C. J. Redwine
Balzer + Bray
September 28th 2012
Young Adult | Fantasy
I am more in love with the characters than the story. There is so much responsibility on their very mortal shoulders. It is just too much, save the world from an invisible threat. Why couldn't this invisible threat have struck before all the trouble and terror they went through? Why bother searching for a weaker version of a weapon you have?
There is so much death and blame in this story. What will be left of the characters when this is all over? I am thinking seemingly nothing.
The characters are fabulous. A villain to stir your hatred. The hero is everything you could want. A heroine who throws herself at anything. I love that the good guys don't bow to traditional standards. There isn't the whole, "Woe is me, I am blind to all danger." They are always doing their utmost to think of every contingency. Logan is especially adept at this. He is always running his case scenarios and analyzing the situation. In fact, his mind is such an entertaining place I could happily stay there. He doesn't delude himself. His battle of wits against the villain reminds me very much of a similar battle of the minds in The Princess Bride. I also like that Logan, despite the odds against him, is still hopeful and confident he can pull it off. Not in an egotistical manner but more of sure knowledge that he will leave no stone unturned to reach his goal. His confidence isn't annoying but endearing. Despite all his efforts in preparation things always go wrong. There is always one possibility he hasn't prepared for. I don't feel these strong urges to strangle the characters for being so blind. Instead I get to enjoy a deeply dangerous and strategic game. We are going to put all our cards out and dare them to outsmart us in some ingenious way. Logan is definitely the best part of this book. I mean just look at his impressive list of traits. He is a jack of all trades.
- Good looking
- Can wield an impressive display of weapons
- Sharp mind
- Not too much ego
- He can make a bomb from his buttons
The ending of the story was a bit anticlimactic for me. There is so much rage invested in the villain who turns out to not be the real problem. How could there be anything worse than that guy? Thankfully amidst all this darkness and destruction there is a sliver of happiness to cling to for Logan and Rachel. I find myself wanting to protect that sliver of happiness with the same feral energy Rachel often unleashes. You know who you are Mr. Male Character, I got my eye on you and you better not try any funny business. No touchie you crazy psycho! I felt this book was a combination of man movie(breasts, action, and special effects) and girl movie(emotions and love). I did feel that there was something missing from the book when the end came but reflection on all its good stuff was sufficient for me to be happy. A good fit for just about anyone. It was well worth the long wait for publication.