Lots of Links from Ally Condie

If you didn’t know, REACHED has been doing increasingly well since being released just about 2 weeks ago. Ally Condie, our awesome author, took to her blog to post some links to articles, reviews, etc. Check them out below!

In case you missed it MTV.com posted the official Reached playlist!

Amazon has named REACHED as one of the best books of 2012 for Kids and Teens. It’s currently #1 on the list!

Entertainment Weekly posted a review of Reached.

“There’s no shame in crying at the end.”

There will also be an interview with Ally in the November 23rd issue of the magazine (the one with Star Wars on the cover).

USA Today featured an article on the series.

 Author Ally Condie says a “casual conversation about marriage” with her husband, an economics professor at Brigham Young University, triggered the most popular series of books for teens since The Hunger Games.

John Green, author of The Fault In Our Stars, mentioned Reached in a tweet and on a Tumblr blog post (Ally mentioned that she’s a fan of his work).

 

Seventeen and Just Jared Jr. both chose REACHED as their book club pick.

We could never imagine our free will being taken away or having our lives pre-planned for us or having arranged marriages come back into style.
-JJJ

Penguin Teen (publisher of the series) did an author spotlight of Ally.

What’s your favorite thing about your book? I like the endings of each of the books in the series. It’s fun to take a character to a specific point in their journey and have that sense of arrival…and also that something new might be on the horizon for them.

Also, just a reminder, Ally is on a book tour for REACHED right now. Check out the schedule here to see if she’ll be in your city soon.

Make sure to check out Ally’s blog posts here for her personal and book-related updates!

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Review: REACHED by Ally Condie

Fear not, Matched fans! This review is SPOILER FREE!

Reached by Ally Condie Book Cover Review

When we last left the characters of Ally Condie’s Matched Trilogy, they were being pulled away from each other by their duties to the cause. Cassia made it to The Rising only to have them ship her back to Central to work for them inside The Society’s territory. Ky and Indie were kept at The Rising headquarters to work on different efforts. Xander, who is also part of the Rising unbeknownst to Cassia, was also undercover in The Society as a medic in Camas.

The novel finds them in similar places months after the end of Crossed. Thanks to the pleasing addition of Xander’s point-of-view, we learn that things have become increasingly complicated for Cassia and her two Matches as they try to fit the mold of their current circumstances with little, terse contact with one another. They are all waiting for The Rising go against the The Society so that they could be together again. But when The Rising’s attempts to take control end in unexpected chaos, Cassia, Ky, and Xander have much more to think about than their own desires.

As the lines blur between right and wrong blur, the characters we know and love will face major scrutiny from all sides. They must be tested beyond reason and forced to prove their loyalties, or else face horrific consequences.

Reached is equal parts adventure, medical drama, and self-discovery as all three characters discover what they mean to each other but also what they stand for as individuals. It’s quite beautiful to see each characters learn that there is more to life that The Society and The Rising. They learn the power of decision and become richer, more relatable characters than ever before. As usual, Ally Condie’s writing is captivating and poetic, though this time with a sharper, more urgent edge that very appropriately complements the plot.

We know there’s really only one major question fans want answered: Will you be happy with the ending? We think yes!

Ally does an amazing job rounding out all of the storylines, even for the minor characters, in a way that’s satisfying without being overbearing or overly-sentimental. There’s some particularly great twists and references that fans would never suspect that bring the trilogy full circle. There’s something for everyone to something for every reader to delight in and something for every reader to mourn, just as a good book should be!