I did it! I finally finished this book. This one was a lot harder to get through than the previous two. I really felt like this story just went a completely different direction than I was expecting. It wasn’t necessarily a bad read but not great.
The writing and world building in this book is very good. I will not deny that. I completely understand why so many people love this series and this author. He did a really fabulous job writing. BUT this book was way too long. I was finding myself becoming really bored with the abundance of information that was really not needed.
There are a lot of new characters introduced in this book, which I was surprised by. He did such a great job weaving their stories together but there were so many. Some of the characters I liked and some I didn’t.
I did really like Jeri! She was a bit refreshing and I loved her relationship with Citra. I don’t know that I could ever see her ending up how she did but oh well.
I was right, Greyson would have a much bigger part in this book. I still didn’t find myself really connecting or caring about his character that much. I’m not sure why but I just didn’t. I’m a bit confused on why the last two books spent so much time on him and he’s literally not in the first book, which so many people loved. Coincidence or not? hmm..
One of the main reasons I loved the first book so much was because I loved Citra and Rowan. We get pretty much none of that in this book and I think it’s a HUGE misstep on Shusterman’s part. It is partly why I feel like this book is kind of a shift from the initial series. I have seen many people stress this same point as to a negative aspect of this book. I mean, I really could have used a lot more of Rowan’s sarcastic banter!
One character that I did find myself liking was Rand. I was a bit surprised by this but I think she came kind of a long way. I know that she let a lot of terrible things happen but in the end, she kind of comes through. It might have been for selfish reasons but she did it.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of the ending either. It was all a bit too out there for me. I’m so sad because I really loved the first book so much! To me, it just felt like a completely separate book from the series at times. I think, if I would have read this as a standalone, I would have liked it more.