Rating: 3 stars
I finally finished the series, but it doesn’t feel like it’s over?
I originally rated this 4 stars, but in retrospect, I feel more confusion and disappointment than anything else. If I were to rate on the writing style alone, I’d rate 5 stars for sure. Lauren Oliver has a way with words, and she can make even the most boring situation feel alive and real and interesting. But really, if I’m rating anything here, I’m rating the plot, because lol that straight up sucked.
First, I’ve gotta say that the love stuff was the worst part. The decision on which boy in the love triangle she picked was weirdly vague, especially considering the entire premise of the series being about love and all that (And the boy it’s implied she picked makes my blood boil because like ?????????? seriously? him?) The sudden inclusion of Grace was completely random and hadn’t been introduced early enough to warrant her being there at all. The revolution stuff was okay, but between Lena and Hana, I WAY prefered Hana’s storyline. So the fact that every single character had the most open ending in the world, and the fact that the world didn’t expand like whatsoever, despite all the Canada hints, and how the themes were haphazard at best, I was left with the strong feeling that this wasn’t finished, or wasn’t the last book in the series.
But it is, apparently.
So I just wonder what could have been, you know?
But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we ended up is where we intended to be all along.
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