06 March, 2017

#BookReview :: The Keeper (Vega Jane #2) by David Baldacci

Vega Jane was always told no one could leave the town of Wormwood. She was told there was nothing outside but the Quag, a wilderness filled with danger and death. And she believed it - until the night she stumbled across a secret that proved that everything she knew was a lie.

Now just one thing stands between Vega Jane and freedom - the Quag. In order to leave Wormwood and discover the truth about her world, Vega and her best friend Delph must find a way to make it across a terrifying land of bloodthirsty creatures and sinister magic. But the Quag is worse than Vega Jane's darkest imagining. It's a living, breathing prison designed to keep enemies out and the villagers of Wormwood in.

The Quag will throw everything at Vega Jane. It will try to break her. It will try to kill her. And survival might come at a price not even Vega Jane is willing to pay.

The Keeper takes off with Vega and Delph stumbling through the Quag in order to discover the magical world that lays beyond Wormwood and the Quag. Vega’s life in Wormwood only tells of the tale that anyone who ventures into the Quag meets a horrible death. But after discovering a certain truth, Vega starts to question everything she has been taught throughout her life. The question is though whether Vega Jane and Delph are ready to handle what the Quag throws at them?

The Quag presents an interesting setting. It feels like a living-breathing entity that can make life very difficult for anyone who enters it. There are several beasts that Vega and Delph face off with. To further complicate things, there is someone who is trying to raise an army in order to destroy Wormwood. 

Needless to say, that there is a ton of action in this book to keep a reader going. However, there are times when I wondered if the plot was progressing at all because despite all the action, the pace of the story seemed to be lagging. It felt like a whole lot of hullabaloo for nothing. What does work in the book is the character developments. Both Vega and Delphi makes huge progress from the juveniles that they were in the first book. The things they see and must survive really makes them grow leaps and bounds. 

In general, I did like the turn the story takes in this book. It makes me wonder about what else the author has up his sleeve for us in the next book. The drama and the action keeps the book going and the author’s crisp narrative makes up for the few places where the pace lags. 

I would recommend this series to people who like a mix of fantasy and dystopia. 

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