By Cynthia Bujnicki
Franny, Court, and Mykal have been dealt a blow. They have realized that they are human, planted on Earth in the hopes of one day being used as spies. With one chance to escape, the trio must trust a stranger who knows their past and why they were planted. Forced to join a dangerous mission, they must embark on a mission that grasps as myths and legends about a baby, the first of her species, that will be able to cloak and teleport Earth to safety. However, the mission has a high risk, and one or more may lose their lives.
Not sure what it is about this novel that makes this novel less exciting than it could be. The plot is interesting, of that there is no doubt. The story is interesting, the plot is interesting enough to keep the reader somewhat engaged, but there is something about the pace of the novel that makes the story dull and uninteresting. It is not even that the characters are uninteresting; they are, especially given the representation going on here. Court and Mykal are in a relationship, and it is beautiful to see their relationship grow and survive through all the struggles they face. To see the kind of love they have for one another is fantastic, and to see it flourish in this novel is one of the better highlights of this novel.
The characters have come a long way from the previous novel, and not just the main characters but also the minor characters as well. They have all developed and grown, of that there is no doubt.
However, the pace of the story is lacking. Moreover, it is not as if nothing is happening; things are happening; these characters have come to know some undeniable truths about their history that explains so much to them. However, the pacing, the dialogue, and narrative, something is lacking about it that makes the story seem so slow.
The authors do a good job summarizing the passage of time, and they do an excellent job of making sure that the vital information is not just packed in at one moment, they make sure that the story has substance, but when it comes to the pacing, something is lacking. Some of the scenes, they do not flow as strongly as others; they linger too much on internal narrative and exposition without the dialogue fully utilized to capture the importance of the scene.
Ultimately, while the story presented has both a unique premise and strong characters, the pacing leaves a lot to be desired. (★★★☆☆)