This is the third book in the Matched trilogy, a series I have a long and complicated history with, that those of you who knew me over the last few years already know, and which I don’t care to recap publicly again. I really enjoyed the first book in the series, Matched, and reading it helped me come to peace with the situation referred to above, as well as meeting the author and having a long talk with her online and in person in 2010. The second book of the series, Crossed, didn’t work as well for me, and didn’t leave much of an impression on my memory. That made reading this third book, Reached, a very interesting experience, because going into it, I couldn’t remember many of the situations and characters that only appeared during Crossed (people like Indie, for instance).
Besides the small amount of disorientation re: situations/characters, though, I thought Reached was much better than Crossed. It held my interest from the very beginning of the book, and I read it all in a single day. It felt as strong as Matched did, though it also held some of the same weaknesses as well. There were places I felt didn’t go as deep into emotions/situations/history as it could have, and places that felt too neatly wrapped up. Those are my main complaints. However, I’ve always viewed this series as more “dystopia lite” rather than true, heavy dystopia (1984, the Hunger Games series, The Unit, etc), and so the not-so-deep and too-neat sections really fit the series. I can’t complain about them too much.
I can’t say much more than this without getting too personal, and/or becoming biased in a way that would be inappropriate for a review. I appreciate this series for what it is, and I have a lot of respect for the author after my interactions with her. The Matched series was solid without pulling too many heartstrings, a little weaker in the middle but strong at the beginning and finish. Oh, and I love all the cover art. That’s all.