Published November 13th 2012 by Penguin
Cassia is back amongst the Society, living in Central and working as a sorter.
Ky is flying ships for the Rising, based in Camas.
Xander is also in Camas. He is an Official, who helps perform the Welcoming Ceremony for newborn babies.
All three are a part of the Rising, and all three are waiting for the mysterious Pilot to reveal him/herself. Soon, the Rebellion will start. Soon, the Society will fall.
But a strange virus is spreading throughout the population. The Rising thinks they have everything under control. But things are going to get a lot worse before they get better.
Wow. Reached was great. This trilogy just kept mutating and turning into something completely unexpected. The first book: dystopia. The second book: journey. The third book: rebellion/revolution/outbreak thriller. Each book is quite different in pace and setting, but they all have their good points.
This time, the point of view is split into three. Not only do Ky and Cassia have their say, but now Xander does too! It was pretty easy to distinguish between characters as I was reading. It helps that they all have pretty different settings and focuses throughout the whole book. Ky’s your action guy, Xander is on the medical scene and Cassia mostly sees things from the average citizens point of view – plus she hangs out with the Archivists a bit.
I do like all of the characters. I think that Xander’s voice really added a lot to this story. I didn’t realise how much I liked him before Reached.
Usually I can easily pick a ‘team’ when it comes to love triangles, but I found it hard to decide who I’d rather see get the girl in this case. The obvious choice is Ky – if it’s not him, then why did we need a whole book about Cassia finding him in the wilderness?? But I could never quite shut the door on Xander. If I had to choose, then I would probably pick him. Yeah, this gal is definitely ‘Team Xander’. That guy deserves a happy ending.
It’s always good to read a whole trilogy/series in a row like I have here because you pick up on all those little threads from previous novels that have been woven together to create the final picture. Ally Condie managed this nicely.
If you got as far as Crossed and gave up on this trilogy (I’d totally understand if you did), then you should definitely read Reached. It’s much faster paced and has a lot more going on. It’s exciting and thrilling, at times. Especially continue on if you enjoy reading about viruses and outbreaks and stuff, because this is very much a ‘race to a cure’ kind of book.
My Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads Rating: 3.60/5