- File Size: 2279 KB
- Print Length: 803 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: March 17, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQN98N9
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,169 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Matsumoto Trilogy: Omnibus Edition Kindle Edition
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This trilogy reads similar to a young adult star wars novel, but with an added layer of culture and conflict. It is a wonderful intersection between Space Opera and Dystopian with fresh twists in all the right places. Even better, it's a clean read without excessive violence, but it still holds on to that gritty character-focused tension that is so popular in the genre today. Purchasing the box set is a great idea because not only does the story get progressively better with each installment, the books do end on a bit of a cliffhanger, which I personally love. I found it very helpful to have the next book within easy access.
All in all, this is a thoroughly enjoyable, fast-paced read with some great themes and is perfect for older teens and adult YA readers alike.
The character development across the series was well done and the reader watches Vera grow from a selfish brat to a strong, caring woman. In the first book, I could feel the embarrassment and humiliation as Vera struggles to find herself after being cast away from all she has known. There was a somewhat awkward transition as the author moves Vera from an established role into a much less clear role. I liked that she became a "typical" teen and would not listen to good advice, as this made her "real". I did not figure out the mystery behind her quest but it was a satisfying revelation. The ending was not enjoyable but understandable. While not exactly a cliffhanger, it did make me want to read the next book immediately.
As much as I liked The Ex-Pacifist, The Splitting was much better. While the previous book had some minor transition points, the plot grabbed me at the beginning and did not let go. Vera awakens to a crisis and moves from one dangerous situation to another. The plot is skillfully peeled back like a onion, revealing layer under layer of unexpected twists and insights. We watch Vera endure and overcome multiple trials as she recognizes her unfolding identity. Underlying themes of totalitarian rule, hidden population experimentation, and trust issues add richness to the story. The dialog felt real and fluid. The writing was more polished and flowing than the previous book, which was good on its own. The ending was satisfying while setting me up for the next book.
The Matsumoto was even better than the second book. With its own unique set of twists and unexpected events, the last book brought love, betrayal, political intrigue, political insanity, and grief all together in an oh-so-satisfying conclusion. Sarah K. L. Wilson has become one of my favorite authors simply because of this series with its excellent pacing, vivid descriptions, and tight plotting. I grew closer and closer to the characters, especially Vera. The character description and development engaged me throughout. I hardily recommend you purchase the boxset as you will want to read these books non-stop.
I did receive these book for free for an honest review, which is what this is.
I also enjoyed this book for the pacing - not to give too many spoilers but once Vera is stripped of her titles and dispatched on a suicide mission the mystery and action comes fast and furious, and I found myself frantically flipping pages to see how it would all resolve. I'm sure other inveterate readers know what I'm referring to, when you're reading as fast as you can because you just want to KNOW how it all turns out.
I really enjoyed seeing the changes Vera goes through as the story progresses. At first, she's kind of selfish, spoiled, even a bit of a clothes hound. But that all changes as she faces great obstacles and long odds - and as she learns that there are things more important than even her own life.
A great read for all ages.
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