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The Dirt Walkers (The Surface's End Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Sequels are notoriously difficult, especially if the author did not plan a series from the beginning. (As I as a writer know, being nearly done the first draft of the sequel to my own book Empire’s Daughter.) The Dirt Walkers continues the story of Jonah, the boy from the wildlands, and Talitha, the girl from the underground city, as they move toward the consummation of their relationship; as well, the story considers the inevitable tensions created for the community and for Talitha as they adjust to each other, and especially the aftershocks and consequences of Talitha’s defection from the underground community.
For those readers wanting to know more about what happened to Jonah and Talitha, the book serves to tell that story. But in comparison with the first, which I described as ‘compulsively readable’, The Dirt Walkers pales. Too much of the story is told to us, rather than shown in the actions of characters, and some of what I saw as the more important aspects – Talitha’s culture shock, for one – are glossed over, mentioned but not really dealt with. Perhaps because more of the action of the story is concerned with what is happening underground, not enough attention is given to the people of the wildlands. Talitha and Jonah are almost minor characters in this book, and I found the easy resolution (I can’t say more without spoilers) difficult to fully believe.
Overall, I’m giving The Dirt Walkers three stars.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
It wraps up the story about what happens to Jonathan and Talitha after they escape from the underground world... as the results of their attempt to get the truth out to the other inhabitants of that world.
Although I appreciate the societal observations / truths that the book makes about those in power, I did not find the sequel as compelling as the first. For me, it lacks the same tension and suspense that I felt during the first. And the ending is perhaps a tad- too happy / too easy for me to believe.
But it is well-written and an easy, enjoyable read. But not anywhere near as engrossing as the first book