This is a spoiler free review. If ever a series needed a book four, it is the Kricket series. It takes an incredibly talented author to woo her readers into loving the hero AND the villain, and Amy A. Bartol has done it! Bartol has weaved a story that creates a conflict of the heart so intense that the reader is left bereft and wanting more. Be prepared, the ending of this book will rip your heart out, but I believe there is so much more to the story and lovers of this series should demand to hear the end of Kricket’s story!
The Kricket Hollowell character is everything I love in a female protagonist. She kicks butt without sacrificing her femininity. She is loving without being naïve. She’s tenacious and a survivor.
Without giving spoilers, Kricket makes a hard decision, essentially sacrificing herself for others. Stuck in an impossible situation, the world of Black and White morphs into various shades of gray. She is forced to navigate alone in a world where the enemy isn’t necessarily who she thought it would be. In the end, she does what she’s always done—what her time on Earth taught her to do: she survives.
Other characters, too, inadvertently find themselves trapped into making heartbreaking decisions that have devastating consequences. In the end, we find that these characters we’ve come to love have not betrayed one another, but have given up what they most wanted—have sacrificed themselves for others.
It’s refreshing to see a character who discovers that there is no white knight—that if she wants to be saved, she will have to save herself. Bartol breaks from the cliché and it elicits a raw, emotional response from her reader. Thankfully, she leaves her ending so ripe for a fourth book, that we only need hope (and campaign hard!) that her publishers give her the green light. So here’s to Kricket #4!
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To buy the first two books in the Kricket series: Under different Stars, Sea of Stars
To buy Darken the Stars