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Review: Reached by Ally Condie

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.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

My thoughts

I'm not going to lie. This book wasn't what I'd hoped it'd be.

I loved matched. I loved the three main characters, the world they lived in and after finishing that book I was desperate for more. Then I got crossed. Crossed I did not enjoy at all but again I just thought that maybe it suffered from being the middle book in a series and held out hope for the final instalment. However I did not get the story I had hoped for.

For me the biggest disappointment about this book was that I spent a huge amount of time bored and waiting for something to happen and it never actually did. It was all plague plague plague and then it just stopped. I got to the point about 400 pages in where I wanted everyone in the book to die just so I didn't have to continue reading it. I didn't feel like I connected to any of the characters like I did in previous books and found all the three voices too similar meaning I lost track of who was speaking. The end is described in various places online as being bittersweet and I really just didn't care by the time I got to it. I did like that Cassia seemed to have a bit more backbone in this book and I liked the Xander more than I did in book two but even so I was left feeling let down. I wanted to know more about the rising and I never felt once throughout the story like I knew what was going on.

A real let down for me. I was hoping for so much more and unfortunately it didn't deliver.