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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

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  • Posted December 8, 2012

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    Now, to start, I do want to point out that this is the conclusio

    Now, to start, I do want to point out that this is the conclusion to a trilogy. I did not know this when I received the book for review and I have not read the previous two books.

    Not reading the prior books led me to my first problem with this book. In the entirety of the novel there is literally no recap of the major characters or plot points in the previous books. For dedicated readers that might not be a big deal, but for a reader who may have forgotten or a new reader to the book this is vital. I was thrust into a world with its own language, its own geography, its own rules and I had nothing to guide me in that world. When a character would say something like, “Remember what happened in X?” And all I could think was, no I don’t please tell me. But I never got told. Certain things I stumbled through and figured out, like that manip meant a body modification procedure. Or gengineering was genetic engineering. But all I knew of the plot was that Whispr got his hands on a data thread and went to Ingrid for help deciphering it. This led them on a journey to a very dangerous place to try to find out what was on the data thread, and for some reason an assassin was hired to get the thread back and eliminate them. The why, how, and when of all this I have no idea.

    However, even without any recap of the prior books, I found myself drawn in. The characters were very well crafted and enjoyable to read. Whispr made me laugh and quite frankly was often the voice of reason when Ingrid had me rolling my eyes at her naivety. I was drawn into their journey and even though I didn’t know why this data thread was important I was rooting for them to figure it out successfully. I loved this story! I was so enthralled with it that I no longer cared about my initial confusion. I loved this world and the people in it. I got shivers when the bad guys showed up, and I laughed at the absurdity of some of the happenings. I mean, come on, how can you not giggle at murderous genetically modified sentient meerkats? That’s hilariously creative! I fact, I think the meerkats might have been my favorite characters! I enjoyed this story so much that I was preparing my purchase of the first two books so that I could read the entire journey. And then I got to the ending and I was no longer sure that I wanted to read the entire journey.

    The ending of this book made me feel incredibly ripped off and like I wasted my time. At first it was alright because it was just Ingrid being an idiot, Whispr had always been my favorite anyway and he still kept his brains about him. I was so angry that they figure out this mystery they have risked their lives for and then….just threw their hands in the air and went “okay, we’ll go with that.” No, no and no! Then Whispr fell into it too! I was so angry and I felt like I had just read all this for nothing. If I was a dedicated reader of the entire trilogy I would have been severely disappointed that it all ended that way. So for that reason, I don’t think I want to read the rest of the trilogy knowing that it ends so badly. Luckily this book had enough good things in the middle to keep me relatively happy with the story in general. And so I write this review torn, disappointed, and yet still vaguely amused by those meerkats.

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Del Rey!

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    Posted December 22, 2012

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