Reached - Ally Condie
"You can not change your journey if you are unwilling to move at all."
My feelings about Reached can be summed up in just one word.
Conflicted: Opposition between two simultaneous but incompatible wishes or drives, sometimes leading to a state of emotional tension and thought to be responsible for neuroses.
I think I got my hopes up too high for the last installment in the Matched trilogy. I'd love to say that I wasn't disappointed, but I was. I really enjoyed Matched, was happy with Crossed, but Reached... it just didn't reach me. Ally Condie is a fabulous writer, but it feels like she got bored with this series and had nothing left to put into it. For me, Reached was very slow, and very wordy.
I liked the multiple points of view, however... the only character that made any impression on me is Xander. Ky doesn't really make much of an appearance in this installment... [Go figure, based on Crossed.] As for Cassia, I just couldn't connect with her. I also liked that Indie had a little more of a role in this book. I also enjoyed the parts that weren't within the Provinces. The camp outside the outer Provinces was probably my favorite part of the book.
Don't get me wrong, I liked Reached, it was a good conclusion to the series, but I just think Ally Condie could have got to the point a lot faster. An over abundance of information, just left me feeling like it was a chore to finish the book. In Matched and Crossed I was pretty sure who I sided with for the love interest for Cassia. Reached totally got me thinking again though. Again, the word Conflicted comes into play.
Writing a review for this is kinda hard, without spoilers. I really love Ally Condie's writing style, and Reached is just as well written as her first two novels, if not better written. I want to give it a better review, but if I'm to be honest... I can't. A lot of elements came into play in the first two novels, and the action in them was great. Reached was lacking in that department. I hope that others don't feel the same as I do about this novel, and can enjoy he ending of this series. I'm not sure if I'm more disappointed with the BOOK or with MYSELF for not liking it. Again... CONFLICTED!