Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)
This book had potential. After my surprising enjoyment of the first book, the summary of the second prompted me to pick it up. It didn't take long before I started wishing I hadn't.
It's really the main character who ruined most of the book, the author/unbelievable events killed off the rest of my enjoyment.
The first book opened with a teenage girl, Cora, riding in a car driven by her brother. Snowy road, mountain pass... Chapter two started with her waking up somewhere else. A grasslands. Walk an hour in one direction, she found the ocean. Turn around and walk in the other direction, she found a snowy mountain. Other direction, desert. Etc. She (and I) assumed that she was dead, that she had died on that snowy road.
Then she meets another kid, a boy. Love Interes-- I mean Lucky. Lucky is the most boring, bland, unint--*yawn* The two of them explore, find a small handful of other teenagers. Then an alien shows up. Eight feet tall, black eyes, skin made of what looks like metal, and "beautiful". He tells them that sorry, but Earth was destroyed. His race are caretakers of "lesser" species and he's set this small group up here. They've made it the most Earth-like as possible, will feed them three times a day, and they can earn toys/games/candy by doing puzzles. He outright tells them the puzzles are there to challenge them, to give them something to do, so they won't get bored.
While the Earth being destroyed is bad, isn't that the best possible outcome a person could hope for?
Nope. Cora is a bitch endlessly. She's the worst teenager you could imagine. The alien caretaker, Cassian, loved Cora as well, setting up the most interesting of love triangles.
In book two we learn how much Cassian is really doing for the humans: There's a very small part of his race who think humans should be an equal species, not a lesser one, and they're working against their own people to make that happen. Cassian is one of the leaders of that movement. He tells her outright all of his plans. He lays out for her how he is going to get humans elevated. He tells her exactly what he needs her to do, what will happen each step of the way, and why things are important. And yet this idiot teenager decides that he is the enemy. Yes, he did lie to her once when he first met her, but he explained to her why he did it and why he had to do it.
I swear to god, I hated Cora so much. While white-bread bland, Lucky was a good kid, and loves her. Cassian is a great adult, an interesting alien, and for lord knows what reason, loved the brat as well.
On top of me frowning endlessly each time Cora showed up (a problem, as she's the main character), this book had unbelievable thing after unbelievable thing starting to happen, and eventually it got to be too much. I stopped reading at the 62% point.
I am slightly curious about how part of the trilogy will end. I know that Cora will succeed in the tests Cassian is helping her with and save humanity/elevate them to an equal species, but I am curious as to how the love triangle will resolve.
I suspect Cora will end up with Lucky, Cassian losing his life to help save the humans. But it could go the other way... So what do you think, readers? Which way will the author conclude the love triangle in the as yet unpublished third book?
How will the love triangle end?
Cassian will die, leaving Cora to pair up with Lucky
Lucky will die, leaving Cora to pair up with Cassian
Both will die, neither will die, or some other thing
Unfortunately, as I won't be reading the third book, I'll likely never know for sure.