This is a satisfying conclusion to an enjoyable series. I’m happy I read this trilogy. It’s sci-fi, but it somehow still manages to be light. It’s fast paced and easy to read with memorable characters.
The writing is pretty, and the story is imaginative. The problem for me is that the characters are just a bit too flat and underdeveloped to be truly interesting. It’s not that I’m not interested at all. It’s just that I wanted so much more from everyone. They needed to be a little less “caricature” –like, the good girl, the bad boy, the pretty flirt, the abusive father, etc. I also really wanted the relationships between characters to be deeper and more faceted.
It does remind me a bit of Night Circus, which definitely isn’t a mark in its favor, as I had similar complaints with that story. I could have done with less fancy sentences and just a bit more depth in characters and relationships. I needed more than just the surface level stuff and the major plot points.
Also, despite the overabundance of description in this story, I felt like it was light on actual world building. I had a lot of description but not enough about the actual world and how everything within it worked and why.
Again, I still gave it 4 stars, so I found many other things interesting and charming about this story. It just didn’t live up to its full potential, at least, not for me. I’m not sure if I will continue on and read book 2 or not. I guess I have a year to figure that out.
It’s a 3.5, that after careful consideration, I decided deserved to be rounded down, instead of up. I like both authors, but this didn’t come together to create a story I loved. It was just okay.