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SelmaWolfe

Selma Wolfe

Writes books about women who kick ass, and men who are into that.

http://selmawolfe.blogspot.com/

Currently reading

Becoming the Villainess
Jeannine Hall Gailey
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
H.P. Lovecraft
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Annalee Newitz
Ashes  - Ilsa J. Bick Shadows - Ilsa J. Bick Monsters  - Ilsa J. Bick

I really love this series in a way that I don't wholly and unreservedly love most books.

 

I loved it at first because of its heroine, Alex, who is (that dreaded phrase) a "strong female character". And she is, but she's more than that - she's a whole person, one who even in hopeless circumstances retains hope and humanity, but who isn't indomitable; who has breaking points. During the second and third books I came to love the other characters that get pulled into the limelight too. Bick does a fantastic job of humanizing people who make horrible, impossible choices.

 

The books go at breakneck speed, particularly book two and three. Generally that's a good thing, but I could've used a little room to breathe. It got to the point where there were literally dozens of chapters in a row all ending in massive cliffhangers. But there's a LOT of material in these books, so I get that there wasn't really space for more breathing room. Just be prepared for a wild ride.