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Jay Posey once again decides to add new characters to the mix for Dawnbreaker and this time it really helps return the series to form. The new characters fill the void left by Three and they make Wren's storyline immensely more interesting. Wren's fate has been mostly dictated by others throughout the first two books and now he finally decides to take matters into his own hands. Cass and many of the other characters from the first two books are also back on center stage as the series picks back up and is once again running on all cylinders.
There was an air of mystery that surrounded Three in the first book, even more so because he was disconnected from the data network that everyone else relied on to survive. He was clearly a hardened man with the skill set needed to survive in an apocalyptic wasteland and one must wonder how he became that way and why he is disconnected. Well that background information is finally provided as Wren's storyline gets flushed out in preparation for an inevitable confrontation with his half brother, Asher.
Clearly Wren and Asher are both very talented and powerful individuals and they do share one thing in common - their mother. Cass has undergone a transformation over time, starting out as a drug addict on the run while being an overprotective mother to Wren and now finally realizing that her responsibility to protect people from her evil son, Asher, extends beyond just Wren. Like Wren, her character really grows in this book as she takes a more active role in determining her own fate, becoming a lot more than just Wren's mother.
Even though I really enjoyed this book, the series itself still leaves me feeling a bit unsatisfied because the world building I was hoping for has never arrived. With a few exceptions, I am still left wondering why the world is in this dilapidated state and why the Weir are they way they are. Perhaps the series will be continued at some point and that background information will be provided, but it isn't present in this initial trilogy which wraps up the existing story nicely.
Once again Luke Daniels delivers a solid performance as the narrator making this a worthy listen.
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Excellent story, well written and performed. The characters are very real in the struggles that encounter.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I know a number of people did not much care for Morningside Fall (and I would agree that it was the weakest of the three stories) but after reading Dawnbreaker, I feel much better about it. Essentially as it was a necessary vehicle to introduce Gamble, Mouse and company. I think that if you liked Three at all, you will get into this with some ease.
This book gives you a bit of a glimpse into the background that many felt the trilogy was lacking. It builds up to a significant ending which I struggled to believe was going to happen with only 2 hours to go.
If I had a criticism, there was too much faffing about at the start of the book and it wound up too quickly, for example, they spend a couple of narration hours escaping a building and running to a shelter but the final showdown is about 30 minutes.
Overall though, I enjoyed this as much as 'Three', I felt the main characters had been richly portrayed and I felt myself rooting for them all. I'm glad I consumed all 3 books and will look out for more Jay Posey in the future.
I really enjoyed the narration from Jeff Daniels, he has joined Sean Barrett at the top of my favourites list.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
This is a very well crafted series of novels - in some ways it feels derivative - there are several familiar elements but those elements are combined so expertly, with strong characterisation and great pacing. I cannot recommend this series highly enough, if you find yourself a little confused at the outset stick with it, just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
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