I am amazed that in a dystopian trilogy Nadine was able to avoid all the things I worry about:
1 // cliches (yes, it's teen girl vs. government ... but it's so much more than that, who cares?)
2 // a lame sequel
3 // an overly-political third book
4 // love triangles (SO masterful <3)
5 // non-pagan and non-preachy
I loved the Hawke house, I loved the Tawny thread, and Solomon is amazing. I never got tired of Parvin's relationship threads because they were realistic, but didn't drag on and on or end with everyone dead. That works ;) Don't get me started on Willow and Ash <3 His character blossomed in this one and it was so sweet!
As usual, traveling took place. Missouri and the Antarctic weren't enough, so Russia is in this one. And it was. SO. COOL. Even with drastic setting changes like that, it still feels like the same story but adds an entirely new level of culture. I really appreciated that this wasn't a dystopian that took place in only a wasteland America. There are other parts of the world, ya know? ;)
All-in-all it was a beautiful, touching ending. Once again, some things I thought I knew, I didn't. And even distasteful characters had development that made them all the more human and relatable.
You can't do much better than a non-cliche trilogy in a popular genre that improves with each book! I highly recommend this series to teen readers. The stories are amazing on their own, but the redemptive thread gives them that 5th star for actually speaking to my life in the most non-preachy way other. That takes them from excellent to eternal.
- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Enclave (14 October 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1683700465
- ISBN-13: 978-1683700463
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 363 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)