If you think waiting a year for Book 2 of this series was bad, venture carefully, my friends. CLIFF HANGER ALERT!
Things have definitely changed from w...moreIf you think waiting a year for Book 2 of this series was bad, venture carefully, my friends. CLIFF HANGER ALERT!
Things have definitely changed from when Jackson first found out that he could time travel. Now, he enters training for the CIA agency that his dad runs. Although his father is fully aware of all of his capabilities, none of the other recruits have any idea. In fact, the mere idea of humans being able to time travel disgusts them. He has nobody to talk to about his past, and nobody to turn to when Holly turns up as a part of the opposing agency, Eyewall. Of course, she doesn't remember him, and even against his greater judgement, Jackson can't stay away from her, putting both of their lives at incredible risk.
As Jackson moves through his training Eyewall, along with some familiar enemy faces, are making more and more appearances, making it harder and harder for him to keep his abilities a secret. And while many questions are answered, even more are popping up with each and every chapter.
Once again, Cross has created a page turning thriller laced with just enough romance to capture the hearts of the readers without over running it with a gooey plot. Don't try to read this unless you have your full concentration devoted to it, because just like Tempest, Vortex throws all standard rules of sci-fi time traveling out the window, so intricate that its almost a science in itself.(less)
By this point in the series, nearly everyone is convinced that the end is drawing near. Some are hopefully clinging to the possibility that the barrie...moreBy this point in the series, nearly everyone is convinced that the end is drawing near. Some are hopefully clinging to the possibility that the barrier will come down and they will be able to leave the FAYZ, while others worry that the end won't be so clean cut. On the one hand, the giaphage has taken on the human form as Diana's daughter, making it more dangerous than ever. On the other hand, now that the FAYZ walls are transparent, the whole world is watching, witnessing terrifying, unexplainable acts of terror and violence. Sam and Caine team up to go after the giaphage, hoping to catch her while she's still recovering from Sam's attack at the end of Fear (Book 5), while Edilio takes charge in Perdido beach and tries to get the kids back to work instead of spending nearly all of their time at the barrier, trying to communicate with the public and their love ones. We also get to see quite a bit of Connie Temple and get inside her head about what's going on in the outside world, and her opinion on how things look in the FAYZ. Meanwhile, Little Pete, now a body-less 'something' begins weakening, and it becomes clear that the Giaphage fears that he will take a body as it did in order to fight. As always, the clock is counting down, and the endgame isn't exactly clear. Right from the beginning, questions start piling up quicker than answers. What will happen if the barrier comes down? Will the kids be charged for the terrible acts they have committed? Or will the Giaphage kill every last human inside, leaving only itself to venture out into the world?
An excellent ending to an excellent series. Throughout the Gone series, the lines between the good guys and bad guys are blurred so much that it becomes hard to know who to cheer for. Each book is different. Sometimes each chapter, and this one was no different. The character development is phenomenal. It's hard to imagine mere children living through all of these horrifying ordeals, and by the end of this book, I honestly had a had to remind myself that they're only fifteen. Relationships continue to develop between Astrid and Sam in ways that seem impossible for their age, but when you think about everything they've been through together it starts to make more sense. And then there's Caine, who started out as the biggest threat in the FAYZ, and has slowly transformed into a sort of makeshift hero who's desperate for redemption. The final battle ended a bit abruptly, I think, which is probably the only negative thing I have to say about the entire book. Grant also gives us the opportunity to see what happens after the final battle in a section called 'Aftermath'. This was the hardest part for me to read. It's so vastly different from the rest of the series. While reading, I never thought much about what would happen if the FAYZ ended, and I never thought about who the characters would have to live without (because yes, there are plenty of losses in the final installment). Absolutely wonderful.(less)