Squad 312 forever.
This series and these characters will live in my mind and in my heart for the rest of my life. The only reason I didn't read it IMMEDIATELY after it came out was because I had wanted to re-read Aurora Burning and have everything FRESH in my mind. I remembered how it ended, I remembered screaming at my Kindle and thinking it was going to put me into premature labor (kidding...kind of) but remembering the last few pages are a lot different than being fully re-immersed into that world and I am SO glad I waited to start this one.
The first thing you need to know about this book, like the tagline says, is that it's...ABOUT TIME. Sure, yeah, you could easily take that as "it's about time we are getting our hands on this book because I have been DYING from that cliffhanger from book 2" BUT it is straight up ABOUT TIME. And right when I found that out, I was in. I was ALLLLLLLLLLL in. Time travel has always been my jam. Trying to figure out if time is a loop, if it's fixed, if we have to worry about a multiverse of dimensions....it's all a mind-warp that I welcome eagerly. The next bit will feature mild spoilers so proceed with caution.
Our heroes are split into three groups here. Fin, Scarlett, and Zila have been blasted into the past and are forced to live the same day with a woman from that time (Nari) over and over and OVER.
Tyler starts with Saedii post-battle and then after something triggers a very intense and alarming vision, continues on to warn the Aurora Academy that the Ra'haam are coming for them.
Auri, Kal, and Caersan are blasted into a VERY bleak future and need to rush to fix the Weapon or order to prevent the very Ra'haam infested future they were sent to. When I say it's dark--I mean it. These chapters hurt the most BY FAR.
Even though the squad had been split up, it honestly didn't feel that way. They were all trying their best to get back to one another to what they keep trying to do best--save the world. They are all constantly on each other's minds and there is no doubt the lengths each would go in order to be reunited. Plot wise I think that's just about all I can talk about with giving away HUGE spoilers that had me screaming, crying, laughing...basically experiencing the full range of human emotion.
I was reminded throughout this entire book, but especially at the end, that this series and these characters are so special because of their love for one another. They are each other's CHOSEN and found family and not even centuries of time and zillions of lightyears is going to change that. Without going into any detail their love for one another saved each other and the entire galaxy and that is what is going to stick with me the most.
Squad 312, it has been a pleasure and an honor. You are all crazy and amazing and I thank you each for your service to the galaxy and to us readers. You'll forever have a crazed fan in me.
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