Thank you to Simon and Schuster and NetGalley for this advance copy to review! All opinions are my own.
It truly bothers me when a book I am highly anticipating leaves me as disappointed as the Noah Shaw books do. I love the original Mara Dyer book with my whole heart and I was so excited to hear that we were getting more in the world, and from Noah’s perspective none the less. After being disappointed by the first book in this series last year, I was looking forward to hopefully reading a better book this time around. But I was sadly let down again.
The main issue with this series in my opinion is that there is no real plot that is evident to the reader until the last third at least. For a good chunk of this book, I found myself truly wondering where the story was going, and still found myself so confused when the plot finally revealed itself. This book felt like a day in the life of Noah. Where the reader just follows Noah around while he’s just as confused as we are. There’s a lot of things happening that don’t seem to make sense and frankly made me frustrated.
The one thing I absolutely love in this series is Noah’s narration. This boy is one of my all time favorites and I was so excited that this series would be in his perspective, and it’s the best thing about it. Listening to Noah’s reasoning through plot points and hearing how he feels about everyone he cares about is truly the highlight.
I just know that there’s going to be too easy of a fix for that ending in the finale but I truly hope I’m proven wrong.