I think I’d give this one a 3.5, if I could, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and rounded up.
There’s lots of action but not enough character development of the side characters for me. I liked or hated them all, as was appropriate/expected, but I had trouble getting emotionally invested with most of them. Since I’m really into characters that consume my world, these sometimes fell a bit flat. Or maybe that was me. Maybe I didn’t want to invest, because of fears of how things would end up. I’m not sure.
It’s a solid read, but it didn’t suck me in as much as I’d hoped. There’s always a lot going on. Maybe I just need a few moments of non-gloom-and-doom every now and then. Things constantly went wrong, which is interesting in its own right, but I think I needed a few more minutes of hope, joy, and/or humor. I would have liked some contrast, so that instead of being only stressed out and depressed about everything, I could remember why Thomas kept moving forward and kept trying.
Overall, it’s a decent read, and it’s definitely worth finishing the series to get to the bottom of what’s happening in this world.