Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Review: Savage Drift

Title: Savage Drift
Author: Emmy Laybourne
Series: Monument 14 #3
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: May 6, 2014
Source: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The stunningly fierce conclusion to Emmy Laybourne's Monument 14 trilogy.

The survivors of the Monument 14 have finally made it to the safety of a Canadian refugee camp. Dean and Alex are cautiously starting to hope that a happy ending might be possible.

But for Josie, separated from the group and trapped in a brutal prison camp for exposed Type Os, things have gone from bad to worse. Traumatized by her experiences, she has given up all hope of rescue or safety.

Meanwhile, scared by the government's unusual interest in her pregnancy, Astrid (with her two protectors, Dean and Jake in tow) joins Niko on his desperate quest to be reunited with his lost love Josie.

Author Emmy Laybourne reaches new heights of tension and romance in this action-packed conclusion to the Monument 14 trilogy.

After a bit of a bright spot with Sky on Fire, the Monument 14 trilogy settled back into mediocrity with Savage Drift.

This time we got alternative POV between Dean, who begins the story in a refugee camp near Vancouver, and Josie, who is in an O containment camp in Missouri. 

Throughout the series, the writing style has not been my favourite. It's stream-of-conciousness style, which isn't really my thing, especially combined with not really being a big fan of one of the narrators: Dean. I just didn't connect with Dean very well throughout the series. It has a lot to do with just not finding any common ground with him and some to do with just not being able to buy into a teenage boy falling in love with a girl pregnant from another man. Maybe Dean's a bigger person than I am or maybe that's just one of the crazy things love does to a person, but I just had a hard time buying it. It didn't help that I'm also not a fan of Astrid, so I guess I couldn't really see what the fuss was about.

Josie's POV was a bit better, but she go on my nerves a bit the way she was trying to cut herself off from everyone. I understand that it would be a totally normal reaction to what happened, but it's a bit annoying to read about over and over.

The best part of this series is definitely the plot. I love apocalyptic stories and that's definitely what kept me going through this series and kept the star rating up at 3. There was lots of tension that kept me flipping the pages excitedly to find out what happens.

Unfortunately, the ending/epilogue didn't really work for me. It was too neat and too happy. If that's you're thing, you enjoy it, but I prefer my endings to gritty stories to be a bit grittier. That's all I can say due to spoilers.

Overall, Savage Drift and the Monument 14 series in general was okay, but definitely doesn't make it onto my favourite series shelf.

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  1. I didn't love the first book (I did like it however) so I never continued on with the series but thought about picking up the second book after reading a good review of it but now with this review, I am rethinking that all over again LOL. I think, for now, I will pass and hold off a little longer before deciding on whether or not to continue this trilogy.

    Great honest review!!

  2. Yeah, I haven't started the series, didn't really appeal to me, kind of don't want to now either. I really hate it when they go downhill, especially the last in a series. I kind of understand a guy falling in love with someone pregnant with another guys baby, when they're older. So I guess it depends on how old they are- especially when it comes to believability. Sucks it wasn't as good for you (but hey, you saved me time- so thanks) ;)

  3. I haven't read the review since I plan on reading the series and don't really want to be spoiled, you know, BUT I'M SURE IT WAS FANTASTIC! Sad you didn't like this one more, but glad it was 3 stars at least!

  4. Hmmm . . . I have the first book in this series, and just recently saw a really good review of book 2, so I was thinking about moving this series up my TBR list. Now . . . maybe not.

    Jessica @ Rabid Reads

  5. I haven't picked this series up and think I will skip it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Megan, particularly on the writing style.

  6. Aww, you never want to hear that a series finale is mediocre. It should be the best of the bunch! Well, I've always like the plot and premise for this series, but I can't say it's a priority of mine to read. Thanks for the helpful review, Megan.

  7. Hmm, there a lot of 'meh' reviews for this series so I don't believe I'll bother reading it.

    Lovely review though! <33