Reached (Matched Series)

Synopsis:

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.


The Phoenix’s Perspective

In this third and final installment of the Matched trilogy, we find the lives of the main characters still intertwined even though they are living in places far from one another.

As in the second book, the story continues to be told through chapters with alternating narrators and points of view. Xander, Ky and Cassia are each experiencing the effects of the Rising in their own way. They are slowly finding themselves through the changes and difficulties of the rebellion.

Xander is finding that love may still be an option in his life, even if it is not with Cassia. There are other things/people in his life that also make him happy. Ky is finding that his usual indifference does not really explain who he is inside.  Choosing a side and fighting for it, even if that side is simply Cassia, makes him a more vibrant person – more of a leader.  Cassia is finding that she does not just want to follow the rules.  She wants to create, she wants to remember, she wants to help others do the same.

When events begin to spin out of control, Xander, Ky and Cassia find themselves reunited. The Rising and those left of the Society are looking to them to help find a cure for the Plague that is killing everyone. As we follow the trio through this journey to the end of the book, they each begin to understand the choice(s) in their lives that they have made or need to make in order to be happy.

In the final pages of the book, the fog of confusion that was created at the beginning of the series is lifted. Cassia’s memory pushes through the many red tablets that she has been made to take over the course of the trilogy. We come full circle and finally understand how this all began.  After reading through the whole trilogy, I was very happy to have some sort of closure.  However, I found I was left with questions.

This entire journey was based on the impact that choice can have on a person and the life they lead. Was it choice that turned our characters into this better version of themselves? Were they always fated to end up on this journey together?  Or even more curious, was it a combination of fate and choice that really made everything happen?  How much of our lives are left to fate, to choice or to the combination of the two?


Would I add it to the library?

I would add this book to the collection. I definitely recommend reading the entire Matched trilogy.

 

Genre: Fiction – romance, sci-fi, dystopian, fantasy
ISBN: 9780142425992
Rating:  good

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