My brain explodes with awesome as I read these stories.
Pierce Brown is like the Joss Whedon of YA Sci-Fi novels.
ME: This character is awesome!
PB: *character dies*
ME: I love this character!
PB: *charcter dies brutally
ME: THIS IS MY FAVORITE CHARACTER OF ALL TIME!
PB: *massacre ensues: character dies, as well as his best friend and sister*
ME: I hate this guy. Worst character ever. So boring and blah. Whatevs.
PB: YOU LIE. YOU LOVE HIM. *character dies, is resurrected, and DIES AGAIN*
Also, everyone is required to be happy in solidarity when the 2nd book in a series really delivers, because there’s nothing quite so heartbreaking as reading book #2 and encountering. . . meh. This is as far from meh as a book can get.