September 29, 2014

Book Review: Fire and Ash by Jonathan Maberry


I was extremely excited for the final book of the Benny Imura  series. The past 3 books were fairly entertaining and enjoyable to read, but I was anxious and curious as to how all of this would end.

Starting off the book, I found it hard to remember everything that had happened before, and that Fire & Ash did not recall enough from the previous books to remind readers what happened. I'm not sure if there was an intent behind it, because it seems to put us in the same position as the characters who want to suppress certain memories.

To be honest, Benny seriously irked me throughout the whole series, but it's understandable that he's a 15 year old who was thrown into situations too early. It always felt like he was a bit petulant. Although I liked that his character did evolve by the end of the book, it all seemed really sudden. It was supported by the fact that everything he went through supported the sudden realization of who he truly was, but it took only a chapter for him to become a different person.

As for the other characters, even Benny, I enjoyed seeing them fight and solve all their problems. One of the main topics in this books was discovering their inner selves and overcoming inner demons. A quote was repeated a few times: "When you stare into the abyss the abyss stares back at you." - Friedrich Nietzsche. So many of the characters have stared into the abyss due to their common traumatic background.

This may be one of my favourite books because it calls into the extent of how much humans can harm the earth and the destructive nature of the religion that believed their god wanted to kill everyone (aka sinners) on earth. It was a thought provoking book so if you've read it, please comment your thoughts below, even if they're spoilers! :)


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