With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.
Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain. –Goodreads Synopsis
There is nothing quite as wonderful as the relief I feel when I finish a book series. And I had been waiting a long time to finish this one. It took three years of my life, but it is done! Anyway, onto the actual review.
Much as I liked the book, I feel like the author had more to say. The book went strong with new conflict until maybe the last 75 pages. Then I felt like it was quickly wrapped up and it was just too sudden for me. The story was really good before that point. New characters were introduced (and they were awesome), old scary characters returned, secrets were revealed, and it seemed like things were coming together. And then the rug was pulled out from under me and I put into my glass case of emotion. (If you understand that reference, I applaud your awesomeness. If not, educate yourself.) I wouldn’t say that questions were left unanswered, but I feel like some points from the series could have been illuminated further. Onward to what the characters were up to…
It is a miracle! Rhine is finally not running from Linden! Instead, she just runs from everyone else! I think I am kind of horrible, but I don’t think Linden is a bad guy. At least he tries to be good. He is just somewhat clueless, but I will talk about him later. Rhine’s brother has become a terrorist, and she thinks that the best course of action is to chase him around. Probably not my first choice, but it worked for her. I wasn’t very attached to her in this novel. I was honestly more interested in Linden/Cecily’s story. A lot of this novel felt like Rhine just hanging around waiting for something to happen. For the story to work, I understand why she had to be hanging around healing, meeting new characters, thinking, cleaning, etc. But she was missing something for me. I still really liked Rhine, I just liked her more in Wither and Fever.
Poor Linden. He is the classic nice guy who can’t win. He tried really hard to make everyone happy. (Not to spoil anything, but that really didn’t work out well for him in the end.) I think he just has no idea what to think in general. But then again, who would have time to contemplate the universe while worrying about his four wives, dangerously eccentric uncle, and kind of insane father. Like Cecily, he finally tried to grow a backbone and spent most of the novel staying away from his father. I did feel like I got to know him a lot better in this novel, so I really liked learning more about his perspective/past. His habit of people pleasing drove me insane, but it was honestly just part of who he was. Linden is one of the things I will miss from this series.
I absolutely love the character development on Cecily’s part. At times, it was hard to tell that she was a 14-year old sister wife with 1.5 kids. She definitely handles her life better than I could have. Kudos to Cecily for being a better housewife at 14 than I could be at 23. But really, her character has come so far. I remember reading her in the first book, and wishing she would just disappear. Her spineless/blasé attitude drove me insane. Seriously…if I was kidnapped, witness to the murder of the other kidnapping victims, forced into marriage and motherhood, and followed around by my creepy father in law, I would be mad enough to spit nails. However, in this novel her innocence is whittled away until you are left with a mean little sister with a chip on her shoulder the size of Snookie’s pre-baby poof. I personally wouldn’t want to her meet in a dark alley. Not that she would necessarily physically be able to hurt me…I am more worried about my mental well being. Anyway, she actually realizes that she can’t trust anyone and actually starts thinking. Yay for using your brain!
Overall Rating: 3/5 Stars