I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this from the publisher, Feiwel and Friends. This is a series that I have enjoyed the whole way through. And the final book in the series was definitely full of all kinds of twists and turns. Moments of holding your breath, and not wanting to put the book down. Even when I had to go back to work from lunch break. There are definitely spoilers below, so stop reading now if you haven’t read the 1st or 2nd book.
This was another good ending to a series. At the end of book two most of the kids from the first book ended up in a safe place in Canada. Not Josie, who had gone “O” in order to save those who were with her. Well now she’s been captured and is in a detainment camp for O’s in Missouri. Now I loved this since I am from Missouri. And it was even more fun to read as it is located at the campus of University of Missouri, where my sister went to college. Remember that Astrid was pregnant with Jake’s baby at the end of book 2. The camp they’re staying at has seen some things happening to people. Pregnant women have disappeared. And so Astrid is worried about going to the doctor because she’s afraid that will happen to her too. Then they see something about Josie being in Missouri, and now Niko wants to go get her out of the camp. This camp isn’t great. We get the book from two points of view, Dean, and Josie. So what we learn about Josie’s camp is that it is not a good place. While she is able to stay with the women and children, all the men in her dorm are on the first floor. Except Mario, the older man who had helped Josie and her friends in book 2. He actually stayed with Josie after she had killed a man to save her friends, and helped her get back to “normal”. Many of the men have formed into gangs. It seems a lot like a prison. So not only do she and Mario, and a group of kids that have no parents around, have to deal with these gangs, there is also a guard who seems to have it out for Josie. And, the dream again is for everyone to get to Niko’s uncle’s farm and all live happily ever after.
Of course there will be obstacles to getting there. And not everyone may make it. Astrid’s pregnancy isn’t going normally. And there are now something called drifts. These drifts are supposedly clouds of all the bad chemicals that are now in the air from all the things that caused the disasters. We meet some new people along the way, good and bad. But in the end, it is all tied up neatly.
I have to admit that about 50 pages before the end, I was thinking that there must be another book, because I couldn’t for the life of me see how in the world they would tie all these things up that were happening to everyone! But it was done in a pretty good way. Although one loose end/problem was fixed in a very quick, almost too quick way. But not an unbelievable way. A great post-apocalyptic type series, a good read, I was sucked in, although at first it did take me a chapter or two to get back into it. The two person viewpoints worked for two reasons. One, different font. Two, the people in the story were in different places, so you could tell what was happening right away.