“I am no longer afraid of fear, and I will not let it rule me.
Fear will learn to fear me.”
In order to keep this review entirely spoiler-free, I won’t be mentioning Warner or Adam. Even though I have a minimum of 1,450,321,498,092,834 words to say about them… there is no way to say them without exposing secrets. I realize that readers will have conflicting feelings depending on which “team” they were rooting for; however, the romantic aspect of the story should not overshadow Juliette’s transformation – that is my favorite part of this series, and that’s why I’m going to talk about Juliette and how happy I am with her character growth. There were times that I was just as frustrated with her as Kenji was, but I am completely enamored with her mind and thoughts. Ms. Mafi gives Juliette the most beautiful and lyrical thoughts. I hang on every written word – from the first book that contained the brilliant strikethroughs to this conclusion that doesn’t. Why? Because, in my opinion, she doesn’t need them anymore. She finally grew into a character who is not afraid to speak her mind, no longer scared to speak her truths. She is strong and self-assured, and she is ready to fight.
“I’d rather be shot dead screaming for justice
than die alone in a prison of my own making.”
I love her newfound confidence, and that is one of the most important things the conclusion gave this reader. As a bonus, the secondary characters are fascinating, the pacing is just right, and the story is mesmerizing and thrilling. It’s all I could ask for when a series ends.
“‘Fight me… I dare you.’”