“I’ve picked a side,” she said darkly. “And everyone’s on it. And that’s exactly who I’m going to save.”
So by now, if you’ve read the first book, you know that Partials and Humans pretty much don’t get along. No matter how alike they seem, there’s a fundamental difference there that means when you get them together, well…
Our intrepid heroine is off in the big city of Manhattan, trying to figure herself out. She camps, scouts, climbs tall buildings,
“A plaque at the door congratulated her for climbing 1,860 individual stairs, and she nodded as she caught her breath. “Just my luck,” she gasped. “I’m going to have the best glutes left in the planet, and there nobody here to see them.”
meets a human who has gone half-mad from isolation, tries to figure out why they would call a human a head of “it”, and what the “it” might be that said human would be in charge of, runs into an old friend, makes a new frenemy,
and then goes on a scary bad adventure across the barren wasteland that the continental US has become since the war that started everything off. Hijinks ensue.
So, this book has the same great dark humour as the first book, which I really enjoy. The writing is fairly tight, and we get to see some slow development of character (this could have been a bit more intense, but for people with stunted emotions, it’s not too bad) and some more world building/exploring, which is interesting and one of my favourite parts of any dystopian series. Here, it’s particularly well-done without being overwhelming. I really like writers who can weave the environment into scenes involving action – or at least dialogue – so that I can get an authentic sense of the world without long, boring passages of pure description.
I am really enjoying this series. I’ll have to check out more by this author.