I really don’t know what to say or how to rate this book. Solid 4 stars overall for the series, but this one as a standalone just barely 3… why? You may ask….
Was it the ending??? NO. Even if it made me cry, nope, the ending was just fine and probably what I expected. Just not the way it was handled.
Was it the story? YES, IN PART. The first two books in the series were interesting. The whole idea of the factions and the conflicts, etc. had me turning the pages even with the inconsistencies and weirdness. But the moral awareness and the whole dystopia was pretty interesting. In this third installment, well… that whole I am out of the fence and I found out new truths… good genes, bad genes, damaged genes… was just faulty, rushed, and leaves you feeling like a body ripped with bullet holes provoked but all the plot holes.
Was it the characters? YES. I mean WTF happened to Four’s personality…. He was turned by the author into a pansy-ass. A guy that jumps to conclusions w/o thinking, a guy who feels “bad” because one person told him the truth and now he is traumatized for being “damaged”... really?, I mean really? And then he makes bad decisions, stupid decisions….. REALLY? (Yes I’m shouting).
And Caleb… the character that needed redemption and… he’s is about to actually do something about it and the, we don’t see him redeem himself.. REALLY?
And so on…
There is more I want to say, but time is of the essence…. I am keeping my reviews short and fast since I don’t have much time to write them but…. I expected a lot more from this book.. But don’t let it deter you from reading the series, it is good… and interesting.