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party time, some BIG news, and a few of your questions answered

image via Shannon Hale’s website (www.squeetus.com)

We are getting closer and closer to the release of REACHED and there are (even more) great things happening online:

The official Matched Trilogy website has this very fun event kit up on the site. You can download the kit and use it for your book club meeting, etc. There’s a recipe for cake pops, a calendar, a craft, lots of Q&A, and more. I’ve been planning kid birthday parties and I’m thinking…can I talk one of my boys into having a Matched Trilogy party? No?  Ninjago it is.

Also, did you know that there is a Pinterest board for the trilogy? Neither did I until a few days ago!

And here is the really, really big news. Entertainment Weekly (ew.com) will be revealing the official trailer for REACHED (this reveal is tentatively scheduled for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24). And they will also be revealing the first three chapters of REACHED online (tentatively scheduled for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25). I will be sure to let you know here on the blog and also on twitter if anything changes!

We only have three weeks left until REACHED is here. As we lead up to the release date (November 13!), I’ll be sure to keep posting each Tuesday with updates and info, and also answer the questions you asked in September when I opened up questions. Here are a few of those Q & A now:

Ashley: Do you come out with approximately a book a year?

Yes! I’ve had a book a year out every year since 2006, with the exception of 2008 and 2010 (when I had two books come out) and 2009 (when I had none).

Angel:  Does Ky make a reappearance in Reached, specifically in Central?

I don’t want to say where Ky appears (too spoiler-y!), but I can reassure you that he will be in REACHED. The story is partially told from his point of view and he has a huge role to play.

Jenny: How did you come up with the title REACHED? Does it have an epilogue?

I came up with the title for two reasons. First, it has something to do with the Emily Dickinson poem (“I did not reach thee”) that is the central poem for this book (as the Dylan Thomas poem was for MATCHED and the Tennyson poem was for CROSSED). Second, it fits what happens in the story really well. And no, there is no epilogue.

I’ll answer the rest of your questions in next Tuesday’s post. Many thanks for all your support!


+ comments (6)
  • Tay
    October 25, 2012

    Will you being touring anywhere near MN any time soon? and Are there going to being any other books you’ll be writing after this?

    • EMMA
      October 28, 2012

      i may have to wait till November 19th for reached to come in the mail

    • Emma
      October 28, 2012

      i found a glowing review of reached on goodreads!!!!!!!!!!

      here it is

      Every once in a while a book comes along that begs you to clear off your shelves. . .because the other books are not quite fit to be shelved next to it. A book that makes you want to take all (but a rare handful) of five star ratings back, because the other five stars do not compare. A book you hold with reverent awe when you finish it. A book that leaves you carved out and filled back up, because it is so beautiful and you wonder that a person could create such a thing of beauty. A book that you know you will recommend over and over again and buy stacks of for Christmas gifts (and birthday gifts, and just because you-must-read-this-book gifts).

      Reached is, without a doubt, my top pick of 2012.

      This review will forever be in adequate to convey the amazing depth, poetry, characterization and storytelling of Reached. This is, my favorite ending to any series I have ever read. It is a seamless read. It is a rare book that can take three points of view and work magic like this. The pacing and reveals were well-timed and I found myself reading through the entire day until I finished it. As in, I could not tear myself away. I started reading at 5:45 in the morning and finished it that evening.

      After reading Crossed, I walked around for days, part of my head in that world. I rolled the possibilities for the final book over in my mind. My predictions of what would happen next. None of my predictions were close. Reached is original and layered and the threads, symbols, and plot is unique and amazing. As the book was nearing the end and more things were revealed and tied up I found myself gasping at the genius of it and ridiculously happy that I could not have predicted in any way the ending to this series.

      This book is mature, in the true sense of the word. The characters make choices that require heart, mind and character. Each character has a satisfying, and what feels to be a true ending. I didn’t want it to end, ever. . .but it ended so well I felt it was complete. I can’t wait to read it again because I would not allow myself to stop reading long enough to find my post-it notes. Now, I can go back slowly and mark all my favorite passages. Oh, the writing. Sigh. There are so many beautiful lines that I predict will be quoted over and over.

      Other books may entertain, or inform, or leave you breathless from plotting. . .and Reached does this as well, but it does something more. This book is a classic, because it made me grow. Because its beauty alone moved me. . .you know that beautiful moment as a reader when you experience a complete emotional catharsis while reading a character’s journey and you feel your own world shift? For me, I wanted to create as soon as I closed its cover.

      On a personal note. . .which is the reason we read, right? I know that this book changed me. I have a handful of books that I call my “books for life.” The books that earn a place on a special shelf in my bookcase. The books that shape my life. The books that come at just the right time to inspire. Most often these books are the ones that fill me with courage. I cried while I read Reached. Near the end I found myself broken open with emotion, because I saw the beauty of creation as Cassia saw it. And I had felt afraid, to create something, something that certainly wouldn’t be as lovely as the book I held in my hand. But I realized what a gift creation is. And what courage it does take to create, even when it is less than perfect. The courage it takes to make your own voice heard.

      I thank Ally, for making her voice heard through this timeless series.

    • Ashley R.
      October 29, 2012

      That is a beautiful review!

  • megan
    November 11, 2012

    Hi, i was wondering if you were thinking about making a fourth book to add to the sequel? I just finished the forst one and im already thinking about a fourth that is non-existent because, your books are just very interesting and VERY well written.

  • Cassie
    November 27, 2012

    My favorite books in the world now i need to get reached.

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