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- Print Length: 370 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: December 2, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QHMU0PU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,744 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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WHAT I LIKED
- Sakavic's dialogue continues to be some of the best-paced, hard-hitting dialogue I've experienced. The characters pull no punches, especially in conversations involving Aaron, Andrew, Kevin, and Neil - in any combination.
- The slow and tentative intimacy in the primary romantic relationship is so very sweet it hurt my heart with hope and affection. The pace of its development over three books made it all the more right as it progressed to something more in this final book. I would say more, but I want to avoid spoilers. I *will* say that I loved these scenes and this story line so much that I have started re-reading the book immediately, even though I just finished it yesterday.
- I love Exy. Every game had me on the edge of my seat. It occurred to me at one point that there might be readers who don't get into the several-page depictions of the Exy games, but I figure those people probably weren't sports lovers to begin with. Even so, I suspect it's hard to write sports action that comes across with the same intensity you would experience when watching a sports event. Sakavic *nails* it.
- Sakavic has a disturbingly deft hand with violence. Any better, and I would empathetically feel what she writes - and god help me, I don't want to.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
- Some plot lines wrapped up a little too neatly for me, but I imagine it was a struggle for Sakavic to determine what to resolve in a "safe for the rest of their lives" kind of way and what to leave as "this will continue to be hard". I would have leaned toward having more "this will continue to be hard" plot lines, but my husband often teases me about how brutal I want the endings of hard stories to be. Definitely, your mileage may vary on this point. :)
Once again, the book is painful at some places – Neil really can’t catch a break, poor guy. Those scenes were hard to read through, and worse was how the Foxes react to it. You can see that despite the team not being united on the court, when it comes to Neil they all love him too much to not be on the same side. And Neil, who had made his mission to fade away by the end of the year, for him to be so loved – that was so heart-warming. It has been a tremendously eventful journey for him, right from the boy on the run to the man who now stands his ground. Not to say everything worked out the way he wanted – he had to make some compromises, but the family and friends he gains overall feel like a prize for his pain. For their part, the Foxes, including Coach and Abby make for a dysfunctional but loving family.
Not that this book is all pain and gloom though. There are some amazing game scenes – Exy being sort of like lacrosse, it wasn’t that difficult to imagine it, but the writing shines through in such scenes, bringing it out vividly in your mind. Another place the writing really speaks is between the characters – the subtle setting of the scene, the slow unveiling of feelings and emotions through gestures rather than words; it all speaks for a well-thought out process. And of course, the budding romance between Neil and Andrew is too hot to handle. I liked that Andrew starts to come out of his prickly thorn cage a little more, and considering his past, it is a big progress on his part, but sometimes I did wish he wasn’t so controlling! The team sort of united in the end, I guess, but a lot of the book was still spent on them squabbling among each other. It is pretty realistic, if you think about it, the way most of the threads were tied up, and from the start it has been a great series, so this book has all my love.
I read this book A LOT slower than the previous 2. Not because I didn't like it; if possible, it was even better than the first 2 books. It was because I wasn't ready to let them go. I needed to savour this first reading because I knew it would have to end. At the same time, this book (and this whole trilogy) kept me up late every night...to the point where I was getting mad at my eyes for daring to close on me!
This book is not easy reading. There were parts where I felt...nauseous? Like I could not bear to read one more word without throwing my phone across the room. This trilogy has a lot of dark themes. It's not at all a cutesy contemporary. Its complex characters and deeply moving messages of friendship, acceptance, belonging, choice, and free will make this trilogy one of the, if not THE, best that I have read in a long time. I will forever love the friend who convinced me to read it, and the friends that I made while we read together.
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