I was quite pleasantly surprised to discover how much I enjoyed this end. Usually I have major issues with ends, esp of series (too many die, no one dies, the MC acts OOC, the MC acts weak, there's deus ex machina, etc). None of that happened here.
Kira is torn between keeping the jackers safe, keeping her family safe, keeping the changelings safe, and keeping herself safe. She has conflicting loyalties and dangerous secrets. Can she let herself love Julian when her heart still has a hole from Raf? Can she stop the senator if it means helping Kestrel? Should she follow orders or take the opportunity to take down the enemy?
I love the moral dilemmas Kira faces in these three books. Should she jack someone? Was it only right in situations of self-preservation? Was it only right against another jacker? Even then, it's not fair because she can't be jacked. It's a little like Cinder's issues in Scarlet, and when she struggles with the morality of mind-controlling others.
I loved the growing relationship between Kira and Julian. It gets mushy only twice, and only briefly. I love that they both see past each others' looks to personality. Kira and Julian inspire people, work hard, and would sacrifice anything to save the jacker community.
The ending was better than I first realized. How do you end a book where 90% of the population is afraid of the other 10% and wants to imprison or poison them? What, do you write up a treaty? Send them to the moon? Make everyone play nice with new laws? No, think of the end of the How to Train Your Dragon movie.
I also loved all the new words in this trilogy. Tru-casts? Ultra-lights? Mindjacking? Demens? It blends perfectly with the new technology.
My only real complaint about the books is that they could be more, longer, even without more povs. With conflicts this massive (world shattering), I'd expect the actual narrative/story to build more, to feel more epic. I've read Wheel of Time and Brandon Sanderson's massive tomes and expect a page of banter or cultural background or setting now and then. I can handle books with more tension building and world building (and whatever other buildings the author might want to throw in, just so nothing is rushed).
I suppose SKQ trusts her readers' imaginations to supply those details themselves. Maybe I've gotten lazy. (It helps that we have Mindjack Short Story Collection to give us scenes from other characters.)
The scenes are packed on top of each other very well without breaks. We start in media res on page 1, and none of the scenes end without packing a hook or new conflict into the story. Here are the first couple.
Scene #1 (Attacking electrical plant) starts with an explosion and ends with passing out to blowback.
Scene #2 (meditation with Ava) shows off epic mindjacking, has an argument, and ends with a siege.
This is one of the hardest things for me to do, as an author, and one of the subtler writing tricks that readers don't notice unless it's done wrong.