Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BOUNDLESS Ending Kept Me Awake All Night: Review


Boundless (Unearthly, #3)
By Cynthia Hand

Published January 22, 2013
4.7 stars

The past few years have held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner could ever have anticipated. Yet from the dizzying highs of first love, to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she can no longer deny is that she was never meant to live a normal life.

Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seems like the best option, so she’s headed back to California - and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.

As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he’s not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfil her destiny. But it won’t come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must decide her fate once and for all.

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At 12:29am I finished the book and then promptly tried to fall asleep. I did catch a few winks, but woke up a couple hours later and turned the ending over and over in my mind. I am wrestling with how to write this review because I don't want to spoil it for you if you haven't read it yet. So let's look at it from a larger perspective.

HEA. Happily Ever After. After reading BOUNDLESS I struggle with what REALLY is a HEA. How can you make everyone happy? It is impossible, so how do you minimize the fallout in order to strive for the HEA mark? My favorite character, which I fell in and out and back in love with got the shaft. This person did everything they thought they should do, was selfless and honorable and brave. They went through hell for another, yet at the end was alone. All the while another character who was self centered and indecisive, who injured many people gets everything they want. Justice, I want justice. This just isn't fair. But when you look at it, that is life in a nut shell. You go through life trying to do the right thing but end up beaten, battered, heart shattered and alone. Meanwhile others who think the universe revolves around them get everything their heart desires. That is a thorn in my side. My husband told me once if there could ever be a Fiction Characters' Rights Activist, it would be me. How do you get past this? This character gave up EVERYTHING for another, only to be kicked to the curb. Denied. My heart is breaking for them.

As for the rest of the book, Hand saved the best for last. This last installment was the most cohesive and polished in the series. The whole thing felt more mature. Clara is growing up and going to college. So many changes, twists and turns occur that my mind is still reeling the morning after. There are so many spoilers that I can only say that while reading I kept muttering, "Didn't see that coming".... much to my surprise.

One question I had was the official synopsis called for a traitor and I didn't feel there was one. Clara's brother was one other road bump for me. He never got to blossom as a character, he was left vastly underdeveloped.

Half the night I pondered about life changing decisions and how one person's choice completely and utterly affects the rest of dozens of people's lives without their approval or knowledge. Part of my mind already understands this. Drunk drivers, university acceptance letters and coworkers all come to mind. It was the enormity of the changes witnessed in this book that is weighing in my heart. One choice and everything is completely diverted. Forks in the road. It reminds me of the Star Trek Next Generation episode where the Enterprise is confronted with countless other Enterprises, all representing what would happen with every choice. Some had been in battle, some had turned evil and so on. Are you choices by design? How does free will enter in?

I highly recommend this series: Unearthly, Hallowed and Boundless. As a Christian, I found her take on apologetics unBiblical, but it was very entertaining. The characters will capture your heart. Enjoy!