My rating: (4 / 5)
I like these books. Oh I really do. In fact, I realized halfway through this book that I had developed a serious book-character crush on Tom Imura, be still my little heart. He is a hero like nobody’s business, and that’s a good thing, because despite how dire the dangers seemed in the first book in the series, they’ve only gotten worse. Gameland is back in business, and with Charlie Pinkeye and Marion Hammer gone, all he’ll has broken loose as other forces vie for his territory.
Benny is growing into his own as a warrior, and into his relationship with Nix, while Chong has developed a sweet, puppy dog type crush on Lilah, who has moved in with his family in the town of Mountainside. Morgie has continued to train with his friends, but doesn’t share their desire to get out of town and follow the trail of the jet they’ve seen in the sky eastward. He, like the rest of town, has that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude that has left them living in a cage, while the others yearn for freedom. After they set out into the Rot and Ruin, however, their world tips on its axis. All the things they thought they knew about the nature of the world is called into question, and their chances for survival begin to grow smaller and smaller.
I didn’t like this book quite as much as the first, but I did really enjoy some of the new characters that were introduced, and I hope we get to see more of them in the future. There wasn’t a lot of movement plot wise; they didn’t get very far in their journey. There was, on the other hand, lots of action. Unfortunately a lot of it was pretty bloody and gross.
As fort he ending? I was pissed. And I mean, extremely pissed. I won’t spoil it for you, but I will say it was unnecessary, and if I hadn’t already requested the book from the library, I probably would have stopped reading the series. It was even worse than my anger at a similar point in the Deadline series, which I also loved, probably more than these books. I yelled at the book. I shook it a little… But not too much. I was reading it on my iPad and she’s named Precious for a reason. I cried.
I’m still mad at the author. He better make it up to me in the next book somehow…