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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 number-one New York Times-best-selling 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.

©2012 Ally Condie (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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What Happened to the Series?

While I enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, I was disappointed in the conclusion. The plot about going still and finding the cure had potential. But Condie made it more of a subplot. The book was more about Zander's and Ky's love for Cassia. While it appeared that Zander experienced some growth throughout the series, Cassia remained nearly stagnant in that arena and Ky was a lovesick puppy all the way through. His whining was detestable and I couldn't stand listening to him. If I hadn't been driving when I listened to the book, I would have skipped all of his chapters. His contribution to the plot was nonexistent. The book could have carried on perfectly fine without him. I don't know how Cassia, portrayed as very intelligent, could have fallen for such a person. The "match" makes no sense.

Although I realize the book is dystopian in nature, and teens would mature a little faster, I think they sounded a little too old for their ages. The last 25% of the book was moralizing on the part of Cassia. It was as if Condie was reaching herself for a way to wind it up. Perhaps the entire tale would have been better as a two-book series.

I know readers who read the first two novels will feel compelled to buy the last one, but if you can stop yourselves from doing so, you'll save a valuable credit.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • Massachusetts, United States
  • 11-29-12

So disappointed!!!!!

What disappointed you about Reached?

It was very drawn out and quite boring. I really don't like how they threw in a relationship for Zander at the end. I had a very hard time getting through this book. It was nothing like the first one. I still would like to know who the "enemy" is.

What could Ally Condie have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Kept the story similar to the first book. This one had many sections that were way too convient and hard to believe. There were also questions that went unanswered. Overall, I am very disappointed.

How could the performance have been better?

The girl did great but Kye(not sure of the spelling) was pretty awful. By the end his voice was very irritating.

What character would you cut from Reached?

Zander's new girl. I believe her name is Layla. It felt like she was just added in at the end so everyone could have a happy ending.

Any additional comments?

This book manages to be drawn out and rushed at the same time. I can't even explain how that is possible.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anastasia
  • forest hills, NY, United States
  • 11-22-12

Disappointed ..most likely will return this book

What would have made Reached better?

Less predictable and More action

Any additional comments?

As I listened to this book , I experienced waves of nausea every time love for Cassia was mentioned (every 5 minutes). The book was very predictable and annoying. Thanks God for return program.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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a good 3rd book

Much better than book 2, and a nice way to end the series. Kate Simses rocks. Jack Riccobono as the character Ky is exhausting to listen to. I find myself rolling my eyes whenever he speaks. I think part of it is the performance and part of it is the character of Ky himself. There's only so much whining I can take.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Yawn!!

What would have made Reached better?

What wouldn't? Some action maybe. For better parts of the book nothing happens at all. I was just waiting for something to happen, but no. The outcome was as predicted as well, no news there. She chose the one I knew she'd choose, and all was well in the world. I can't believe that a trilogy with such a promising start had such an incredibly boring ending. The entire book lacks inspiration.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ally Condie again?

Hmm.. maybe? I loved the first book in this trilogy, so why not?

How did the narrator detract from the book?

All the narrators read in monotone voices, so that the already boring story got even more boring and tedious.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Great story

Would you try another book from Ally Condie and/or Jack Riccobono?

Yes, I would like to read more of this author.

Any additional comments?

Great stories, time went to planning and executing a great book. Highly recommend.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A bit of a disappointment...

I loved Matched and Crossed (the first two books in this trilogy). I couldn't wait for Reached to be published. Once I was able to listen to it, I felt let down. The story seems to drag on while we wait for the inevitable conclusion that happens at the very end. The narrators were wonderful though! I enjoyed their performances.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I loved it

Where does Reached rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best.

What did you like best about this story?

Cassia's love for Ky

Which scene was your favorite?

To many to write about. I loved this love story.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Cassia finely found Ky in the woods and he turned around and saw her

Any additional comments?

After three books I was sad to leave them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Hmm. Didn't care for it.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I liked the first two, but this one was like a train wreck. I couldn't stop listening, because I kept thinking something would happen that would pull me in. Nope!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • anne
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 12-26-12

Beautiful Ending...

If you could sum up Reached in three words, what would they be?

Sweet, Tragic, Beautiful

What was one of the most memorable moments of Reached?

The Ending for Xander....he deserved it...and his part was played perfectly...

What about Jack Riccobono’s performance did you like?

Jack was OK...I do like Ky, but it was played with such angst, and was a little annoying at times.... But he ended on a good note, so it was still decent,,,

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Reach, Reaching, Reached!

Any additional comments?

The beginning of this book was sooooo slow! But it picked up in the middle, and the end was just WOW! I cried, it was beautiful and wrapped things up decently...I do think there is room for #4!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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