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i really enjoyed the other 2 books and this one i just kind of liked
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The books in the Dis series decrease in entertainment value with each installment. Disenchanted was great - lots of humor and fun adventure - and was followed up by Distopia, about which I had my complaints, but still overall found it engaging enough when it was funny. Disillusioned, however, lacks even the humor of its predecessors and feels completely disjointed from the series.
The characters were under-developed and thus uninteresting, and the plot was ridiculous, though not in the amusing way of the first book. Vergil is a fish out of water as a medieval knight suddenly thrust into an industrial era. Through his obstinate bigotry towards the "lesser" races in Dis and his general bumbling, he manages to cause all of the conflict in the book, and while neither of the protagonists in books 1 and 2 were written to be loveable heroes, I at least did not have to listen to hours of racism with them.
As an allegory for real society, the book falls flat due to the "lesson" on racism reading as though it was written by someone who thinks they understand a complex issue in which they believe they are not a participant. The racism demonstrated in the story is absurd not because it is antiquated behavior, but because it sounds as though the author has never talked to anyone who has actually been on the receiving end of racial prejudice.
I recommend skipping this one.
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