Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher/Year: HarperCollings 5/1/18
Length: 416 Pages
Series: Ruined #3
Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.
But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead.
The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.
Such a great bit of closure to this story – one that i forgot about if i’m honest because i read the first 2 in quick succession and then had to wait for the third to come out. Looking back, it’s been about a year – and should have honestly been shorter had i not had baby brain and realized that the final book came out back in May. anyway – it is what it is.
So here we are, at the finale of the series – really wondering who was going to end up where, what friendships and romances would stay intact, if families could remain true. Which kingdoms would come out on top and above all else, if good would overpower evil.
Em has too much pressure on her shoulders. Ever since she took on the role of pretending to be the Vallos princess in book 1 to get into Lera and marry Cas – we saw that she was meant for greatness and that it would also mean that she would have to sacrifice a lot. she lost a best friend back at the beginning, and found herself in a world where she was feared, yet had no power to back it up, cherished but uncertain that she was cherished for the right reasons and so ambitious to make the world a better place.
In this third installment, Em is with the rest of the Ruined, including Olivia as they plan a way to overpower Olso, stave off that attack, find a way to truly get peace with Lera through the help of Cas, and then figure out how to potentially find a way for the Ruined to have some type of life. Olivia of course makes things impossible since she’s got a huge chip on her shoulder. She was locked up for so long and yet no matter that Em got her out, she’s still looking for blood. Em can’t even control her and we see throughout this story that even those who were on her side begin to question if there’s even any point to going her route.
Em and Aren continue to try to pacify her while building peace, and i think that had it not been for Aren, we would have seen Em crack. Thankfully he’s the most powerful Ruined ever and that means that people stand on her side because of trust. In this story too though we get to see more of Aren evolve. We knew that he was a great and solid friend to Em, but we see a side of him where love comes into play – Iria is who he wants yet she’s taken back to Olso, thrown in jail and potentially left to be killed. Seeing the side of Aren where he will go against his best friend to go save Iria, well it shows a softer side. Add on top of that the friendship that starts to bud with Galo, Cas’s head of the guards, and you have to wonder if the world has flipped upside down.
The nice thing about this third book is that it’s not all about battle scenes,we get to see depth and engagement between the characters. there are so many supporting story lines with Galo/Matteo, Aren/Iria ,Cas/Em Em/Olivia, August and everyone. There’s a new generation trying to make the world into something different and while everyone is inexperienced in how to gain and hold power, we can see the best of intentions.
Of course though, we know that it all comes down to a huge battle, where characters that we’ve spent time with throughout all the books are shot at, killed, potentially changed forever and seeing how quickly the end pulls up once we get to the final chapters brings us to a conclusion like a bullet.
I think that we got all the resolution that we needed. The smart thing here that our author did is that she didn’t give us a happy happy ending with everything all resolved. We never find out a few answers on things, both for the main characters or the secondary folks. Without spoiling things too – we never find out why Em is useless and if she really is useless. part of me was really hoping that there was some trick like how Aren’s power worked that we would learn. but i guess it’s not meant to be here. oh well – but on that note – hopefully you guys take a read through this and enjoy!