I absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then I...moreI absolutely LOVE this book, and definitely the whole series too. I was just wondering whether I should put this in my favorite shelf, because then I think I'd have to put book 3 in too. Well, I did anyway. I suppose it's no surprise--I've rated all four books 5 stars. I am craving to have a personal, real copy of the series. Then I'll reread them again, because, it's sad to buy the real book and just keep them stacked on your library shelf, right?
Right. Moving on.
Aspects of the book I loved:
Writing. In a word, beautiful. The narration never bored me, whether it was describing a place, a person, someone's feelings and thoughts, or action scenes. Admittedly, even Slag's encounters amused me. The dialogues are very much enjoyable, and a lot made me laugh out loud. Everything was simple, usually using common words. And that's really just better than flowery sentences. If it was funny, it made me laugh and smile. If it was scary and creepy, it made my skin crawl. If it was nerve-wracking, it made me jittery. If it was heartbreaking, it made my heart twinge, really, and in this book, I cried quite a few times. If it was sweet, it made me giddy and left me grinning like a crazy person.
Story. I take back what I mentioned in my review in the first book. I was naive back then. Who says the story's blah? Great, action-packed (even though I'm no fan of action) and wonderfully paced.
Title. Creative and cute (because I can't find a better term). And very much related to the book. I just love it when things are like that in a book.
Characters. THE BEST. Each and everyone is so rounded and alive, it's almost creepy. Well, creepily wonderful. Frey? Amazing. Anything more will be spoiler. Crake? I like his friendship with Frey. Silo? I certainly appreciated this guy in this book. Can't ignore his loyalty, now can I? Hmm... I'm trying to keep things short, but that seems a bit difficult. So I'll stop here and simply emphasize, THE BEST characters.
(view spoiler)[An extra ounce of the lead guy suffering. I know it sounds completely brutal and sadistic. I won't try to make excuses. Anyway. It's probably not just an ounce of suffering: The time when the crew split up because of differing opinions on the civil war, the beating Frey received from his Imperator heroine, and the moment he plunged his cutlass into her. That's probably not all. Frey went through a lot of hardship and pain in this book. And I...err, quite enjoyed those parts myself.
Ending. Now, I may be a sadistic reader, but I do prefer happy endings. This is a mix of both. So how can I argue and say I don't like it? The beginning of the chapter did make me cry because I thought my worst fears came true, and I was ready to be drowned in my own puddle of tears. Thankfully, Wooding is a bad boy and just wanted to mess with his readers. Well, even if it had ended with Frey's death, I would still have given it a full rating, albeit with a very heavy heart, simply because I enjoyed and loved the story and everything else I mentioned above. (hide spoiler)]
Now, there are two things that saddened me. First, not a lot of people continued to read the series. I mean, this needs more exposure. Second, this is the last book. I'm gonna miss reading such a wonderful series. In fact, I already miss Frey. Haha ♥["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)