November brought Reached, the conclusion to the series Ally Condie began with Matched and continued with Crossed. Like Suzanne Collins and Veronica Roth, Condie imagines a future society that is recognizable to us, but in which the government is taking a highly active role in determining the course of individual lives.
Teens and adults both love these books and it is not difficult to understand why. The issues Condie tackles matter to everyone--in whom or what can we believe (who is the Pilot?); how can we express ourselves (can we all be Poets or artists?); and how can we be healed (where is the Physic?). As a unit, the three books take readers on an exciting, adventurous journey. They are a pleasure to read simply for the plot, but Condie goes deeper. Her characters are complicated people who grow and change. They demand and engage the reader's attention and involvement. Match up, cross over, and reach out. Do not miss these books--Lucinda Whitehurst.
(Matched, 2010; Crossed, 2011; Reached 2012; all Dutton/Penguin)