On My Bookshelf: Reached by Ally Condie

September 25, 2017

In Reached, the third book in the Matched trilogy, the action picks back up after a slow second installment. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are all working for the Rising, but in separate roles. Cassia is undercover, still working as a sorter, Xander is also undercover, still working in the medical field, while Ky is working directly with the rebellion as a pilot. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.
The basic plot from Amazon: Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.

The wait is over.

One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion. As an incurable plague sweeps through the Society, Cassia races to save both the lives and freedom of those she loves. With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

Why I liked it: In Reached, the third book in the Matched trilogy, the action picks back up after a slow second installment. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are all working for the Rising, but in separate roles. Cassia is undercover, still working as a sorter, Xander is also undercover, still working in the medical field, while Ky is working directly with the rebellion as a pilot. While Crossed only focused on Ky and Cassia's perspectives, Reached also brings in Xander's point of view which breaks up some of the lovey dovey gushing in Crossed.
In Reached, the third book in the Matched trilogy, the action picks back up after a slow second installment. Cassia, Ky, and Xander are all working for the Rising, but in separate roles. Cassia is undercover, still working as a sorter, Xander is also undercover, still working in the medical field, while Ky is working directly with the rebellion as a pilot. Read on for more of my review and ideas for classroom application.

As a plague spreads within Society, the Rising is able to take over with little resistance and offers a cure. Complications arise when the plague mutates and the Rising needs to find a new cure. The Pilot, the leader of the Rising, calls in Cassia, Ky, and Xander for their help in finding the new cure as he believes the three hold a greater power and purpose. There are some tense moments on the mission, but in the end they are successful.


Classroom application: Just like Matched and Crossed, I appreciated that Reached was "clean" and truly appropriate for a middle school or high school classroom library (no sexual content or heavy violence).

Cassia, Ky, and Xander's participation in the Rising could be compared to work done by spies or resistance groups during real wars. The spread of the plague and the power of providing a cure for it could be connected to the idea of biomedical warfare. Students could research the likelihood of an attack occurring and the effects that kind of event might have.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Reached for yourself, you can find it on Amazon here.

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