My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I can’t review this without spoilers- and we’re talking MAJOR plot points- so read at your own risk because I’m giving everything away.
I am obviously in the minority because most of my friends (and it seems most readers) really enjoyed this book. But holy Morgan Freeman…
This book made no sense. It was entertaining enough. I enjoyed reading it, but it’s one of those books that you can’t think about too hard. If you think about it too hard, you start to hate it because the entire thing just falls apart.
This story could have been good, but it’s like the authors accidentally published their notes and storyboards. Nothing was well developed. The world-building is pathetic. We’re talking bare minimum. They have this awesome paranormal story line with the Whispers who were trapped on the planet by Lilac’s father, but this entire plot point is pretty much glossed over. It’s like Kaufman and Spooner considered explaining who the Whispers were and where they came from and then just threw their hands up in the air and gave up.
Lilac dies in this book. She blows up a building and is impaled by a piece of shrapnel and dies. Tarver buries her. BUT JUST KIDDING. She’s back because the Whispers can bring people/things/whatever back from the dead because science.
Regardless of the fact that Lilac’s death seemed to be just a cheap trick for shock value because they immediately bring her back from the dead (seriously. this felt so incredibly lazy), it’s never properly explained. The Whispers “bring back” or “create” a number of other things in the book (a flower and a canteen), but those things eventually turn to dust after a certain amount of time. It’s never explained why Lilac 2.0 isn’t going to turn to dust. I guess… Because science… Lilac will be the only thing the Whispers have ever created that won’t turn to dust after a couple of weeks. Thanks for that logical explanation.
The end of this book where Lilac blackmails her father into letting her be with Tarver is silly too. Her father blows up the planet they were shipwrecked on… So Lilac has no proof of anything. It would be her word against the most powerful man in the universes. Nope. You lose, Lilac.
I feel like the authors had a great idea for a story, but let the romance sub-plot totally take over. They did anything for the 2 main characters to have their totally perfect happily ever after. Letting the romance take over was totally detrimental to the book as a whole. When Lilac died, I was hooked. Whoa! Ballsy! You killed off the female lead?! Where are you going with this? Nowhere. She immediately comes back from the dead because reasons.
That is all. This book was horrible.