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So I finally finished the Matched Trilogy with the final book Reached and I have to say that I found this to be a satisfying ending to the series.
 
At this point in the story Cassia, Ky and Indie have joined The Rising and along with Xander they have infiltrated the Society ( along with other members of The Rising). With the introduction of The Plague in the Society, The Rising has taken over and everything seems to be going smoothly.
 
That is of course, until the discovery of a mutated Plague that rocks the public’s faith in The Rising. With people dying in drives it is up to Cassia, Ky and Xander to find a cure and save the day before everything they worked so hard for will fall apart.
 
Doesn’t that sound interesting? Of course it does.
 
The best part about this book, as with the previous books, is the character relationships and writing. Unlike Crossed I felt like Xander, Cassia and Ky all had different and unique voices– this could be because each of them have very different feeling about The Rising.
 
I’ve always said that Condie had a way with words. The way things are described is lovely and I never once felt like it was overbearing or confusion.
 
Each character was really put through the ringer during this book. Hy and Cassia are apart for a fair amount of the book which frustrated me to no end. They spent most of second book apart and now they’re apart again! I was so mad. But, the relationships are still amazing. The friendship between Indie and Ky was lovely and one of my favorite parts of the book.
 
But the character who goes through the most the most is Xander. It was great to watch him go from someone who was so sure of himself, in what he knew and his role in things, and The Rising to someone who is lost, unsure and lonely all while trying to do right by everyone is just…it really made me feel for the guy. I just wanted Xander to be happy!
 
I won’t say too much more in fear of spoiling things, just know that I did enjoy this book. Less than the first but definitely more than the second.
 
I think fans of the series would enjoy this book, as I said I find it to be a satisfying ending. The whole series in emotion driven, so I feel like some parts of the plot can be silly– I giggled more than once during reading– but at the end I’d say that this series is all about the character relations and romance which it delivers on.
 
My Rating: 3.5/5

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Crossed, written by Ally Condie, is the second installment in the Matched Trilogy and continues the story of Cassia and Ky. It saddens me to say that this book did not live up to the expectations I had for it.
 
But before I talk about the problems I had with the book I’m going to talk the good things that are in the book.
 
I think that Condie is a pretty good word smith. The way she describes setting or how people are acting is vivid, though sometimes it can bog down the story. It was also nice to hear Ky’s voice in this book and learn more about his back story. The inclusion of new characters was a nice thought. I also like that the first page of this book is Dylan Thomas’ Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night.
 
Now for some of the problems I’ve found in this book.
 
Let’s start of with the plot. Part of me wants to say that there is no plot but I know that’s not true. There is a plot; a very slow-not-that-interesting plot.
 
The plot is basically Cassia and Ky trying to find each other in the Outer Provinces and then finding this rebellion. And that’s it. That is not enough to fill a 367 page book. Ky and Cassia don’t meet up until the book is more than half over! And nothing in that book is interesting enough to really hold the reader’s attention.
 
Now on to the characters! All of the new characters seem pretty hollow and one note. Though I was starting to like Vick. But over all they were lame, Eli added nothing and I got real tired of Indie really fast.
 
Also, Cassia and Ky have the exact same voice. Literally the exact same voice. Sometimes I forgot who was narrating the chapter.
 
So overall the book was boring and disappointing and the end made me mad. It was so hard to get through too.
 
My Rating: 2.5/5
 
This is honestly a little higher than I would actually give it because of the first book and because I don’t believe in skipping books in a series.

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Okay, so this is the second time I’ve read this book and I still love it!! My heart still raced, I sighed in anticipation and the end still got me railed up.
 
This is such a good book!
 
Okay, so the plot is this: Cassia Reyes has just turned 17 and in the Society that means she has to be Matched; a process where the Society calculates her perfect mate. In the beginning she is very excited, this is a new and important step in her future, and when it turns out that she’s Matched with her childhood friend, the smart and handsome Xander she couldn’t imagine a more perfect night. But later on when another face flashes across the Matching screen Cassia is forced to rethink her place in this “perfect” Society as she chooses the perfect Xander and the mysterious Ky.
 
Doesn’t that sound awesome?
 
As I started in my review of Crossed Condie is talented with words. The way she has Cassia describe things is interesting and vivid. And the way she has written this story makes it so hard to put the book down. You’re in suspense waiting for so many things to happen; you just have to know the answers! (Fun fact: When I first read this book I finished it in seven hours).
 
Since this whole book is told from Cassia’s perspective we don’t get that much deep detail about other characters; we see them how Cassia sees them. If she doesn’t like them then the reader doesn’t really like them either. Two examples I can think of right now are Xander and how you get a sense of how smart he is because Cassia (among other people) mention it multiple times. The other example is Ky (of course). The way Cassia talks about Ky’s balance, the way he moves and speaks; the reader falls in love with Ky because Cassia does.
 
This book is beautifully written and a real page turner that gets you excited for the second book (too bad the second book doesn’t live up to expectations.)
 
My Rating: 5/5

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