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"I realize now how much courage it takes to choose the life you want, whatever that might be." —Reached
Matched Trilogy #3
by Ally Condie
AR Test, Good for Reluctant Readers
The Rising was supposed to be the answer. It was supposed to be the cure for the Society’s ills. It was supposed to bring Cassia, Xander, and Ky choice. But so far, all the Rising has brought the Society is a deadly plague that has the power to kill millions.
Cassia still seeks to find her way back to Ky. However, her main goal is to show others that they have something of worth—the ability to paint, to sing, or to write. As Cassie tries to find her way back to Ky, she struggles to know who to trust.
Xander is quarantined in a hospital, trying to treat those affected by the plague as well as trying to help find a cure. However, time is running out. The plague has mutated, and the cure that the Rising was supposed to deliver is no longer working. People are dying and Xander is determined to help them.
Ky and Indie are piloting a plane, taking the cure to those in need. However, Ky wonders if the Rising can be trusted and if he will ever be reunited with Cassia. The rebellion has started. But will it change Society for the better or destroy everything?
Reached jumps from three different character’s points of view: Cassia, Xander, and Ky. As the point of view changes, the reader is able to see all sides of the rebellion. Although it is clear that Xander cares for people, he still has very little medical training, which makes it is hard to believe that the Rising comes to rely so heavily on him to find the cure for the plague.
Xander still hopes to win Cassia’s heart. This part of the plot seems forced, especially since Cassia made the decision to love Ky in book one. Xander knows this and yet, he still wonders if they will end up together. The conclusion of Reached, leaves the reader with more questions than answers. However, the book is good for junior high readers because most of the violence is not described and the sexual content contains only brief kissing.
- Two teenagers are having an argument when “over his shoulder he says something crude to Indie—what he’d do to her and with her if she weren’t crazy.”
- Indie kisses Ky. “Her hand slides into my hair, her lips press against mine. Nothing like Cassia. I pull back, breathless…”
- When a man discusses his job, an Army officer comes in and drags him away. “His mouth is gagged and his words unintelligible, and above the cloth his eyes meet mine.”
Drugs and Alcohol
- One of the characters describes disease-proofing tablets that are given to babies when they are seven days old. The tablets keep the babies safe from illness and infection.
- The Society has a red pill that is given to its citizens to make them forget the last 12 hours. Cassia and a group of workers are given one to swallow.
- The Society has been affected by a plague; Xander, as well as others, are giving patients medicine and hoping to find the cure.
- Ky thinks, “I have to keep running in this damn cure even if it means I can’t get to Cassia as soon as I like.”
- Ky wonders about what happens when people die. “I don’t know what happens when we die. It doesn’t seem to me like there can be much past this. But I suppose I can conceive that what we make and do can last beyond us.”
- Ky thinks, “long ago people used to say what they wanted out loud and hoped that someone would give it to them. They called it praying.”
- The Society stores DNA samples of its citizens in the hopes that one day they will have the technology to bring people back to life.