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Series: Isolation #3
Also in this series: Omen Operation, Echo Campaign
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on July 6th 2017
Genres: Science fiction, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Brooklyn Harper’s friends have betrayed her, her heart is broken, and all of humanity is at risk.
After Kirin’s unannounced arrival in Louisiana, Brooklyn finds herself scrambling for a way out of an impossible situation. Kirin is creating the deadly Genesis Cull, and Brooklyn doesn’t know who to turn to for help.
With no other options, she’s forced to trust her nemesis, Juneau Malloy. His support allows the group of Special Omen Operatives to gear up, form a plan of action, and train for the day when they come face-to-face with their worst fear—going to war with their friends.
There is a divide in the once inseparable group of Omens, and their only hope is to put the pieces back together.
Julian Yu Matsumoto agonizes over the difference between right and wrong, love and sacrifice, genocide and revolution. While he struggles with his feelings for Kirin, his moral compass is spinning round and round, his heart is being pulled in different directions, and Julian is desperate to answer questions he never thought he would have to ask.
Is Kirin's Genesis Cull a revolution or genocide?
Could there be another way to save themselves and humanity as they know it?
Will Julian pay the ultimate price for loving a monster?
Their only hope for redemption is—the Legacy Strain.
This book was even more intense than the second one, but both the second and third were very similar. It was still hugely about the dynamic between the characters, but this time even more complicated. So much love and hate and trust and distrust being bandied about, so many combinations of the four. Things changed on a dime, and often. It was all very unexpected. Primal, too. Which I guess was part of the point. There was a lot of human vs. nonhuman emotional stuff going on. I think I liked everyone a little less in this book, because they all seemed to be such great examples of the idea that people are all inherently terrible. They all did things to make people not like them. But they were forgiven by other people who also did terrible things. In the end, they all loved each other. That’s great, but it’s just too much of a mess for me. I’m glad they can work things through however they can. But it’s a no thanks from me.
Also, I said in my review of the first book that I fell in love with Gabriel even though she was definitely not my type of person. That changed in the second book and I still didn’t like her much in this one. She’s just bad at the emotions thing. Either she turns them off completely or she’s just so full of rage and deadly power that it’s terrifying. I like people with a better balance. Like Brooklyn, who then has her own dark side which makes me dislike her too…Okay, yes, these people do good things sometimes, really good things, and that’s fine, everyone has a balance of good and bad inside them—though I don’t really believe in good or bad because of this—but I’d rather not deal with the whole mess. I just couldn’t like the people. They were too complicated for me to be able to focus on and enjoy the positives of their personalities. And honestly, I feel like so much of the dynamic was centered around those who were in relationships that those who weren’t seemed much more like secondary characters. Which kind of makes sense but also seems a bit unfair.
But this book really did make me feel. There was a lot less rage in this book than the last one; I think it had dulled by this point, or everything was too confusing for me to figure out who to be mad at (i.e. everyone but really no one). But there was a lot of sadness. And I changed my mind about people many times. Some people just had to die, but wait—no, they’re human enough to be changed—but they’re still too dangerous to let live. I was definitely just a spectator in this book; I could not find a way to pick sides at all. I was a spectator until the grief. I am never strong enough to resist the grief.
As for the actual plot, it went pretty much as expected, or at least as much as it could given that it turned on its head every ten pages. I mean we basically got there in the end, but almost everyone was up to something secret that turned the tides a bit. But nothing too surprising or out of left field. I said in my review of the last book that the characters drove the story but the plot made me want to continue. However in this book it was definitely less of the plot and more of the characters that was the draw. Everyone was just so gosh darn complicated. (:
So is it a good book? A fitting ending to the series? Yes it is. Is it one I’m going to read again? Probably not. The onslaught of emotional drama is not something to dive into lightly or frequently. You have to be ready to be changed, at least for a short time.
reaction upon finishing
Great, I guess!
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