Along with Cassia and Ky, we now see Xander's point of view about things. The alternate narration can be a little choppy. However, Reached was just as satisfying as Matched, with questions answered and a solution accomplished.
Reached shows that words are powerful. You can encourage or bring someone down. You can inspire, or turn people way. Creativity is important to who we are as human beings.
POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
Cassia, Ky, and Xander are great role models. All three desire to do the right thing, and struggle with the Rising's methods. We add Xander to the mix, and he remain optimistic throughout.
The Rising introduces a plague that goes horribly wrong and mutates.
Kissing. At one point, one character makes crude comments about Indie (we aren't told exactly what he says). Condie kept Cassia and Ky's relationship simple and innocent, which is how it should be.
A few cases of "someone swore" and d**n.
The conclusion of Reached left no questions left unanswered, and begs for Ally Condie to hopefully come out with another series!