Monday, October 20, 2014

Book Review: Shattered by Donna Augustine (The Alchemy Series #3)

Shattered by Donna Augustine is the third installment of the completed Alchemy series.
Chaos, doom and gloom

Jo really loses herself in this book and in many ways, I think she is well within her rights to do so.  She has caused an apocalypse.  Life as we know it is over.  Millions are dead because of her.  I would drink too.

This book shows a slow collapse of a character.  She has to go through a "break me down to build me up" process where she realizes that she cares about other people in her life enough to despair when she ruins everything.  Many other reviews have called her whiny and self serving in this book but I think that she has an appropriate response to what has happened.

People are whiny and horrible.  They play stupid games to get pity and self destruct.  The human reactions in this series is what really makes it for me, despite the occasional sub par writing.  You just want to reach out and shake the characters and knock some sense into them.

Otras personas

More characters are introduced or developed in this book as well.  Burrom is wonderful and hilarious.  He is one of the few that doesn't look at Jo like she is broken, merely like she is going through something necessary.  He asks her for help and shows confidence in her.

Dodd and Buzz grow as well.  They both started off as henchmen and have now developed into real people.  Dodd goes from vain playboy to someone that is willing to sacrifice for those he loves.  Buzz becomes a rock for Jo and Cormac and is always there when he is needed.  He is the perfect employee and friend, in this.

So after everything, I still love this book and will still give it 5/5 stars.  I know it is a short review but hey, what can you do.

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