Half Lost (Half Bad #3)
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: March 29th 2016
Page Count: 352
Okay, so I don’t even know where to begin in terms of how to review this novel. I bought Half Bad, the first novel in this trilogy, on a whim. I needed to add another $5 to my cart in order to get free shipping and Half Bad happened to be on sale for $5.99. Perfect right? I had no idea what it was about at the time other than the fact that it involved witches. I didn’t have my hopes up going into it and it turned out to be one hell of a pleasant surprise. I actually really thoroughly enjoyed it and I pre-ordered Half Wild, the second book in the trilogy, right away. I ended up liking it even more than Half Bad!
I want to be a Half Code. I want to be Black and White, the best of both.
Now you can understand the reasoning behind why I had Half Lost on my most anticipated books of 2016 list. It was probably right up there in the top three. I could not wait to get my hands on this novel and find out the conclusion to this surprisingly new favourite story of mine. I dove into it literally the second it arrived in my mailbox and I’m sorry to say that I was left feeling really disappointed once I finished it.
Half Lost starts right where Half Wild left off. A war is brewing between the White Witches under Soul’s army, and the Alliance is trying their best to overrule. The Alliance consists of multiple White and Black witches who believe in equal treatment of all witches, even Half Codes. Nathan is still with the Alliance, but has his own personal side mission of finding and killing Annalise, the person responsible for a certain tragedy in Nathan’s life. Gabriel is by his side, as always, and he continues to be the voice of reason for Nathan. The two witches are joined by many other strong individuals who seek the same outcome. Equality.
The first half of the novel felt very repetitive. The characters jumped from one hideout to the next with Nathan continuously separating himself from the group on a search for Annalise and ultimately killing any Hunters that get in his way. I could feel that something larger was brewing, but it just felt like it was taking forever to get there.
There were so many details where there didn’t need to be half as many as there were, and then there were moments that were just brushed over that could have used those extra details. Especially towards the end. After the climax of the story occurred, I was waiting to find out what happened after the war had ended. What happened to certain characters? Was justice served? But no, we just got a few sentences explaining the aftermath which was followed by pages upon pages of useless information about Nathan’s new living arrangements. I understand that Nathan is the main character and of course it is important to learn about his life after the war, but it really didn’t need to be that thorough and I would have also liked know more about the other characters and their fates as well!
You’re not bad, Nathan. But do what you believe in; only do that. You have to live with your conscience. Only you can know what’s in there and only you have to live with it.
And don’t get me started on THAT ending. I want to rant so hard about it, but spoilers are a thing I hate and I can respect that people need to experience it for themselves. Honestly though, I don’t know if I have ever felt this letdown before. I was expecting too much I suppose and things just didn’t go the way that I had hoped. To have two of the most diverse characters go through what they did at the end of this novel just straight up pissed me off. It felt unnecessary. I’m not saying all endings have to be sunshine and rainbows, hell I love a good rainy grey day, but this just left me angry. I don’t even want to talk about the details regarding Annalise that are revealed at the end. I mean, I’m just going to sit here and pretend I never read that. What was the point?!
Sally Green’s writing felt a little off this time around. Things felt different than they had during the first two novels. I know a lot of people don’t enjoy the second person perspective that is present in the first two novels, but it has become such a staple for this trilogy that I was just waiting for it to happen. It did happen, but only once and in the smallest paragraph ever. I was expecting now that Nathan had a firm grasp on his gifts that he would use this particular one more often. For the most part, the writing felt a little rushed this time around.
The most frustrating part about this whole thing is that I still love this story and I still love these characters. I love Nathan and his angst. I love Gabriel and his good naturedness. I love the diversity of the characters and the overall message of equality that this series primarily focuses on. The problem is that I feel as though this final novel didn’t provide anything for the story. It was almost as if nothing happened until the very end of the novel and the moments that did stand out made me really upset.
I think it’s time for me to apologize as this review has somewhat become a bit of a rant. I’m just frustrated. This was one of those series that I loved and had such high hopes for. I was anticipating this release above so many others and I’m sad to say that unfortunately I was left feeling let down.