Author: Ally Condie
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Futuristic/Dystopian Fiction
Series: Matched, book three
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: The final novel of the Matched trilogy, Reached offers just as many twists, turns, and surprises as its predecessors, as well as a satisfying payoff.
Reached begins with Cassia in Central, Ky flying airships in the Outer Provinces, and Xander working to become a licensed medic in the same city as Cassia. The novel flies, what with all three of them narrating events. I don't want to say too much, so as to give anything much away. The story progresses with a sudden virus called The Plague making its way into The Society, leaving hysteria and death in its wake. No one seems to know what to do, that is, until something called The Rising steps in, apparently with the cure to the disease that is killing people. But soon, the virus begins to mutate, and once again, people begin to die in rapid waves. In a panic, The Society can no longer contain the epidemic of the disease, and neither can the Rising.
Cassia, Xander, and Ky are all reunited, under the mysterious Pilot's direction, and locked up, seen as traitors and spies against the very cause they have fought for. Soon, the three of them are all sent spiraling into a war that seems so much more subtle than one against The Society, forced against the wall by the Pilot's urgency. They do eventually find a cure, but with a great cost. The entire time this is happening, Ky, Xander, and Cassia are forced to deal with the love triangle still lingering between them. Overall, I loved this book and I wouldn't have had it end any other way. The entire series is worth reading, but this is my favorite installment of all of them.