The Reckoning by Marisa Noelle Review (Tour Stop)
The final instalment of The Unadjusteds trilogy…
THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER.
A NEW NEMESIS HAS AWOKEN.
Sinister visions of an evil entity with looming yellow eyes haunt Silver’s dreams, threatening to
destroy the new world she and her friends have created. The terrifying omens push Silver to
experiment with her abilities, but awaken a burgeoning thirst for more power.
As Silver walks a fine line between good and evil, her friends become wary of her intimidating
abilities. She finds understanding in a sympathetic newcomer, but their deepening friendship
drives an even deeper wedge between Silver and her suspicious friends.
Tragedy strikes during preparations for the final stand, bringing a terrible choice. Grief drives
Silver toward reckless actions that may doom the final battle. Can she repair the relationships
with her friends and control her powers before her vision becomes reality?
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to do this review a little differently. I feel I have to start off with the positives in hopes that they don’t get lost in the negatives.
First and foremost, this is the best written of the trilogy, and the best written story I’ve read by the author so far. The problems that I had with the pacing in the first two books are nonexistent. I wasn’t expecting such a strong finish in this regard, but I’m glad the series goes out on a high note.
The character interactions are also stellar. What helps is that there aren’t more than a dozen to keep track of (plus, the bulk of the book remains in one area), so I connected with all the big players in a deeper way than I had in the previous books. Being able to do this rounded out the action and suspense, which made for a satisfying ride.
I liked Silver more than I did in the first two books. Not that I despised her before, but she’s much more human in this novel. This is likely due to the author’s better crafting ability, which is always a good sign. I adore characters that make me care, and I will also back authors that are capable of doing so.
Now the cons…
These next two points are spoiler-ish, but I can’t discuss them without coming right out and addressing them by name. They’re also too big of issues for me to overlook. They are the sole reasons why this book went from a 5 star rating down to a three.
I’m not the biggest fan of time travel. Never have been, never will be. If it’s used sparingly or it’s not overly explained, I can go along with the idea. Hell, I love all the Back to the Future movies, and I wouldn’t if I was too critical of the premise.
So, time travel is not my cup of tea, but I’ll drink it under the right circumstances. This was not one of those times. The trilogy falls in the science-fiction genre, and while the genetic modifications are a little out there, most of them are within the realm of science. Altering time is not there, especially in how it’s introduced. Much of this book feels like it jumps from science-fiction into fantasy, and this does the trilogy a disservice. I believe it could have gone out on a strong finish had the author kept the genre on the same train of thought she’d started with.
Time travel in itself wouldn’t have been as grating if wasn’t coupled with the dead not staying dead. One of the worst cliches an author can do is kill off someone only to bring them back right at the end. It’s cheap emotional manipulation and renders my journey with that character, and how their deaths impact the main character, pointless.
There is no readability with the trilogy. The punches have been pulled. The last thirty pages ruined what was a pretty decent story.
I was so, so excited when this book got going, and it pains me to say that it wasn’t worth my excitement. I only recommend this book if you’re someone who must complete a series. Otherwise, make up your own ending after book two.
BUT… Don’t give up on this author. This book shows me that she has so much potential, and I want to read more by her. One of the reasons I’m so upset is because with a better ending, this book is incredible. Despite how disappointed I am, I’m glad to have found her.
Marisa Noelle is the writer of middle grade & young adult novels in the genres of science-fiction,
fantasy & mental health including The Shadow Keepers, The Unadjusteds Trilogy (The
Unadjusteds, The Rise of the Altereds, & The Reckoning), and The Mermaid Chronicles –
Secrets of the Deep.
She is a mentor for the Write Mentor program that helps aspiring MG & YA authors. With dual
citizenship, Marisa has lived on both sides of the Atlantic and uses settings in both the USA and
UK as inspiration for her novels.
When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she
likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words.
Despite being an avid bookworm from the time she could hold a book, being an author came as
a bit of a surprise to her as she was a bit of a science geek at school. She lives in Woking, UK
with her husband and three children. You can find her on Twitter @MarisaNoelle77 or her
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