I don’t know why I thought I needed to finish this series. I wasn't blown away by Matched and I was bored by Crossed, but Reached was definitely the worst.
The characters: The series has ended and I still feel nothing for the characters. I can’t relate to them all. And why does Cassia like Ky all of a sudden? Why didn't she notice him any of the times they hung out before her match banquet? More importantly, why do Ky and Xander like Cassia? What is it about her? She likes poetry and she can “sort” and that’s about all I got out of it. This was a stupid love triangle, too, because everyone knows how it’s going to turn out.
The plot: It was so underdeveloped. The Rising takes over on one page and the next page is 3 weeks later. How did the people react? How did the government react? How did things changes? We will never know.
So much of this series was bland and unimaginative. One reviewer said that maybe the characters were shallow and the names of things like “The Society” and “The Rising” and “The Outer Provinces” were like that to show how uncreative and suppressed this dystopian society is. That's an interesting point, but I don’t agree that it could explain the shallow development of the characters. At least Ky and Xander should have more depth since they've been fighting The Society since day one and they should be different than all the other mainstream citizens.
Bottom line: There are way better YA dystopian trilogies out there; don't waste your time with this one.
I loved this book. While the cover is awesome, it’s more romantic than the contents. This is primarily a sci fi book with a little bit of romance thrown in.
The chapters alternate between Amy’s point of view and Elder’s point of view. Amy’s first few chapters really got my heart pounding and sucked me into the story. It took me a little longer to get interested in Elder’s story, but only a little.
A lot of people have shelved this as a “mystery” novel, and for good reason. I wouldn't say there are any extremely surprising plot twists, but there is definitely a mystery and it's complex enough that I don’t think most people could figure everything out ahead of time. I had a big part of it right, but I hadn't figured out all the little details that made it work.
Guess what? This is a YA book with no love triangle! There is some romance, but it’s pretty minor in this first book. I’m predicting the next book in the series is going to get more into that part of the story.
My only complaint was the description of all the “activities” that took place during the season. I thought some of it was unnecessary. That’s just a personal preference, though. Hint: “The season” is the time when people on board the ship mate with one another. Like animals.
Lastly, the book’s ending did a perfect job of making me wonder what Elder will do next.
Update: After reading Across the Universe, I have to subtract a star from this short story. Why did the author want to give us more background on the most disgusting character in the entire book?
I have no idea how this will tie in to Across the Universe, but I can't wait to find out. It was a beautiful, sad, creepy story and it should have been twice as long.