It's unusual for me to give a book a rating this low, but I couldn't help myself. I liked Slated, though it could have been better; I REALLY enjoyed Fractured. But this? It ain't a bad book and most importantly IM NOT DONE WITH IT. But from the beginning Kyla or Riley or whoever the heck she is was just rubbing me in the wrong way. She behaves like a total %#$@£ to Lucy Connor, her adopted mother, who all she wants to do is love her like a daughter. Her decisions a lot of times didn't seem to make much sense to me, and I kind of disliked her personality change-the sense of wonder, or-spark which made her so lovely to read about in Slated and throughout Fractured is pretty much gone. I get that she's not naive anymore and gone through a lot, but I'm halfway through the book and at this point it mentions her smiling, like, two times. All she seems is thoroughly miserable.
Not to mention that I am INCREDIBLY tired of Ben. The only reason I can imagine her being so, so obsessed with Ben, like thinking of him every other page, is that he is the first male person she met after leaving the hospital when she was slated. I didn't think that particular romance would be so crucial to the series. Ben was nice, which is great. But that's it. He was just nice. No other details. At this point, he is starting to feel like a singularly bland character probably the least interesting in the whole series, I kid you not. There were any number of other guys throughout: there was Katran, who DIED to save Rain out of love. But then he was a terrorist, so it wasn't completely right. There was Cam who turned out to be a spy-I was so upset at that. He was so much fun! There's Aiden, who obviously loves her so much, is interesting, is NOT a Lorder, is NOT a terrorist, is a really good guy. But all she thinks about is Ben,Ben,Ben. I'm not saying she should be fickle and ditch him. I just mean he was not well developed and interesting enough to get us to root for him this long. You feel?
Also that every single female character in this series has to be hooked up with somebody. Amy with Jazz, Madison with Finley-honestly?
Anyway, I'll update later.
OMG TOTALLY CHANGED MY MIND!! LOVE THIS TRILOGY!!
Conclusion is brilliant. Plot really picks up the pace in second half of book-first half was irritating. And I SWEAR to you, *huge spiler**
WHEN KYLA GETS OVER BEN AND INSTEAD APPRECIATES AIDEN BECAUSE BEN WAS A CRIMINAL ALL ALONG, This line:
"Sometimes I wonder if he was ever really mine, and that it was all an illusion."
I RAISED MY ARMS AND YELLED "OH GLORY HALLELUJAH" AND THE CAT JUMPED OFF THE BED AND SKIDDED OUT OF THE ROOM.