Start Date: March 20, 2017
End Date: March 31, 2017
Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Rating on Goodreads: 4.08 out of 5
Personal Rating: 5 out 5
Lindsay Cummings is an amazing writer and I hope that my writing will be as good as hers one day! If there ever comes a day when I don’t declare her as one of my favorite authors please know that I’ve probably lost my mind.
The way she progressed the story line along with the character development was seamless. I don’t know if it was because I feel like I’ve gone on the journey with these characters but I became so emotional while reading this. The book was so tense and fast passed that it was impossible to put down.
The world in this novel was my absolute favorite part! I love how things expanded from The Shallows. In the first book I wondered along with the characters about what was out there beyond the shallows and the perimeter. It’s crazy to think that because we as readers were confined to this one area with the characters almost made us believe there was nothing out there past the post apocalyptic wasteland of The Shallows a.k.a Florida. I had to sit back for a second to remind myself Florida is not the only state out there even if America has been destroyed by some ravenous disease.
The character progression was unbelievable! Zephyr grew up so much in this sequel and I loved how Meadow went on a full on roller coaster of emotion and growth. There were times where I found her a bit annoying because she was only thinking of herself and her family as she dragged Sketch and Zephyr through almost every horrible situation that could go wrong in a post apocalyptic country.
I tried to take in consideration all of the things that Meadow had to go through, she literally went through hell and back then back into hell again. I still got annoyed. Zephyr was trying to be there for her, he really was, but she constantly denied any help. Meadow has had the idea of family and nothing else engraved in her brain ever since she was a kid, I get it but she also loved Zephyr. Shouldn’t you let someone who loves you help you?
Am I siding with Zephyr? Yes, because I love him and I want him unharmed by this cruel harsh world event though he kind of already is.
Speaking of Meadow’s family, there was so much death! Characters who I wanted to die finally died, characters who I didn’t want to die died and characters I never ever wanted to see hurt (Peri) got hurt really really bad. I just…so much death! I have to admit I was very conflicted over Meadow’s dad’s death. I wanted him to die but at the same time I wanted Meadow to have a little piece of mind since she never really got the closure from her mother that she needed.
While it’s always said that Meadow and her dad loved each other and he loved his family sometimes I couldn’t help but think that he was bordering the line of abuse. He engraved in Meadow’s mind that it’s family or death which could be a part of the reason why she never opened up to anyone, especially Zephyr. Meadow wasn’t happy and wouldn’t stop trying to find her family even if that meant killing herself trying. Doesn’t that sound just a little bit…abusive? Love your family and nothing else?
I don’t know, these are just the ramblings of a book obsessed adult.
The only problem I had with the sequel was the ending. It left so many questions unanswered that could probably go into another book…or a novella? (This is me begging for another book. It’s been a month and I still don’t want to let these characters go)
Other than the ending I absolutely loved this sequel and I’m so sad to end another book journey with amazing characters!
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