05 May, 2017

#BookReview :: The Width of the World (Vega Jane #3) by David Baldacci

This is it. Vega Jane’s time. She’s been lied to her whole life, so she breaks away from Wormwood, the only home she’s ever known, in search of the truth. She battles horrors to fight her way across the Quag with her best friend, Delph, and her mysterious canine, Harry Two. Against all odds, they survive unimaginable dangers and make it through.

And into a new world that’s even worse. Not because deadly beasts roam the cobblestones, but because the people are enslaved but don’t even know it. It’s up to Vega, Delph, Harry Two and their new comrade, Petra, to take up the fight against a foe that’s unrivaled in savagery and cunning. Not only is Vega’s life and the lives of her friends on the line, but whether she triumphs or fails will determine whether a whole world survives. 

Vega and Delph reach the end of the Quag along with their new friend Petra. At the end of the Quag is a wall with a town on the other side. At a glance, it seems like a normal and happy town; it is only when you take a closer look that you realize that not everything is as it seems. The town is ruled by a race who brainwashes the townsfolk and steals magic from those who have it. With the discovery of a safe-haven for herself and her friends, Vega fights for the rights and life of these common folks.

Here’s the thing… three books into the series, the characters should have settled down by now. While Vega and Delph seemed to grow in book 2, the characters and their dynamics didn’t really work for me in this book. Most of them felt flaky to me for most part. The fun part in this book is Vega discovering where her ancestors came from and the training of the new recruits. Like the previous book, there is a lot of action and drama to pull the book through.

Then again, there were certain inconsistencies in the book that didn’t quite add up and made the reading experience more like a hurdle race. I was hoping that this would be the conclusion, making this a trilogy. But from the climax of the book, it is quite clear that there are more books to come in the series. On one hand, I do want to know if Vega will evolve further, but on the other hand the general inconsistencies and the inconsistency with the characters are really bummers. 

At the end of this book, I am not sure whether I want to pick up the next in the series when it releases.

 Review Copy received from Pan Macmillan India

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