Reviews for Reached


AudioFile Reviews 2013 February
Ally Condie concludes her dystopian Matched trilogy with REACHED. Cassia and Ky now find themselves part of the Rising even though it prevents them from being together. Cassia's role is to help the Rising within the Society while Ky needs to work from the outside. The love triangle between Cassia, Ky, and Xander comes to a conclusion, as does the characters' quest for freedom. Xander, voiced by Matt Burns, is the first-person narrator in REACHED. Burns's interpretation of Xander presents the character's charm and thoughts, both of which are important for the conclusion of Condie's trilogy. The smooth, lyrical dialogue spoken by Jack Riccobono, Kate Simses, and Burns works best in distinguishing the characters and dramatizing the emotion between them. D.Z. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2013 June

Gr 7 Up--The final volume (Dutton, 2012) of Condie's "Matched" trilogy centers on the Rising, an attempt to overthrow the Society's data-driven repression. With a cure on hand, those who work for the Rising introduce a new plague. In alternating chapters, Cassia, Ky, and Xandor, the three young protagonists connected by computer matches and personal feelings, relate divergent attempts to deal with a mutation morphing into a lethal epidemic. The Pilot, their elusive leader, arrives desperate for a cure just as a very sick Ky is recovering thanks to Xandor's latest medicine compound and Cassia's devoted care. The concluding volume also includes romantic threads, references to past turmoil, and dark revelations about who's behind the Rising. Narrators Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono, and Matt Burns each establish their characters' youthful energy, inner conflicts, sense of loss, and courageous choices. With a complicated plot and a multilayered back story, listeners should be familiar with the previous two volumes in this dystopian series in order to fully comprehend its conclusion.--Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT

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