Twell & the Uprising, Kate O’Leary

In the final adventure, Twell must escape her torturers on Abwarz, rescue Shay and somehow return to Como where she’s sure to face punishment for desertion. At the end of the second book, Shay and her colleagues are captured, and Twell abandons the Army of Powers, and her friends, to launch a suicidal rescue mission. Now, we follow Twell as she is used as a guinea pig by the Abwarzians, tortured and forced to display her powers. If she doesn’t, they’ll kill her guardian.

After being rescued by the Army of Powers, Twell must face the consequences of her actions, deal with those still longing for rebellion and Jonas’ broken heart. After all she did to them, she is stunned they came to save her and still care for, especially Jonaz. It was intriguing to see Twell and Jonaz take their relationship to another level, not dealing with immature jealousy but a difference of views and actions. Their heartbreak is painful to read, their love for each other making it even more agonising that they can’t agree though their love is hopefully strong enough to overcome this.

Her experience on Abwarz, though traumatic, allowed her to understand the enemy better. Just like on Como not everyone believes in their government. It was a great demonstration that despite their differences, both sides of the war have more in common than they think (even if they aren’t the same species). There were some interesting Abwarzian characters; from the old man who tended to Twell to the young soldier who refused to fight her. For the first two books, the Abwarzians were demonised by the Como government while Twell became suspicious of the propaganda and it great to finally get to see the average Abwarzians.

The build-up and reveal were handled well by the writer, especially as a budding author. Throughout three books her writing improved, her style was likeable and am keen to read more in the future. Though her paragraphs were too long, and the multiple character names beginning with ‘m’ could be improved. However, the names could be a display of cultural norms.

Overall, the trilogy was fun and enjoyable with serious underlying themes. Each book had unexpected twists and turns, every book following nicely into the next. The characters were well thought out and developed over their adventures, especially Twell, Jonaz and their friends. I enjoyed this book and the series, and give it 4/5.


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