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on 23 May 2014
I was really looking forward to the conclusion of the series, but the third book is a real let-down. What made the first two special were the persistent menace, the mind-blowing things that were happening and our constant feeling of fear for the main character. The evolutions of the alien forms as the transformation of earth took place were creative and disturbing, and the characters were put through terrible things. All great stuff. But in the third book, there is no threat, no character development. The only danger the protagonists are in is created by them by their stupid actions.
The new characters are ciphers; Jacob is a nonentity. Overall the book disappoints primarily because there is no character arc for Emily. She has not learned anything by the end; she is not changed by the experience. As soon as the sailors set foot on shore, the book descends into aping terrible run of the mill action movie dialog. The main part of the book is basically suspense building, leading up to... nothing. The final revelations in the book are a massive letdown; the actions of the enemy do not make sense and lack internal logic. Vastly disappointing on every level, particularly since the author had created something quite good in the first couple of books.