Even though I hadn’t read the first two books in the trilogy, I was able to pick up the plot line and figure out what was going on. I was, however, surprised at how slow and tedious the book was at times, since third books are generally action-packed. I found Ruby to be extremely annoying and far too obsessed with events in the past that she blamed herself for. Furthermore, for someone who was supposedly aware of Clancy’s dangerously powerful mind manipulations, I found it unrealistic that he could have manipulated her mind for so long without her knowledge. Ruby’s relationship with Liam was not well fleshed out, and I found the Liam-Cole rivalry to be forced. I did enjoy the premise, but dystopian plot lines in general are becoming old.
Recommended as optional purchase for gr. 9-12.