5 out of 5 gnomes
Now this has definitely been a great series. I loved the world, tone, and characters of these books. You have deadly serious moments mixed around with moments of hope and even some laugh out loud moments. This ending was fitting and also non-depressing which alone in my view gives this book a plethora of gold stars/awesomeness.
I really like having the chapters from both Dean and Josie’s points of view. They are in different places both physically and mentally and both their journeys are crazy. Dean really grows over the course of the series and especially this book. Josie has to pretty much find her way back to being able to care again and her journey is enough to drive anybody insane.
There is a love triangle but it has an actually understandable resolution and doesn’t feel shoehorned in like some triangles do. These teens all do a lot of growing up in this book. Dean and Josie probably grow the most as characters.
It’s all about family, finding family and or making a family out of who you have left. There are plenty of scary situations and some rather surprising twists in the story. All these characters have big personalities and there is no drought of conflict.
I thought this was a very fitting end to the series because not every question is answered so this makes it so you can only imagine what’s going to happen next to this world.
Overall a superb and intriguing story of survival. I highly recommend this series because you'll find yourself drawn into this story and caring so much about all of the characters.