Rating: 3/5 stars
Genre: Sci-fi, YA
***SPOILER ALERT*** This is the third book in a series. The following synopsis and review may contain spoilers for the first two books in the series.
Synopsis: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
I was kind of disappointed with this book. I absolutely loved Illuminae and likes Gemina, even though I didn’t love it as much. This one, I still enjoyed, but I did find myself unmotivated to read it. I actually had to get the audiobook in an attempt to finish it (which was a great option cause the audiobooks for this series are top notch). I eneded up listening to it and floowing along in my physical copy (which I think is the best way to experience this series. The reason I was unmotivated to read wasn’t that it was bad, but it was just so repetitive. It did the same things that Illuminae and Gemina did, so I felt like I read the same book 3 times, with slightly different names and locations. The first book was absolutely fantastic, it was new, it was exciting. But the rest of the series didn’t grow, it didn’t evolve. It was just the same thing over and over again and it became predictable.
My favourite parts of the book were by far the parts with AIDAN. Even though his story arc is also pretty repetitive and predictable, I just enjoy his character so much that I minded less than with everyone else. I still did enjoy the interactions between the old characters, although I have to say I didn’t really care much about the new characters introduced in this book. I didn’t dislike them, I just didn’t care about them. I found myself glazing over during their parts of the story. I think that was mainly because they were so similar to the other characters. Again, it’s like they found a template that worked in book 1 and then stuck with it.
The story was still action packed and I can’t say I didn’t enjoy the book, but I was definitely disappointed. I would even say there was less of less of a thriller aspect than in the previous books. I originally gave it 3.75 stars, but in hindsight, it really doesn’t deserve more than 3. It was entertaining, but disappointing. I find myself at a loss for what to say, really. Because the only thing that really struck me was how repetitive it was. nothing else really stood out and because it was so predictable, it didn’t really emotionally draw me in like the first book did.