Reached brings the Matched trilogy to its conclusion. I loved the first two books a lot so naturally I was very nervous to be entering in on the final part in its journey. What I found was a book worth my time with characters so wonderfully developed that it brings the “love triangle” to a close in the most natural organic way I think I’ve ever read before.
Everything has been leading up to this moment, the moment when the Society will be overthrown. Our three characters are separated when the Rising finally takes place. What’s really cool about this is that we get to see three totally different views on the uprising. Three different regions, three different people doing three different jobs. I loved it! My only complaint that I have with this is…what was Cassia doing the entire time? The two boys both had jobs assigned to them by the Rising, but Cassia spends a lot of time doing something I am pretty certain was not officially sanctioned. That just seemed odd to me.
Right away I knew there was something off about the plague…but it turned out that the book didn’t go as sinister as I was thinking in my head which was totally cool. I honestly thought for a very long time that the Rising was actually the Society and that the Society was trying to kill most of its people in a purge…yeah…not entirely what happened.
I really enjoyed Xander’s story and felt like he was really the shining star. I feel like between the three of them, Xander has the most growth in his person and in his storyline.
He sees first hand every single day the effects the plague has on people. Cassia introduces people to creative thinking, or at least gives them a venue where they can display it, and Ky flies the medicine in and out of place, but Xander is really the one on the front lines. That, to me, has got to be the hardest job, especially when the plague mutates.
I won’t spoil how the “love triangle” is dealt with, but I truly feel like the three of them don’t even have a real triangle. It’s always obvious and true that Cassia loves Ky, she loves Xander too, but not in the same way. I think all of the characters know it including Xander, even if he doesn’t want to admit it to himself. In some other books I have read one of the guys literally dies in order to force the girls hand or the guy does some terrible out of character act that makes the girl finally see what choice she needs to make. I was so happy this book did not do that and instead focused on more realistic, natural ways to bring that to a close.
Overall I really enjoyed this book!