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Indeed, Dr. Latimer and Stephen are representative of the two main views one could take of such issues as law and justice. Latimer is sorrowful, saying even the villains don't deserve what the monster did to them. Stephen, on the other hand, is kinda okay with it. I don't think he likes or approves of it, but it's no skin off his nose either. These are really awful and evil people and they got what they deserved. It's interesting as an exercise for the reader to gauge with whom they are closest in reaction to this as an actual question of justice. Is it Latimer or Stephen? So this isn't a question of deep, personal morality as much as the moral mindset one has.
Of course, one benefit of the scenario is that, due to evil Kat being erased, all the bad guys are gone or dead, with more to be in prison later on, and the killer is also "dead" in a manner of speaking. So it was a villain doing the dirty work, which is something we see often in fiction. The bad guy kills another bad guy and then is arrested or killed themselves. Done badly, it can seem like a villainous version of a Deus ex machina for the hero. Here it was done well, I believe.
The final areas I want to touch on are world building and characterization. First off, the world building. It was absolutely immersive and detailed without being too descriptive and boring. I really got the idea of thinking of this steampunk technology as workable. I was right there in the story watching and marveling at this stuff. I could see myself on the airship, in the tents of the military camp, so on. This was really cool!
As for characterization, well, it's important to me as those who have read my reviews well know. I think that some more effort on other folks than Kat and Stephen, and a few others, would have helped make the motivations and mindsets of more characters clear to me. This is because the characters we *did* get into the heads of gave us a good sense of who they are. We saw their inner workings and learned some of how their minds work and how or why they think as they do. That helped to explain their actions and make them more rootable, if you will.
This was an enjoyable and suspenseful work with some great world building, and good characterization, that also presents questions of justice and morality to the reader. I recommend it. I just wish more questions were answered. Like what happened to Kat's friend in the end? And other questions, to be sure.
Rating: 4/5 Stars.
The story picks up right where the first book left off. Despite Stephen’s daring rescue at the tower, it takes a while for Kat to trust him again. Kat is trying to keep the monster within at bay while they desperately search for Dr. Latimer, the only person who may be able to save her from herself. As Stephen learns more about how Kat gained her horrific powers, he can’t help but fear what may become of her. If they don’t find a way to reverse the experiment, she may be lost forever.
I loved the world Morgan crafted in this story. Airships, automatons, it’s like an imaginative version of the World’s Fair. The characters were full of life, I loved how Stephen and Kat were two broken people trying to find hope in a broken world. They didn't necessarily know where they stood with God in the beginning, Stephen slowly finding his way back and Kat questioning His existence. The story wasn’t preachy but there was some artful shadowing of God’s provision and grace in the hard times. There were a few spots where they got off a little too easy and some characters were just a little too willing to help, but overall it really wasn’t much of a problem for the story. The author didn’t hold back in this story. The story gracefully covered some pretty gritty territory. I loved it.
I did receive an advance copy in order to post an early review, however I pre-ordered it the day it became available so I’m not going to count that. I’ll definitely read this book again!
Where the first book was about discovering what was wrong with her, the second is very much about fixing it. Inside Kat is a power that is growing, and it will consume her soul if she doesn't get it out.
This is very hard for me to write this review without spoilers. I will say that this is, at its core, a spiritual story. It's not preachy, it isn't even really a conversion story. What it is a really powerful portrayal of a soul's need for love, acceptance, and ultimately -- redemption.
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