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Not a good finish. Skip it if you liked the other two.
on April 6, 2015
Read the first two, and I thought they were both pretty good... this last book is a dog though. It reads like the author is trying to unscramble an egg. Which is to say, it's problematic. Plot holes accumulate, and the lack of direction gives you plenty of time to consider both the problems with the story, and the problems with the writing.
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OK, I will try not to reveal too much, but the layers of improbability that bring person after person together, and connect them all to Snowman the Jimmy at first make the world fee very small and lacking depth... but then as the book concludes and character after character is removed you think. Well, maybe the writer just doesn't want to worry about writing about these people anymore. It has a perfunctory feel, and missed opportunities abound. I mean 3 of Jimmy's exes survive the apocalypse and get reunited with him... so maybe something interesting would happen? Nope.
Timelines are soft. Zeb / Toby age at seemingly different rates than other characters. OR something like that. Whatever it is, the time between key moments appears to shift with various narratives.
One little nit to pick... Toby's rifle. At some point i was so bored by the rambling pillow narrative of Zeb that I started thinking about toby and her rifle, and her time riding out the killer flu... and how the author so carefully describes many such details for key characters... but nope. just a thing, don't worry about it. I'm sure the rifle was at the spa.