Thursday, December 6, 2012

Reached by Ally Condie

I was really, really excited when I saw this book finally in my local wal-mart, because I had only ever seen it online at It never really ever occurred to me that I would ever touch the book in reality. It never registered in my brain.
For those of you who have never read Ally Condie's books or haven't even heard of her at all, please google her.

Now, since that is done, let me tell you a little of what this book and the series of books is about.

The first book in this series is called Matched. I read this book in 2011. When I bought it earlier it was the cover that interested me the most. But it was the story, in the end, which kept me intrigued throughout the entire reading of the book.

This story introduces you to a girl named Cassia who is anticipating her match ceremony. The match ceremony is where young adults find who they will eventually marry. Some will marry those that they know, most will end up with those that they don't know, and Cassia ends up as one of the former. It is a rare occurance, but she is matched with her best friend, Xander.

Cassia's world, the world of everyone around her, is controlled by the Society. Those that believe that by controlling their people, manipulating their ways and their lifestyles, they can keep their world out of chaos. However, when Cassia sees another match on the microcard she is given, doubts of the society's true intentions cloud her mind. She wants to know what all they might have been keeping from everyone and what they are truly trying to do. Are they there to help or is there some ulterior motive behind their actions?

I was pulled in by the first book, and hope to be able to finish the series in the very near future. Here are the descriptions for the trilogy of books:

General Synopsis for Matched:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander's face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is her ideal mate... until she sees Ky Markham's face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it's a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she's destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can't stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society's infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she's known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.
General Synopsis for Crossed:
In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.
General Synopsis for Reached:
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

In this gripping conclusion to the #1 New York Times-bestselling Matched trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.
Happy Reading!!

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