a warning of sorts. This book reminded me a lot of Fahrenheit 451, because there is a definite message of censorship to it as well. The Society has gotten rid of all books, music, and poetry except for the “hundred best” of each one. Conveniently, none of the chosen works talk about thinking for yourself, rebellion, or anything else that might serve to ignite any sort of uprising again the Society.

 

Cassia has a unique situation as she is Matched. A face other than her Match flashes in front of her and now she is left with a choice; to follow the society’s plan or to follow her own heart. This is definitely a love story, one that I think girls would enjoy, but it is one that I think guys will like reading as well. The story is just a fun one to read about, because it is also about rebellion and choice. Cassia doesn’t have a lot of options, because she has so little freedom, and the punishments for anything considered rebellious can be severe.

 

This is a trilogy, with the second book already out for a while and the third book released earlier this year. I can’t wait to finish the trilogy and find out what happens. If you have read Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, or even Twilight, I think you will enjoy this book. It is similar to the love triangle scenario that is prevalent in other books, but the underlying themes and messages in this novel make it an especially fun read. There’s no bad language or anything disturbing in this novel, and I would recommend it to anyone. My wife read it after me at my suggestion and loved it as well; it is currently her favorite book over Hunger Games, which I thought nothing would ever top for her. Check it out, I think you’ll enjoy it!