To be honest, I wasn’t a big fan of the first book in the trilogy. I guess it was because I’ve heard many good things about it and that raised my expectations. It disappointed me a little. We were left with a cliffhanger at the end of the first book, and that cliffhanger was what caused me to pick up the second book. However, Never Fade just lifted those expectations again!
1. Ruby. Ruby’s character development was freaking awesome! She gets things done, doesn’t take shit from anyone, and is so focused! I love Ruby’s whole ‘the-only-person-I-need-is-myself’ attitude. This is the peak of her character development arc!
“When you have people relying on you, you can’t put on anything other than a brave, determined face, otherwise you chip away at their confidence, too.” -Ruby
2. Characters. We’re introduced to new characters. It took me a while to warm up to them, but when I did, I saw how funny and adorable and awesome they are! Vida is hilarious and definitely one of my favorite characters. Jude is so sweet and I love how he calls Ruby “Roo”. Chubs and Ruby’s friendship is as sweet as ever, too. I’d love them to be my best friends!
“if either of you breathe a word—one goddamn word—about Cate, I will come down on you so hard, they’ll be naming hurricanes after me for a fucking century.” -Vida
3. Plot. So. Much. Action. Seriously, sometimes the action exhausted me and I’m not even the one fighting! Whenever something good happens, a bad event gets shoved down your throat; it was tiring. This book took the turmoil from TMD and cranked it up! The story confused me. There were too many side plots going on at the same time and it was really hard keeping up. I do think the Children’s League is cool though, they’re so kickass. All those fighting lessons and cool commands they use when on OPs… Sometimes it made me wish I was in the Children’s League.
4. Writing. Woah! Alexandra Bracken’s writing style made my jaw drop with all these one-liner deep quotes and accurate analogies. At times, I had to shut the book and think about the what she says. It’s that deep!
“Ghosts don’t haunt people—their memories do.” (This is staying with my for the rest of my life)
“I didn’t want to give him the false hope that these people were anything other than lone candle flames in a sea of never-ending black.” (That analogy though)
“Sometimes you’re the one speeding along in a panic, doing too much, not paying attention, wrecking things you don’t mean to. And sometimes life just happens to you, and you can’t dodge it. It crashes into you because it wants to see what you’re made of.” (That was such a smooth analogy!)
“I felt his eyes fix on me the way you feel a beam of sunlight cut through a window. Warm. Focused.”
OVERALL: Marvelous action-packed story with a sublime writing style and unique characters. I couldn’t put it down. I’d recommend this to everyone who likes well-written stories.