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official reached playlist


I’ve been so excited to put this up–the official playlist for REACHED!

I love making playlists for the books, and it’s one of my favorite ways to interact with readers—it’s fun to hear their responses to the songs on the list! When I was writing “Reached,” these are the songs I listened to most. I tried to arrange them a little in the order of the story—which songs seem to fit the beginning, middle, end, etc., but they all work for the whole story. If you’ve seen the playlists for “Matched” and “Crossed,” you’ll notice some constants—I can’t seem to do without Bruce Springsteen, Regina Spektor, Brandon Flowers/The Killers!

1. “Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia. I picture Xander walking down the street to this song at the beginning of “Reached,” and I love the mood it sets.

2. “Glittering Clouds (Locusts)” by Imogen Heap. The perfect plague song for “Reached.”

3. “Red” by Natalie Walker. In the series, there are three mysterious tablets—one green, one blue, one red—and each book focuses on one of those colors. As you can tell by the cover, red is the emphasized color in this book.

4. “Birds of Prey” by Christina Aguilera. A fan tipped me off to this song and how perfect it is for the series earlier this year, and I’ve been grateful ever since.

5. “All the Rowboats” by Regina Spektor. Love this song, its allusions to museums and art, the way it fits the story…especially a certain scene involving Xander in the middle of the book.

6. “Half-Light II” by Arcade Fire. I can picture both Ky and Xander singing this song as they look back on the way things used to be.

7. “Death to My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen. This is a very Ky song, and there’s a certain scene in the middle of the book that it fits perfectly. (Sorry I can’t be more specific—I don’t want to spoil anything!)

8. “9 Crimes” by Damien Rice. The perfect prisoner’s dilemma song for “Reached.” I feel like this song has parts of Cassia, Ky, and Xander in it. One of my all-time favorite songs.

9. “The Water is Wide” by Steven Sharp Nelson. A beautiful instrumental version of a lovely folk song, and a song I picture playing during a scene in the book that involves an ocean.

10. “Be Still” by The Killers. This song was released after “Reached” was already finished, but I had to add it to the playlist because it’s beautiful, it works on many levels for the story and there is one line especially that made me think of each of the three main characters, and of Xander in particular—”Don’t break character/you’ve got a lot of heart.”

11. “You Picked Me” by A Fine Frenzy. This song could be either for Ky or Xander near the end of “Reached.” ;)

12. “Land of Hope and Dreams” by Bruce Springsteen. I love the line about the “brother” and being a good companion for the ride. This song, with its epic-sounding feel, is great for the end of a series. Substitute the word “ship” for “train” and it’s pretty much an exact fit.

13. “Stay Young, Go Dancing” by Death Cab for Cutie. No one does songs with catchy beats and bittersweet lyrics like these guys. This is exactly the feel I want for the ending scenes of “Reached.”

(This post first appeared here at MTV.com’s Hollywood Crush blog, but I wanted to post it on my site too so that it’s always available to readers.) 🙂
Hope all of your holidays are going wonderfully! I went running yesterday at 6 a.m. and it was 18 degrees and snowing …winter has definitely arrived here!!


+ comments (15)
  • Alice Beesley
    December 11, 2012

    Great playlist!

  • Mimi Cross
    December 17, 2012

    LOVE Brandon Flowers. The Killers are great too, but his solo stuff is so inspiring. Great music to write to.

    Reading Reached—loving it.

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season…

  • Nia
    December 18, 2012

    What are you going to be working on now that the Matched trilogy is done? And is there any chance that you will be coming to Arizona?

  • LaTesha
    December 21, 2012

    Trilogy super awesome ! Easy to follow but hard to o put down. Written so well I didn’t want it to end. The icing on the cake would be movies based on the trilogy. which I’m sure would be a box office hit!

  • Nia
    December 27, 2012

    What are you going to start working on now or that the Matched trilogy is done?

  • Samantha Miller
    December 27, 2012

    🙂 the fact that you have 9 Crimes on this list just made you one of my favorite people (you were already on my top author list)!

  • Abigail
    December 31, 2012

    I read reached and loved it! You did so much more then what I was expecting. Love the playlist! You are an a amazing writer.

  • lizzie
    January 5, 2013

    I listened to Fine Frenzy and I think you should listen to Ashes to Wine. It’s perfect for the end of Matched when they take Ky away and in Crossed when Ky and Cassie meet in the canyon and amazing in Reached if you know where. I truly love this song. It remind of Ky, Xander, and Cassie! It’s perfect!!!!
    Please listen to the song I think you might ejoy it a lot!

  • Joanie
    January 6, 2013

    Befor even reading the list, I somehow knew that Be Still would be on it. Definetly my favorite track form Battle Born.

  • Maren
    January 6, 2013

    This is an amazing playlist! I think the songs really fit the atmosphere of the book. And thanks for introducing me to so many great artists I’ve never heard of (I can’t believe I’ve never heard of A Fine Frenzy!) 😀 I love discovering new music!

  • giselle
    January 7, 2013

    Great books, I am not a teen but I have a teen for a grandson, and I am always looking for books that are great so he can read them and you hooked me with your first one. Keep on writing. Magnificent themes , splendid imagination, I can only imagine if the future might be like your books. Scary!! Wish you the best. 🙂

  • joanna
    January 19, 2013

    PLEASE!!!! listen to the song “i won’t give up” by jason mraz, its perfect for when ky is still and cassia is there for him.

    • Kristen
      February 22, 2013

      I agree with this song. Every time I hear it I totally think of Ky and Cassia. It would work for Crossed too.

  • damani
    May 2, 2013

    can we video chat with u on skype at central middle school

  • Cris
    September 25, 2013

    9 Crimes… I wrote to that song too!

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