The Third Day, The Frost - Review
I have to admit this book was never the favourite in the series, in fact I really disliked it for some reason. After reading it again for the first time in quite a while, I really have no idea why I held that view.
What I like about the story in this book is that it takes a different direction to the first two books in the series. This is good as it would have been a let down if the book followed the same lines as the first two all the way through.
Probably one thing that I would disagree with other people about concerning the story, is the way the ending is handled. I won't give away the ending, but it is in the 'deux et machina' category (even the author agrees with this), however the events just before it do seem to justify this.
One of the things that really struck me about some of the characters in this novel, are the dark developments in their personalities. Even though similar events occurred in the second book, some of the actions of the characters, such as the group killing the soldier during Kevin's escape, are still quite shocking.
Towards the end of the book Ellie gets separated from her friends. This gives a chance for the novel to concentrate on the main character's feelings and her reactions to the situation she finds herself in.
One of the interesting things about this book is the fact that some of the situations seem more realistic. You can't expect the group to keep blowing up things, then running away to hide all the time.
An interesting turn of events is the section of this novel where the group is imprisoned after being caught in an ambush. This situation is realistic, as the reader doesn't know what is happening to the other characters or what is going on in the outside world.
The language in this book does suit it and is darker to fit the story. This is also reflected in what the main characters say to each other and the other people they meet.
Overall, while this is not the best book in the series to my mind, it is still very good. As I said before, some people would disagree with me about the ending, but it does suit the story.