Okay so to begin with I want to say I am a MASSIVE fan of this series.
To begin with I didn't like the character Madison who as you probably gathered is the narrator for the book. I just felt like Lauren was a much more likeable character. However, my view slowly changed as the story progressed and I found myself beginning to warm to her. I guess it just took some getting used to, especially as there are quite a lot of new characters in the book.
Although the ideas were new I did find the book a little repetitive and similar to the other's in the series. I can't really say how as that would ruin the story for those who haven't read it. I just feel the first book was so absolutely brilliant that nothing could follow it, it had such an original concept and was written in a truly unique way that I found it hard to look at the other books in the same way. However having said that I feel that the book did have some new and original concepts in it that gave it a slight twist to the rest of the series. I also loved the way it portrayed much more mature themes which gave the book a darker but also more interesting plot, my heart was actually beating so fast at some points!
I can in no way whatsoever fault the way it was written. The books flows effortlessly thanks to McKenzie's stunning way of writing and now that I've finished it I want to read it all over again. I really can't accept that this series is finished! I thought the ending was actually left fairly open in a way for the book to be continued... there were a few loose ends I picked up, but obviously this is the last in the series so I know that there won't be another book.
I think the books have become increasingly darker and more mature with progression through the series. I kind of like this as I'm 15 and so the first book feels a little young for me now, however this book felt much more appropriate for my age and I think it could cater for a large audience.
So overall I didn't think it was as good as the first book. Like I said though, the first book was just too good to be beaten and so I think McKenzie did a fantastic job at carrying on writing with the plot and developing it into a series which although I feel has not lived up to the first book has been fantastic. Although it has some repetitive elements the main plot is defiantly unique and brilliantly written. I totally recommend for anyone wanting a unique, interesting read that is a perfect end to the series.