Wow...what can I say about the concluding novel to this amazing series? It was worth the wait, and its conclusion was just as it should be. There is oWow...what can I say about the concluding novel to this amazing series? It was worth the wait, and its conclusion was just as it should be. There is one arc in the novel that I'm not as happy with as the others, but it worked itself out neatly and I can't begrudge that.
The story picks up right where it left off in Unsouled, and it picks up even more from there, believe it or not. The most shocking point in the story for me is what Nelson ends up doing, and what happens to Connor as a result. The story ends on a positive, powerful note that ties up the series neatly but leaves it open-ended enough with the hope of change. Most of the characters reach the point they were striving for and their arcs also end on a neat note. There is an extraordinary exception in Risa, but I guess I should have given up on hopes for her after Unwholly.
Overall, I give the series a solid 4.5 stars. It's one of the best dystopian series out there and deserves to be spotlighted just as brightly as the other big series. I look forward to reading more from Shusterman--he is a talented storyteller and knows how to engage the reader and build his story carefully. I recommend this series to everyone. Seriously go read it!...more
I FINALLY found this book! I read it back in middle school, and the story has stuck with me ever since, but I could not (I really, really, couldn't) rI FINALLY found this book! I read it back in middle school, and the story has stuck with me ever since, but I could not (I really, really, couldn't) remember the title or the author for the life of me, until now. I was browsing through Rob Thomas's novel lists, looking for something of his to read (I'd read Slave Day back in middle school, too, and I really enjoyed it) and literally stumbled upon this slice of awesome covered in gold. I can't really place a well-thought out review because I haven't read the book in years, and the story survives in fragments in my memory...but I will say, this book is gold. I knew it then and I still know it now....more
This book wasn't a life-changer, but it did leave me thoughtful after I finished it. I liked how Mia's characterization wasn't shoved down my throat iThis book wasn't a life-changer, but it did leave me thoughtful after I finished it. I liked how Mia's characterization wasn't shoved down my throat in the first few pages like most novels characterize their protagonist. The whole novel felt like an exploration and discernment of Mia's personality and she grew as a character throughout, which was nice. I also felt that this book is one of those books that can qualify as both YA and adult fiction. Mia doesn't seem at all like a teenager. Overall, this was a nice and heartfelt book. The writing was great and the first person narrative wasn't overwhelming or tedious during the reading. The style is readily accessible to young and old alike, and the plot was well-structured and didn't feel lengthy or too compressed. Beautiful book!
I thought this book was brilliant from the moment I picked it up. It most definitely deserves five stars for being such a well-rounded book. It gave mI thought this book was brilliant from the moment I picked it up. It most definitely deserves five stars for being such a well-rounded book. It gave me perspective on things I never considered before--like how simply changing the names of races into paint colors could make a world of difference. The idea is original, its execution beautiful, and I liked how the story was so focused--there was no distractions, like an elaborate romance plot or subplot. The tip of my hat to you, Mr. Shusterman!...more
This was such and incredible read, and the only thing I'm sorry for is that I finished it too quickly. Gaskell draws perfectly flawed and interestingThis was such and incredible read, and the only thing I'm sorry for is that I finished it too quickly. Gaskell draws perfectly flawed and interesting characters--not one is dull and not one is carelessly thrown in. My favorites were Molly Gibson and Mr. Gibson, of course. I found myself tearing up at their separation after his marriage and how truly they loved each other. I loved Mr. Gibson for his dry, sarcastic humor and his evident wish to make his daughter's life as good as can be, and I wish there had been more room for Mr. Gibson's witticisms in the novel. Molly was just perfect--her journey into becoming a young woman and remaining such a good person throughout it all and handling scandal with grace and bravery just warmed my heart and filled my soul. I wish Gaskell had lived to finish her novel because I couldn't help the angst I felt during the scene were Roger and Molly have their goodbye before he leaves for Africa.
The novel is a little long, but it's easy to read. It's very quiet, even in its climax, and very sentimental. It reminded me a lot of Austen with its country setting and societal and moralistic undertones. It's definitely a new favorite and I would recommend it to everyone....more