After a two year-long wait, I was so excited for this book! The first two were so mind-blowing that the third, and final, was bound to be explosive right? Right? Wrong! For some reason this book just didn’t have that “WOW” factor that the previous two did. Johansen's writing, which is normally fluent, captivating and effortless, lost its spark.
The ending was what disappointed me the most. The last three chapters in particular were very rushed. I felt like I was watching a video on fast forward. I was watching what was happening but didn’t have time to process or understand it. With just over 500 pages altogether there was plenty of room for Johansen to slow down and take her time and create an ending that readers, and most importantly the characters, deserved.
The story overall, I can't fault. With an ending that was so unexpected and surprising, but so fitting and perfect at the same time, I was left with a tear in my eye feeling very uplifted and optimistic.
Whether you loved the final book or hated it, the 'Tearling' series is a powerful and pragmatic read that brings to light humanity’s flaws and leaves you with a fighting spirit and a longing for Tear's utopia.