I am a middle book person. They tend to be slower, they tend to have more background and usually by the end they escalate so fast, having left you hungry for more. In Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson book 2 was my absolute favorite, in Hunger Games book 2 was the best one in my opinion. And now The gods of Vice - I just couldn't get enough of this book, and when it was over I jumped into the 3rd one right away.
The pace really suited me - it was both action packed and slow, it had story, it had flashbacks - it was just so dimensional all around. The characters got most of their development done in this installment and I truly enjoyed learning all of the little secrets that came out to the surface.
The best secret was kept till the very end, but it was well worth it, because it blew my mind. Literally. Brain explosion! Kaboom! Just when I thought I knew characters and was beginning to trust them - things got turned around 360 degrees and I didn't know what to think anymore!
That is also the ongoing theme with this book - I never knew what will happen or even how all of this would end. And I loved that! I usually can see endings and twists a mile away (but that might be because I also read a lot of generic fantasy in the past two years), but this kept me guessing. Well, to be honest I even gave up on guessing - I just went with it and enjoyed the wild ride.
This is also not a book in which you can pick up a favorite character, call him or her "a precious dandelion" and root for them till the end. Because the moment you start feeling something for a character they turn around and mess up in the worst possible ways. It's stressful! But it's also very fun. I cannot wait to see how this madness of a trilogy will end.
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