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Waste of time
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2020
I have read most of the books written by this author. The quality of her writing has gone seriously downhill, to the point that I think her publishers can't possibly be reviewing her work before publication. Her anti-Christian bias has always been lurking in the background, sometimes not so much lurking, but it's in full force in this book. The people blamed for the current state of affairs, and universally considered to be a little crazy or to act in unacceptable ways, are called Christers - how unsubtle is that? Can you imagine the uproar if the bad guys were named after Jewish people or Muslims?! (To be clear, I would find that equally distasteful.) The main character, Joy, is such a know it all she's completely unlikable. When she had just arrived in Apex, the capital city, she gives the smack down to another character (Knight) because how dare he be one of those awful Christers and she at all of 16 or 17 years of age is so wise that within less than 5 minutes she had him seeing the error of his ways. It's almost unbelievably pretentious. It had the potential to be interesting, but even the plot twist at the end was so obvious it wasn't actually a surprise. I'm mad at myself for having purchased the whole trilogy before realizing how bad it is. I enjoy this author's earlier work, but this book sealed the deal for me - I won't be checking out anything else new she has written.