**4.5-stars rounded up**
A twisted, messy, horrifying, beautiful story! It’s done.
I’m astounded by how much I enjoyed this trilogy. I wasn’t expecting it. The feelings!
Following along with Mara as she discovers who she is, and truly what she is, is an absolute roller coaster of emotions.
In this installment, the true objective of the rehab center is revealed, as well as the players behind it.
Mara, as well as the other kids, have been subject to immoral scientific experiments since their entrance into rehab and it has left them shaken, haunted and disoriented.
Together Mara, Jamie and Stella are able to fight their way out, with the unexpected help of an unlikely source, but Noah is nowhere to be found.
Now on the road, they head to New York City in search of answers.
They are forced to use their powers along the way, like never before, in order to dodge authorities and travel unhindered.
I really enjoyed the bond between the three as they learned to trust and rely on one another. Particularly the relationship between Mara and Jamie. I just cannot imagine them without one another.
One glaringly obvious missing piece in this narrative is Noah. I missed having him there. The interactions between him and Mara.
However, Hodkin pulls through for her fans in the end and I am happy with the conclusion to this story.
There were some aspects I found to be slightly confusing.
Mostly the historic aspects from the perspective of Mara’s grandmother. With this being said, I do feel I understood the gist of it enough to be able to apply the ramifications to the modern-day storyline.
I liked the idea of there being a genetic manifestation to the abilities this set of kids display.
I thought that was very interesting. Another one of my favorite aspects to this installment, was Mara, Jamie and Stella investigating the mystery behind Dr. Kells.
I am so happy that I decided to pick this series up.
I think a lot of times all the focus is on the new releases, and they are so important, but there are some real gems to be found in the backlist as well.
Don’t ignore your backlist!