At the height of the Hunger Games craze, I talked about some other YA fiction out there to fill your post-apocalyptic or dystopian cravings, but few are as complicated and interesting as Ally Condie’s Matched trilogy, the story of a repressed, contained world containing the Society. The Matched trilogy has all the expected tropes of young adult dystopia—a sweet, willful girl named Cassia, a love triangle that defies the conventions of everything the Society will allow, and a mysterious revolution that gives hope to all those oppressed. Throughout the story, Cassia depends on the inner world of her own artistic expression to guide her as her life is completely thrown out of control and she’s asked to figure out what she really believes in—what she’s been told or what she feels.
In the recently released finale to the trilogy, Reached, Cassia and her two potential love interests Ky and Xander must face down the struggle for the heart of their civilization. It’s the Society versus the enigmatic Rising in a bid to control their world—except what they unleash in the fight might wipe away everything that Cassia holds dear.
Let’s take a closer look at Reached and review the Matched trilogy leading up to the series finale.