*Full Review Update*
Good gravy, this series.
If you thought the first one was a wild ride full of twists and turns and EMOTIONS, just wait.
*SPOILERS FOR BOOK 1 & MILD SPOILERS FOR BOOK 2*
We jump right back in with Marguerite and the aftermath of the first book- everyone coming to terms with what really happened and all the new revelations…. and the consequences. Theo is now suffering the physical repercussions from the drug that *evil* Theo put in his body. Paul, being the kind soul that he is (but I will talk about him later…) goes to try and find a cure. Blah blah blah, stuff happens, and you can gather from the description that his soul ends up being *splintered* (you guessed it… spread apart over several dimensions). And now, the only way to save Paul and help Theo is for Marguerite to wrangle a little deal and work with Conley.
I gotta be honest. The highlight of this book was Marguerite + the REAL Theo getting to spend so much time together as they are thrown in to CRAZY realms/situations together. I gotta talk about this shipping business because lets face it- this is where the emotions come in.
This book particularly focuses on Marguerite’s struggle to come to terms with the real Paul vs. the Paul she loved. She’s in a constant battle with herself on whether or not her and Paul are really destined to be together – and that part drove me a little nuts. (Not the part of her questioning, but her decisions…)
So, rant time. (spoilers)
I’m NOT the biggest Paul fan. Yeah yeah, he’s nice, has good intentions, bleh bleh (note – I am NOT talking about Russian Paul who I liked very much.) But let’s face it- Paul just isn’t super interesting either. I just don’t see him being as devoted to her as Theo is. Like okay….who is constantly sacrificing himself for her? THEO. Who sticks by her side no matter what- loves her unconditionally… and is totally sassy and fun? THEO. This book proves his character and his loyalty ten fold. I will never stop shipping them, even though I’m preparing to get my heart broken. Sure, I don’t know how this series is going to end but Marguerite is constantly chooses Paul over Theo and goes on and on about how Paul is the only one for her. My poor Theo, friend zoned. I’m hanging on to a *small* thread of hope but I’m preparing for utter heartbreak over my Theo/Meg ship.
Alright, moving on…
The dimensions we are thrown into are actually super interesting – albeit depressing. I think that is what I love so much about this series – the effect different choices have on all the alternate worlds / dimensions. You won’t see just one or two in this book – you’ll see several. Like before, because of the complexity of the plot – it is a little hard to keep up with at times but not anything super complicated.
And of course, there is much more going on than you realize.
Bonus? You get to go back to Russiaverse.
Also good luck with the ending because I’m still not OK.
How am I supposed to feel after this?!?!
Let me tell you how I feel. See the spoiler, if you dare tread upon an unpopular opinion about a ship. If you happen to have the same opinion as me PLEASE TALK TO ME UGH.