Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong

The Reckoning is the third book in the Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. The trilogy follows four teenagers: Chloe, Derek, Simon and Tori. These four teens are genetically supercharged since their genes were experimented on by the Edison Group. The last book follows them while they are still running from the Edison Group and searching for Derek and Simon’s dad.

The third book starts out really strong keeping the reader guessing about whom they can trust in the story. Chloe narrates the story and as a reader you instinctively trust many of the characters through her eyes. The relationships are extremely believable and well developed in this story. All four teens have complex personalities that Armstrong explores in her writing.

However, Armstrong falls short on the ending. The ending feels very rushed as the book spends several hundred pages building up for a final scene that lasts only a few chapters. In addition, the ending leaves more to be desired. The series is a trilogy and therefore ends with this book however the ending seems to be left open.

Overall the book is a great read for those looking for a paranormal book with thought involved. The reader will constantly question whom to trust and try to keep up with all of the action and changing in plans. Armstrong does a great job detailing the different conflicts in the book although the love aspect is not center stage as in some paranormal YA books. If you are looking for a twilight style love story this is not the book for you. However, if you are looking for an action packed story with a hint of love this is the right book for you.

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