2 of 5 stars
After spending six months being Fed off of in the Everneath, Nikki returns to her life and tries to make amends for the hurt she has caused others before the Tunnels come to claim her once again.
This time, I was determined to do things better. I would not leave him, alone in a room, with echoes of the things I never should’ve said frozen in the air. I din’t have control over much during my Return, but I could control how I would leave the people I loved.
The premise of a modern-day Persephone who is taken to the Underground intrigued me, and while I still think that the concept is one that is interesting, this story didn’t really suit me.
Cole, the Everliving who has taken Nikki to the Everneath is probably the most interesting aspect of this book, and I would have loved to hear more about his backstory and how he came to be an Everliving. He seemed to be the character with the most depth, the most intrigue, and who didn’t end up feeling like a cookie-cutter stereotype (unlike Guilt-Ridden Protagonist, Perfect Boyfriend, Uninvolved Father, Sweet-But-Inferior Best Friend, and Crazy-Person-That-Isn’t-Really-Crazy).
Probably my biggest issue was that as soon as the story of Orpheus was foreshadowed, I knew exactly where the plot was going and therefore just became irritated that it took the characters so long to figure everything else out.
A few other inaccuracies and things that made me go “huh?” in this book:
- Nikki suffered from memory loss while in the Everneath, but seems to remember everything that happened prior, except when it’s convenient to the plot progression. Also, somehow Perfect Boyfriend knows this and asks her if she remembers him, even though he thinks she was just in drug rehab for six months. Which leads me to…
- Everyone (including her dad?) accepts her story that she was in drug rehab for six months. Are minors even allowed to check themselves into drug rehab without their parents knowing?
- Nikki knows very little at all about the rules of Everneath, and yet somehow she knows tons about it. It’s very unclear throughout how much she actually knows about what happened to her in the Feeding. And what’s the point of the Return anyways?
- The focus had been on Greek mythology, but suddenly a group called the Daughters of Persephone (GREEK!) are using Egyptian heiroglyphs to communciate? Why not use Greek?
- [highlight for spoiler] The characters’ plan for stopping the Tunnels boils down to killing Cole, but it’s never explained why they think this would work, since he wasn’t the one after her, the Tunnels were. [/spoiler]
Overall: A great idea, but the execution didn’t work for me; I’m hoping the second book (COMING OUT ON TUESDAY!) will be less predictable and leave less unanswered questions.