I don’t know why I thought I needed to finish this series. I wasn't blown away by Matched and I was bored by Crossed, but Reached was definitely the worst.
The characters: The series has ended and I still feel nothing for the characters. I can’t relate to them all. And why does Cassia like Ky all of a sudden? Why didn't she notice him any of the times they hung out before her match banquet? More importantly, why do Ky and Xander like Cassia? What is it about her? She likes poetry and she can “sort” and that’s about all I got out of it. This was a stupid love triangle, too, because everyone knows how it’s going to turn out.
The plot: It was so underdeveloped. The Rising takes over on one page and the next page is 3 weeks later. How did the people react? How did the government react? How did things changes? We will never know.
So much of this series was bland and unimaginative. One reviewer said that maybe the characters were shallow and the names of things like “The Society” and “The Rising” and “The Outer Provinces” were like that to show how uncreative and suppressed this dystopian society is. That's an interesting point, but I don’t agree that it could explain the shallow development of the characters. At least Ky and Xander should have more depth since they've been fighting The Society since day one and they should be different than all the other mainstream citizens.
Bottom line: There are way better YA dystopian trilogies out there; don't waste your time with this one.