I have to admit I didn't see the twist coming. Yeah, maybe it was a little silly but it was interesting enough to make me want know more.
Tha..Show More »t is why I am *really* annoyed with the cliff-hanger ending. It is such a cheap crutch for writers to use that on principle I usually give the book very low marks for it and don't bother with the rest of a series, knowing I'll get more of the same.
However, I might give the next book a go when it comes out because I am genuinely curious!
I honestly enjoyed this book more than the first one although both are very interesting. My hubby and I listened to the audiobook together and got lot..Show More »s of laughs out of the "we're all gonna die" comments by Benson. The narrator is just great at being dramatic.
The first two-thirds of the book I felt were pretty slow. There's a lot of brainstorming by the "students" about what the heck is going on. What is Maxfield Academy really? Who is running it? Why do they have such crazy technology? It's fun to guess along with them.
The last part of the book totally made up for the slow bits by having all sorts of great action and violence at a higher level than usually allowed in YA. Luckily, when there is some ambiguity about how one treats those of questionable humanoid status you can do all sorts of things to them. So Benson becomes quite the fighter and man of action and as always, throws caution to the wind putting others in danger. That's a trait you rarely see in YA and I loved it.
I was rather startled to find that this is actually the final book of the series. I guess we've all become accustomed to the standard three. I wish I had known that before finishing but still feel fairly satisfied with the conclusion. The main reason being - the scope of the story would drastically have to change to accommodate a third book.