Review: Nil on Fire

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Despite Rives and Skye’s attempt to destroy Nil, the island remains. And back in this world, Nil won’t let Skye go. Haunted by a darkness she can’t ignore, Skye wrestles with Nil nightmares that worsen by the day and threaten to tear her apart. As the island grows in power, Skye fights to keep her mind intact. Soon Skye realizes that to finally break free of Nil, she must end Nil’s vicious cycle once and for all–and she can’t do it alone.

Who will return to Nil, and in the end, who will survive? In this thrilling final installment of the Nil series, the stakes have never been higher: everyone’s fate hangs in the balance, including Nil’s own–and Nil will fight to the death. When the full force of the island is unleashed, Skye faces an impossible choice, a cruel one she’d never imagined she’d have to make. As the island’s clock ticks away, one Nil truth becomes painfully clear: only one side can win.

Losing isn’t an option, but winning will cost Skye everything.

I had issues with this finale. I remember enjoying the second book well enough, but I was so annoyed by Skye in this last book. And Rives. And the “All you need is love” ideal that seemed to drive them. Ya, it worked in Harry Potter, but this was not HP.

I did really enjoy the new characters on the island, and I think if the book had focused more on them, and used Skye as more of a support character, I would have like this a lot more. I just felt like Skye and Rives said and did and thought the same things over and over again. Their story, like that of Charley and Thad, was pretty resolved in one book. If Matson had stuck to her ‘new protagonist but old characters still play a role’ style it would have worked a lot better.

Nil as a character also underwhelmed me in this. The split personality it exhibited was interesting, but I still found myself skimming its segments, along with a lot of Skye and Rives appearances as well.

Overall, I felt like it was too repetitive, and could have been wrapped up in the second book since we didn’t really focus too much on the new characters. I also thought it was a little dramatic with Nil and it’s reasons or whatever.

Honestly, this series got worse for me the farther I got into it. I’m glad I finished the story though and reached a solid conclusion.

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