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- ASIN : B075M2DZ5Z
- Publisher : Nightlight Press (November 6, 2017)
- Publication date : November 6, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2308 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 402 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,041 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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While the first instalment of this series left me wanting more, I unfortunately feel that the series has been on a downhill slope since then. Although The Girl Who Dared to Descend is almost 400 pages in length, these are almost entirely filler. The cliffhanger of The Girl Who Dared to Stand is swiftly resolved and, after this, the tone of the novel abruptly changes. While previous plot points - including Paragon, the hunt for the other AI and the possible existence of life outside of the Tower - are occasionally touched upon, these are largely swept aside. Instead, the plot this time focuses on a lengthy contest.
The Tourney felt very typically dystopian, and personally I did not think this was a good thing. It took the form of a series of trials that tested the skills that Knights excelled at in order to determine who would become the new Champion. The focus on Liana and her friends competing in this contest really caused the plot to stall. The addition of Ambrose as a character felt a bit superfluous at this stage, as he did not make much of an impression and detracted attention away from the other more pressing plot points that should have taken up Liana's time.
I also found the narrative a little exhausting to read this time. While the Tourney could have been exciting, it just served to make me aware that the author has a habit of telling the reader things, rather than showing them. Liana spent pages outlining every strategy to the reader before proceeding and frequently repeated the same information - primarily how much she missed Grey - over and over. With a tight edit to remove all repetition of information, the novel would probably have been about a hundred pages shorter.
The novel also ramped up to a very sudden cliffhanger that completely took me by surprise. While this series has largely been pretty tame to this point, the final sting was shockingly violent and may be disturbing for sensitive readers. It also resolved nothing, only serving to raise more questions about the many competing factions within the Tower while explaining nothing.
In terms of character, the novel has a lot of issues. Liana still does not feel like a twenty year old. Her preoccupation with her relationship with Grey and generally childish naivety make her feel as though she is much younger than this. I also found her to be rather irritating in this novel, as people rarely seem to question her behaviour any more. Liana is rapidly becoming a sort of Mary-Sue - infallible and massively competent in world full of people who are far less so.
As most other characters are relegated to the background this time around, the only other protagonist of note is Leo. While I won't go into this much for fear of spoilers, I will say that he is one of the brightest points in the novel as he adds some much needed humour to the tale. Unfortunately, Liana is so focused on herself that the novel rarely takes the time to detail Leo's development as he learns more about humanity. This was disappointing, as it did feel as though his plot line had been shunted onto the back-burner in this instalment.
So, in all, I was really disappointed by this one. I will probably pick up the next instalment at some point to see if it gets back on track, but I'm not really in any hurry to find out.
If you enjoy young adult distopian books like the hunger games, or divergent, then you should like this as it is similar genre.
I have read a few other series by Bella Forrest. I enjoyed them all, I like her style of writing. Her books are interesting, and not too heavy, they are easy to read.
My favourite this about this book is how it is set in the same dyatopian world as another series she wrote, this made it more interesting and was what made me want to read it in the first place. I found that I like these books even more than the other series I read though!
It has awesome, well fleshed out main characters, an unbelievable storyline and cliff hanger endings.
A real page turner that keeps you on the edge of your seat every time!
Try it, you will love this series.