“After leaving Society to desperately seek 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 is assigned undercover in Central city, Ky outside the borders, an airship pilot with Indie. Xander is a medic, with a secret. All too soon, everything shifts again.”
(Taken from Goodreads, original here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13125947-reached)
I have found that dystopian trilogies tend to follow a certain pattern. The first book introduces us to the world building and the characters. At the end of this first book, something happens that leads to the questioning of the way of life introduced throughout the book. In the second book, that questioning is made by more and more people, and the system fights back. In the third book, there is usually open rebellion/revolution.
This trilogy was following this pattern quite nicely. Up until Reached, that is. In Reached, the plot arc fell apart. It began with the Rising actually happening. But then, it got completely sidetracked by an illness, and our main trio goes off to search for a cure. At the end, it’s not that clear if the Rising actually succeeded or not.
One thing that really confused me was the Pilot. I’m not going to try to explain, as that could be a massive fail. And all those poems were a bit distracting as well. Granted, they do play a role in the story, but still, there are only so many times that the same poem by Emily Dickinson can be quoted.
The POVs were also a bit boring, particularly Cassia’s and Ky’s. They thought too much, and, at some points, there was too much angst going on. As for the love triangle, I felt that the resolution was too easy, in the sense that there wasn’t really a dispute to begin with.
I have to confess that, at the end of Reached, I was left wondering why I insist on reading dystopian series.
Rating: 2 out of 5