Reached by Ally Condie (Matched Series #3) Review

reachedOkay, so my last blog post was quite pessimistic about this series.

I was this <—–> close to actually throwing the whole series out and not caring about finishing it but, I did. I have all three books and I know its very materialistic of me but I liked the way they looked on my shelf, so I decided to give it a go and if I couldn’t stand 3 chapters in I would throw them all out and not care.

So, I guess you’re all waiting with bated breath. Or not. I don’t really mind.

But anyways, this book was decent. I mean…as decent as you could get with this series. I did end up finishing it, mainly for the Xander storyline.

I came up with the conclusion that I strongly dislike Ky and Cassia. I don’t even know how to explain it.

Actually, let me take that back I can. There is no connection between them, they are basically characters that had no communication until one point in the Matched book where they kind of had to and then all of a sudden BAM they are in love and together forever. It’s as if Ally Condie couldn’t be bothered to create a sustainable relationship that grows and blossoms naturally, she just had to go with the typical YA stalker style romance (the i-saw-you-from-across-the-room-and-now-i-must-love-you-and-only-you-forever romance).

This is the third book in the series and if you haven’t read the series…I wouldn’t suggest it. Just don’t bother, stick with another series that is more sustainable and supportable.

Here is the blurb for the book:

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.

Review:

This book, like Crossed, was flat, unimaginative and told in the exact same style throughout. The characters all blended together and sounded almost monotone. Even Xander, who we finally heard from, sounded EXACTLY THE SAME.

The story line was typical and quite tiresome at times. The new characters that were introduced weren’t that interesting as they were very two dimensional. There was no depth or sense of different mannerisms that you see in great pieces of literature. I couldn’t connect to anyone.

The one part of this book I sort of enjoyed was the creation of the Gallery. That one part of the story where the people started singing and dancing was beautiful. I felt the actual emotion of these people who have been trapped inside their own prisons, pour their souls out into their creations.

That, I guess, is my one point I wanted to say about this book. Things actually started happening and occurring around them and there was at least a bit of drama. The Ky illness storyline was something that was interesting to read as well as Xander’s adventures with his own storyline developing and then meeting up with Cassia and Ky.

Indie, was my most disliked character of this series. There was no likability for her. She just kept wrecking everything up and I think that weak attempt of having a “relationship” with Ky after having been obsessed with Xander. Also the fact Xander has a thing with Vick’s past relationship was just…unnecessary. If the author thought she was being clever, and brilliant…she really wasn’t.

Oker was kind of compelling to read about. But, he was going to die at any moment so the whole suspense of what the cure is was kind of irrelevant because I could predict the whole thing.

The Pilot ended up also being kind of a let down. I thought Ally Condie was going to do the whole Ky’s father is actually alive story…but she didn’t and it was that whole “everyone is a leader” cliche line.

AND THAT ENDING. This was literally another Delirium series where the ending is so ambiguous, I will never know what will happen.

Characters: 6 points
Language/Style: 6 points
Story: 4 points
Plot: 5 points

Giving this book a total of 21 points out of 40 points.

1 point over 50 %. Not really that decent.

This is definitely not a series I’m going to start recommending to people as I felt that even though the first book was decent, together as a series it fell flat on it’s face. I could almost feel the author’s boredom or even disinterest with this world and story she had started and to be honest, if you’re not that passionate with the story you are trying to tell and create, don’t try to finish it…even if you get money in the end because your reputation doesn’t deserve to be battered because of it.

Favorite Part: “In a story, you can turn to the front and begin again and everyone lives once more. That doesn’t work in real life.”

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