The horde is coming.
Salvation is surrounded, monsters at the gates, and this time, they’re not going away. When Deuce, Fade, Stalker and Tegan set out, the odds are against them. But the odds have been stacked against Deuce from the moment she was born. She might not be a Huntress anymore, but she doesn’t run. With her knives in hand and her companions at her side, she will not falter, whether fighting for her life or Fade’s love.
Ahead, the battle of a lifetime awaits. Freaks are everywhere, attacking settlements, setting up scouts, perimeters, and patrols. There hasn’t been a war like this in centuries, and humans have forgotten how to stand and fight. Unless Deuce can lead them.
This time, however, more than the fate of a single enclave or outpost hangs in the balance. This time, Deuce carries the banner for the survival of all humanity.
It took me a long time to get through this, and I think most of that can be credited to driving to another state, unpacking, and setting up house. However, I was really ready for this series to be over. I have to say that I did not love this whole series as much as I did the first time I read it, I think a lot of that is just the maturing of my taste in books, and a more critical eye. The books are still fun stories, but I could not overlook Deuce’s constant telling. It reminded me a lot of the frustrations I had when I re-read Red Queen, the MC will show you something, then to make sure you didn’t miss it tell you about it too. Some people can make the telling work, but it didn’t cut it for me in this series.
Beyond the writing issue, the story is still fun, the research the author does shines through, and the Freaks/Muties are constantly evolving and creating interesting conflicts for our characters – both emotional and physical. This last installment addresses the moral issues that had been hinted at throughout the series about fighting these creatures, who were once people, and are getting closer to being ‘people’ again. For me, that was the most interesting element of this whole series.
Overall, this is still a fun and original series, but I think I have outgrown it. The story is unique though and this installment wraps up all the emotional issues as well as conflict our characters have been faced with. So if you’re looking for a different type of dystopian, I would give this a shot.