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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Review: Wings by Elizabeth Richards

Wings (Black City, #3)

Publisher: 2014 Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 400
Series: Black City #3

"Following the cliffhanger ending of Phoenix, Natalie finds herself separated from Ash and unexpectedly reunited with her parents, including the father she thought was dead. But she can only think of Ash. She hasn't heard a word of him since she and Elijah were brought to the underground headquarters of the Sentry Rebellion. But she vows to find him.

Ash, meanwhile is back in Black City; it's the perfect place to hide from the Sentry government. But not for long. He won't give up on Natalie or bringing an end to the terrible reign of Purian Rose.

A pulse-racing end to an exciting series."

Wings, the final installment in the Black City trilogy, begins shortly after the last books ended. Ash and Natalie have been separated and other than knowing the other is alive, they don't know anything. Ash believes that Natalie was kidnapped and Natalie believes that Ash is in danger. What these two will go through to get back to each other's sides is limitless.

The rest of the novel is focusing on bringing down Purian Rose and ending the power the Sentry holds over the country at any cost. Including a possible heart transplant for Ash.

The other two books were structured in Ash and Natalie's dual point-of-view. That is still true in this novel, but one extra point of view was added, taking places 30ish years before the events happening now. I liked learning about the past this way instead of having it all laid out in a short monologue, you got to see the character's lives unfold instead of just hearing about it. And yes this extra point of view is extremely important so pay attention! Also, the guy in the extra POV, Edmund, reminded me of Ash in a few ways. It kind of shows what Ash could have turned out like as well as showcasing an important character.

One aspect of this book that I applaud Elizabeth Richards for was her ability to sacrifice her characters. Instead of having every character make it out of every situation practically unscathed, she kills several of them. This is one thing that I find missing with a lot of novels now a days. Authors often get too attached to their characters and don't want to kill them when killing them would make a better story. I also liked how at the end I was uncertain about one of the main character's fate. It was good.

In the end I think this was a great ending to the trilogy. The plot lines were wrapped up, there were no unanswered questions, and it was an exciting read! There were not many plot twists, other than the deaths cause you can't really predict those. But I definitely recommend reading the Black City trilogy by Elizabeth Richards!

-Shawnee Smith

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