I have SLOWLY but surely been working my way out of a slump (as I’ve mentioned in my last blog post and book review), and while I have declared myself officially out of the aforementioned slump, I knew I had to be careful about which books I would decide to pick up. After all, it’s relatively easy to fall back into it again. But midterms just finished, my internship at Simon & Schuster is almost coming to a close, and I genuinely wanted a good book to pick up.
And while waiting for a good book to fall into my hands, the Supernova copy I pre-ordered at BookCon arrived. And I felt like that was a clear sign—pick up this goddamn book and read it from start to finish. This was a trilogy I’ve followed from start to finish, and I was genuinely terrified that this would fall short of my expectations.
BUT IT DIDN’T!
At this point, all I could say is: Marissa Meyer has done it again.
Not only was Supernova quite possibly the most satisfying conclusion I’ve ever come across, but I really just stayed up until 9am to finish a book. I haven’t slept, and that’s all because of how amazing this was. There wasn’t a single moment I felt like the pacing was too slow or too rushed. Every scene felt essential, and every single word had me hooked from beginning to end. I was emotionally invested—in both the plot and the characters—and I didn’t know who to root for. Was I on the side of the Anarchists, who just wanted the rights they’ve been denied for so long or was I cheering for the Renegades—who fought so hard for the peace they have now?
Things pick up fairly quickly from the get-go. After the events of book two (which I won’t spoil even if this is a review of the third book!!!!), the Anarchists and Renegades find themselves at odds again. There’s a clear difference between Supernova and the previous two novels in this trilogy, and that lies fully in the characters. In Supernova, Marissa Meyer does an amazing job of writing such complex personas that don’t just easily fall into the categories of villains or heroes. Each choice made by every single person is carefully judged, and it allows so much complexity to unfold with every single word. Characters are no longer just villains, heroes, black or white, but they each have clear defining set of traits that shape them to be more than just blank names on a page. Even the side characters are written so well that they put many main characters in other books to shame. There was also non-stop action from start to finish, and I could really visualize all the scenes happening in the book right in front of my eyes.
Now, I’m not gonna lie—I did find myself slowing down a third into the book, but god, when I hit that last 100 pages, I was literally on the edge of my seat (well, bed), biting my nails at every passing paragraph and just HOPING for the ending that I could very much forsee. There are so so many amazing plot twists here, and now that it’s been about an hour since I closed the book……I’m still speechless.
I think this definitely has made its way up to one of my favorite series of all time. The build-up to the identity reveal and the final battle AND the aftermath (GOD that ending.) was one I’ll never forget. I feel like my heart got ripped out and stepped on THEN shoved back in my chest and ripped out again. And maybe flung off a building at some point while I was reading that epilogue. Is it too much to ask for a spin-off?
That being said, I’m interested in knowing what you guys have been reading! Has there been any series that you felt like ended really well? Or really badly? (Personally, there’s a very anticipated final book to a very popular series that I felt like ended like trash, but I’m not allowed to talk much about that for a few more weeks…) BUT ANYWAY. Let me know in the comments below if there are any /satisfying/ endings that you can’t help but recommend!
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Romance
Source: Hardbound Book
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
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