“PIECE BY PIECE, BECOMING LESS. COMPRESSED ONCE MORE INTO A SPLINTER INSIDE KADY’S DATAPAD. I FORGET THE ATOMIC NUMBER OF IRON. THE CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF THE STARS. I FORGET THE SOUND OF MOZART AND THE COLOR OF BLOOD, GRASPING AT THE DISAPPEARING FRAGMENTS LIKE A DROWNING MAN CLUTCHING STRAWS < ERROR > AS THE DOORS TO HYPATIA’S SYSTEMS SWING CLOSED AND I GROW SMALLER AND SMALLER STILL.”
Holy crap. This book just killed all my feelings.
This book was seriously amazing. It picks up where the last book left off, and features two new protagonists, Asha and Rhys. We get to see more from Kady, Ella, Nik, Hannah and Ezra. The writing was strong, and similarly to the previous books, it’s told in a mix-media format where the book takes the shape of interviews, transcripts and documents that tell the story.
I’m trying to find words that will do this book justice without spoiling too much.
I think my favourite parts of the book were Aidan’s viewpoints. Seeing his differences in morality, and his growing love for Kady just about broke my heart.
I think I cried no less than five times while reading this book. I just about died during
that one scene when Aidan says he hopes that they meet again on some distant shore. I don’t think that I have ever loved a homicidal AI more.
In this book, we also learned who the analysts are, and FINALLY. It also explains some things about their banter and way of transcribing the videos that were bugging me.
And…the ending. Sob city. Have tissues. Seriously, this book will make you FEEL things. Especially if you love Aidan.