Not again. Not another trilogy, series, sequel, whatever gone wrong. Out of all three Cold Awakening books, this has to be the worst. It's a sad shame too, because in the beginning, I was tres' eager to start Wired after reading Crashed, eager to see what happened in the end. To be honest, Ms. Wasserman should have kept it at Skinned and moved on, because the rest of the trilogy was just blah. So-so, okay, safe, boring, fill in the blank here with your word of choice____.
Lia has finally grown up, which I thought would never happen. Immediately, I began comparing Lia's feelings now to her previous ones, and in Wired she has finally come to terms that she is a mech, and she wants, and will, save all mechs and help them all peacefully co-exist with orgs. Lia could often go on, pages after pages, ranting about whether life is really life, just like she'd done in Skinned. Only this time, I didn't have much patience for it, having read two previous ones just like them.
Jude never really grew out of his distaste for orgs, his pact with Riley & Ani, though never revealed, is said to be extremely important to him. In Wired, he appears very determined, very hopeful. Though by the middle of the book most of his plans become irrelevant, no longer useful, and ultimately, abandoned.
Riley comes off as very vulnerable and unstable. He relies solely on Lia to inform him of the ending events in Crashed, and often becomes very distant with Lia. I find their relationship a little complicated, considering that Lia never fully explains anything really, about how they'd "made it work" considering Riley's replacement. They have a very interesting relationship, laid-back, but certainly not carefree. Sometimes it looks as if Ms. Wasserman wanted to start something with Lia and Jude, but left it unfinished, left it hanging.
Zoie seems different here. Strong, definitely, but more of a "I'm trying to prove you wrong" strong. She is constantly trying to prove to Lia that's she's something more than just her little sister.
In the end, I feel like the author killed or immobilized character after character until it became easy and obvious to guess who did this, who committed that, making it somewhat predictable. Killing off characters little by little did nothing for this novel; it just took away from the "shocking" bits.
Let's talk about the ending. Two words. HATED IT. Something about the way Ms. Wasserman worded it, about the way she wrote the whole entire ending that made no sense whatsoever. It was like she had a draft for it, an opening idea, but never wrote the details, never took the time to write a full, mind-boggling ending. It was like a sketch of a painting with no paint, whatsoever! Unfinished, not fully thought done. I questioned Kiri's role in the ending, no questions were really fully answered as to why she was on the ship in the first place, why she deceived everyone...WHY. Maybe I'm stupid. Maybe the ending was actually fully written and made perfect sense. Maybe I just didn't comprehend it the way it was supposed to have been read. I can't tell you if that's true, because I have no idea, but I re-read the ending a few times, and I came to the conclusion that Lia is gone, leaving Zoie and Jude. Riley's coming back, and there will never be another Lia. But her brain is still alive, looking, waiting, watching.
"I was watching, and I would get them home."
"I was Lia Khan, once. I was a girl, an org. And then I was a machine, a copy.
I was confused.
"I remember who I was; I remember everything. I remember what Lia Khan used to want, what she used to need. I remember who she used to love. But remembering is not experiencing."
"I can save them all. And I will. Whether they want me or not."
"Just make them love you."
"It was proof that we still made sense." [Speaking of Riley and Lia's relationship.]
"Maybe real was a matter of perspective."
"If we were memories...this Riley was different."
RATING: NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL.
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