By Samantha Shannon
This book was intense. That’s the only word I can think of to describe it. Still trying to cope with her mounting PTSD, Paige has a very limited window of opportunity to stabilize the Syndicate of London clairvoyants before Scion, the militarized body of government determined to destroy them, catches up with her. We see Paige grappling with the reality of her situation as Underqueen, knowing she’ll have to make some incredibly difficult decisions if she wants to protect the clairvoyant population and survive this war. I liked the change of pace in this third installment because London is not the sole backdrop of the story. Paige and her main group of followers are on the hunt for a way to destroy SenShield, the program Scion developed to weed out the clairvoyant population, which brings them into contact with previously unknown clairvoyant sectors of the U.K. I loved seeing the different communities of voyants with their own levels hierarchy and their interactions with each other. There’s a lot of mass destruction, evading the government, reconnaissance missions, and bloodshed in this book. They left things pretty open at the end, so we’ll have to wait and see what challenges await Paige and Warden as they venture onward in their fight for freedom.
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