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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Reached by Ally Condie

by Ally Condie
Dutton Books (Penguin)
ISBN: 978-0-525-42366-9
Suggested Ages: 12+
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Description: After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Risingand each otherCassia 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.

The Good Stuff
  • Nice hopeful realistic ending
  • Condie has a gift for the prose, very poetic
  • Fascinating world building
  • Characters develop maturely
  • Loved how the two boys didn't try to one up each other or fight each other for Cassia - very refreshing
  • I'm sorry I really, really wanted to love this book but I just basically found it meh - like she had to flesh out a two story book into three due to a contract - but her writing is truly beautiful and she is fabulous at character development
The Not So Good Stuff
  • I expected better - but after finishing I felt that this series might have been far better as only a two book series
  • Now its been a long time since I read Crossed, but found myself on many occasions being a little bit confused by what was going on  (maybe should have reread series again)
  • Many things happen way too conveniently 
Favorite Quote/Passages

"So don't worry if you don't hear from me as often. I'll find my way to you as soon as I can. I have a plan. Ky, I know that you 're going to want to come find me, that you're going to want to save me. But I need you to trust me to save myself."

"She tries to explain. "What I'm trying to say is that you've found your way home. You were born to help people, and you'll find a way to do that, no matter where you are. Just like the redfish are born to find their way back from the ocean."

"They are in all of us. I believe this. That every person might have a way to fly, a line of poetry to put down for others to see, a hand to heal."

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Strictly for those who have read the first two books

3.75 Dewey's

I purchased this at Chapters Shawnessy as I had read the first two books in the trilogy and NEEDED to know what happened

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