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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that the plot of Reached centers on efforts to control a mutating virus. Victims become "still," in a coma-like state, and many die, sometimes in a rather grisly fashion. But the focus is on moral and philosophical questions: the chance of doing wrong even when you're trying to do right, the quandary of whether the end justifies the means, and the risks and rewards of love and faith.
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In REACHED, the final book in the Matched trilogy, the Rising against the controlling Society begins with a spreading Plague. By providing a cure, the Rising starts to win over the people. But the three protagonists -- Cassia; her friend and Society-approved Match, Xander; and her love, Ky -- struggle to reconcile their personal hopes with the drama playing out around them. Who really brought the Plague, and why? Can the Rising and its leader, the Pilot, be trusted? Their alliances -- to their families, the Rising, and to each other -- are tested. As the Plague mutates and spreads, Ky goes still; Xander searches for a new cure; and Cassia helps unleash latent creative voices and puts her sorting skills to work helping Xander.
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How do you interpret the symbolic meaning of the poems quoted in Reached, which shift and change depending on the perspective of the narrator and the circumstances?
Do you think creative expression is as important as Cassia does?
- Author: Ally Condie
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Misfits and Underdogs, Science and Nature
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Dutton Books
- Publication date: November 13, 2012
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
- Number of pages: 528
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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