Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.
Okay, I legit just finished this book and I am DECEASED. These authors just PLAYED ME and my emotions in SO MANY WAYS. Like, I’m happy with how this ended but getting to that ending was TORTURE.
I loved this conclusion to an amazing trilogy. Like the first two, this was written as a series of instant messages, emails, surveillance footage transcriptions, and things like that. So it makes for a pretty quick read even though the books themselves are a decent size. I love the creative way this book was written. The story wouldn’t have been the same if it was told in the traditional format that’s for sure.
We meet new (ish) characters in this final book. Most of this story takes place where the series began, on the planet that all of our characters were illegally living on. So it’s only fitting that is where the story ends too. I liked this because we got to see so many characters that we’d thought were dead for the last two books, loved ones that our main characters were mourning. I loved even more now that all of my the players I’ve come to live in this story come together for the thrilling conclusion. Everyone is finally together to tell us how this all ends.
Katy as always is smart and caring and clever. I loved her twisted relationship with AIDAN even though it also sort of terrified me. Her and Ezra are the CUTEST. The OG couple and my forever favorites. Ezra proves that he’s still brave and determined and hardworking. I liked seeing how his past came to light.
“At least our lives will have been worth dying for.”
AIDAN – the AI that is pretty much just horrifying this whole series – is still absolutely horrifying but in like a train wreck kind of way where you know it’s all going to go wrong but for some reason, you still just can’t tear your eyes away. I would really really love AIDAN if I wasn’t so scared of him and his crazy ass ways.
“I am not trying to be anything except AIDAN. That is all I know how to be. Every story needs its villain. And its hero. And its monster.”
Hannah and Nik are the best. Hannah is kick ass and takes names and even though she’s constantly being condescended she holds her head high and does her best to help where and when she can. The same goes for Nik. Most still just think of him as a criminal, but he doesn’t let that bother him and he still does his part. I loved the constant flirtation between the two. They don’t take things too quickly in the face of death like in some other stories and I appreciate that.
“Because as I write up all this footage, the one thing getting clearer and clearer is that just about everyone I see is doing the best they can with what they have.”
Ella is bae. She’s a badass chick that proves again and again that she’s not to be messed with. She comes and saves the day over and over. I just love her and her hilarity. She keeps the story light and funny while also playing her serious role well.
“The beauty of the universe is in the grandest and smallest things.”
Asha and our new character were interesting. I really wasn’t sure what to think at first. I didn’t know how it would work out in a good way especially because the narrator of the video footage kept talking about how there was no way for this to end well.
“Be the pebble, Rhys.”
All the supporting characters, there are too many to talk about each of them like above. I loved every single one, even the ones meant to be ‘bad guys.’ They all have their own stories and play a specific role in the stories. I loved how realistic and relatable they all were.
“From the Latin verb Illuminare: “To shed light.” Also: “A ray of light.” Or female, plural: “Those who shed light,” “The shining ones.”
The story was insane. All the twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat for sure. I am absolutely still recovering from this emotional turmoil. But like, go buy this series and read them and die and love them like I do.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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