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The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

The Rising - Kelley Armstrong I'm pretty disappointed with this conclusion. Or lack thereof. Or just really vague and hand-wavy-type everything's gonna be okay now! solution to all your problems. Basically, Maya told us that she sat through a meeting where it was discussed what would happen, while she argued as spokesperson for her and the other kids. Do we get any details, any of the dialogue, or anything that makes me think that Armstrong actually took the time to think through and come up with a sound solution to the great problem that spurred the events of this trilogy? Nope.

For those who have read the Darkest Powers trilogy, you got to see some much loved characters reappear. For me, it was kind of like, oh some new people, I think I'm supposed to know them? Wait, how does Maya know their names?

So in the end Maya & co. decided to put their lot in with one of the cabals, or something. When did she decide they were trustworthy? But I guess they couldn't really escape them all due to the fact that they need their drugs and help. I guess no benevolent Professor X-type here...

Thoughts on the series overall:

The good - characters, portrayals of relationships, lots of humour, witty dialogue, cats are cool

The weak - shaky worldbuilding, a lot of telling instead of showing, convenient mystery-solving, lack of complexity of sophistication in given answers or the conclusion, no deaths?

This isn't a bad trilogy overall, but I'm fairly disappointed in the something that could've been.