I’ll be honest: going into this book, I didn’t have super high expectations. It’s the third and last volume in a young adult dystopian series called “the Remnants.” The first book of which, was pretty good; however, the second was not my favorite. I found that it was in need of some major editing and there didn’t seem to be that driving force behind the story. It’s hard to describe, but I just wasn’t drawn in. Despite this, I owned the third book “Season of Glory” so I decided I should just finish the series.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The writing, while not absolutely stunning, was decent. It was a little plain which isn’t a bad thing at all especially for teen fiction; although, personally, I love a colorful manuscript. In addition, the energy the second book seemed to lack, was present in this one as the Ailith battled to bring light to the kingdom of Pacifica.
Bergren used Andriana, Ronan, and Keallach’s points of view to tell the narrative and I found this rather nice. It made me feel like I got to know each of them personally and thus, gave me a chance to fall in love with them. The only thing that really, really bugged me about the different points of view was the fonts – each of the three characters had a different font for their point of view. I get what they were trying to do with this: make it clear which character was being featured. But I don’t think it was necessary and the constantly changing fonts almost came across as messy.
Moving on, though… It was amazing how Andriana’s character grew in this book. She became stronger, finding her identity in the Maker, and I definitely admired her for this. It was interesting to have the story told from Keallach’s point of view… At first, I was a little skeptical, but I grew to understand him and almost fell in love with him too. Wait what? Did I just say that?? Sorry, no spoilers. I won’t speak another word. Hehe. Ronan, was ever the loving knight. A tad protective maybe, but I guess that was part of his job as Andriana’s knight.
Now about that ending…. Wow. Just wow. There was one point near the end where I had no idea what was going to happen and I absolutely LOVED that! Yes, call me crazy, but when I’m reading a book and the author has me questioning all of the theories I have spun throughout the past chapters, that is good writing. Again, no spoilers so I won’t say anything else.
Altogether, this was by far my favorite book of the series! As for “the Remnants” as a whole, they were a clean read which was refreshing. I didn’t care too much for the incorporation of angels and demon and the sort of twist on Christianity, but it wasn’t terrible. Maybe I’m just picky though… But if you’re into dystopia and you’re looking for something decent, you should definitely give this series a try.
Thank you for reading,
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