(I received this book for free as part of Goodreads First Reads giveaways).
(This review may contain spoilers).
I don’t see very much fiction involving the ‘Elders’, so when I won this book, I was happy to have the opportunity to read this book.
Despite having some confusion with some of the more minor characters, I did find this book drew me in. I had the feeling that I was only getting some of the story and that I’d missed the previous books involving Matt… but I still liked him as a character and I found him fairly easy to understand.
There were a lot of disturbing scenes in this book. Drummond especially made my skin crawl in every appearance he made. I did really like Adira’s character, even though I would likely be scared of her if I ever met her in reality.
It was good to see that the characters had to move through other countries and I liked the fact that they faced other problems than the sinkholes. The very first chapter did a really good job of setting the tone for the rest of the book… and the descriptions of the creatures were horrible enough that reading about them made me picture truly awful things.
I didn’t like Andy so much in this book, even though I had thought he was interesting in his first appearance. I thought that he didn’t really demonstrate very much intelligence and seemed to be more concerned with the women on the team than with what was going on in the world. (I don’t tend to have a problem with romance, but I felt it was kind of over-used in this particular book).
I did like the fact that the characters were in clear and obvious danger, even though some of the characters who ended up being killed were ones I didn’t really get to know very well. I did like Abrams… but I liked Hartogg a lot more. I would have liked to see more of his history and what drives him.
It was good to see the role nature played in this book as well. Despite the really dark parts in this book, I found it easy to read and there were some things I didn’t see coming. I probably would read other books involving these characters in the future.