In the riveting conclusion to the acclaimed dystopian series, a boy and girl caught in the chaos of war face devastating choices that will decide the fate of a world.
As a world-ending war surges around them, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilized to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And as the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare, the projected will of the few threatens to overwhelm the desperate desire of the many. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: To follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? To believe in redemption, or assume it is lost? Becoming adults amid the turmoil, Todd and Viola question all they have known, racing through horror and outrage toward a shocking finale.
Just when Todd and Viola finally have the Mayor at their mercy Viola has to go and meet the scout ship and Todd is left with the decision of what to do about the Spackle who are advancing on them. With no other choice he lets the Mayor be untied and once again they find themselves on different sides of the fighting and unable to communicate. However neither forget about the other and their actions are fuelled by their growing love for one another. They are told though that they cannot make war personal and soon their actions are getting not just them but they whole planet into trouble.
There is one among the spackle though who has revenge on his mind and is taken under the wing of their leader to keep him at peace because what is really wanted is peace for the planet. It almost happens. The Spackle have more than one secret that will change the course of the war. However it is also this that changes the Mayor and just when things have finally settled everything seems lost again.
Viola and Todd continue fighting for on another though and it might just be enough to pull everyone through.
I really, really enjoyed the final book in this series. I was slightly concerned when I read reviews that talked of it just being 600 pages of war but although it was it was engaging every step of the way. I loved that through out the whole book we were still trying to guess who was the good leader, who was really wanting to do right for the planet. In this book we see both begin to weaken slightly and why they see so much in Viola and Todd and I almost think there is a theme of leadership through the book. This is seen also in the new voice that we are introduced to in this book. I found those sections of the book sometimes a little harder to read at pace but it was really interesting to find out more from the character and how their position was very similar to the Todd and Viola’s.
This is my favourite book in the series by far. There was a lot going on and the nature of the war changed through out the book but this made it interesting. I was really surprised by how each character was developed and the changes they made through out the book but also by the ending. There was no way I would have guessed it.
I think what makes this an interesting dystopian is that it isn’t very far away from what we could have if it weren’t for the issues raised by nature on the new planet. However it is dealing with the issue of power and that is something that we can’t get away from because if we were all equal could we really function effectively?