by Paul Hoffman
Strangely, it was a much less violent ending than the one I expected. And, really, there’s no way anyone would call this book violence-free.
There is, after all, two instances of death by slow bludgeoning.
And, still, I felt it milder than the previous two. It might be because there were fewer deaths where Thomas Cale was directly involved and observing? I think I will blame it all on the strange and debilitating sickness that brings him down from the avenging angel thing he had going on before.
I think this is ultimately a sad story, with a sad and anti-climatic ending. But it is the only way it could have gone. After all the suffering, the betrayals, the loss, and the life-or-death battles won… the only thing left for Cale is an absolute disappointment. And we’re left not knowing what becomes of him.
He gave everything of himself to save a world that didn’t want him. they were so afraid of him because they didn’t understand him; because he didn’t operate under the same twisted and corrupt rules as they did. Bu, because it was the only way they knew, his way (that in no way was better nor worse) was simply scary and unacceptable.
And the three boys raised for nothing more but murder in a horrible place, don’t understand the world any more than the world understands them. And they have only each other and their war effort.
And then, not even that.
I really liked this series. I liked that it made me think about the silly things that have become acceptable in our society only because it is the only way we know. I liked that it makes fun of our baser selves without being funny. And I liked that this all continues to feel familiar while feeling totally new.
What I didn’t like was the strange illness that weakens and kind of disfigures Thomas Cale in this book. I didn’t see the point of it, and it felt like it was making the book unnecessarily long and slow at times.
I don’t know if I would read the third one again, but I definitely enjoyed the whole series and felt it was given a satisfying ending.
No closure whatsoever. That feels like the right kind of end for this story.