Book Review: Reached by Ally Condie (Matched Trilogy)

ReachedReached by Ally Condie, (book 3 in the Matched trilogy)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

oh em gee, this book! This book was just terrible. And maybe it’s because I’m generally not a huge fan of poetry, but it seemed to me that the characters in this story spent crazy amounts of time spouting off poetry instead of concentrating on the fact that there are Serious Things Happening! At the end of the day, my nature insisted that I finish reading this series since I had enjoyed the first book, and suffered through the second one. But honestly, I spend most of Reached just begging them to get to the point already! There was entirely too much repeating of things that happened in the past than I cared to read. Whole paragraphs telling us things that we already know, that we know the characters already know because they just finished waxing poetic on it two chapters ago! Let me just finish by saying as much as I liked the premise of the story, this author just didn’t do it for me. More teenage angst than I care to have all rolled up into one book. I’m glad I read it, but I’m glad it’s over.

I was also disappointed in how the author chose to handle so many of the plot points. The love triangle was predictable, as love triangles tend to be. The time jumps in the story were disorienting and at times confusing. The fact that these three characters were the linchpin in finding the cure for the plague was contrived and unbelievable. You can’t tell me that three teenagers were able to figure out the mystery that people working on the solution for decades couldn’t figure out. I also found it unbelievable that the heroine was immune to falling ill even though she didn’t have the same route to immunity that all the other immune people had. Such a lucky girl! And then the idea that the society was running the rebellion all along? Boy, those rebels sure did give up without a fight before the story even started didn’t they?

I could go on and on, like the story, but I won’t.

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