Rogue by Gina Damico
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
In Scorch, the author did a good job of filling in the gaps for those who hadn't read the first book. Sadly, in this one, you really need to have read one (or both) of the previous books to understand what's going on. I hate that! I'm not saying I want tons of backstory, but at least explain what Crashing is (for example).
And then there's the trilogy problem: we spend way too much time in the Battle for Necropolis, too little time with the ending. It really feels like the author was told that this wouldn't get published unless this was a trilogy and she went looking for ways to pad pad pad. Another thing I hate! This explosion of trilogies and series isn't doing the books any favors - too much padding, too little real plot.
What plot there is involves sealing the portals in the Grimmsphere, Lex dealing with Driggs' new situation, and trying to figure out how to deal with Grotton and The Wrong Book. Some of that is actually really interesting (Tut and Poe, not so much). More on Grotton would have been better than the endless climb up to the top of Necropolis. Less of the blah blah blah from Norwood and more about the Juniors in Necropolis. Fewer applications of Amnesia. Etc.
Still, my guess is the target audience will be happy with this, particularly if they still haven't gotten enough of this type of book.
ARC provided by publisher.