Title: The Disappearances
Author: Gemma Malley
Series: The Killables Trilogy (Book Two)
Who’s it for? Teens
What’s it about? Picking up almost a year after The Killables left off, we find Lucas now running the City. But things haven’t gone smoothly. The Brother is still spreading his poison, the people are mutinous – seeing the loss of the System as a bad thing, rather than good – and to top it all off teenagers are going missing. They disappear on their way to work, while hanging out with friends, while sleeping safe in their beds. Lucas is forced to leave, to find help, not knowing that the truth is worse than he could possibly have imagined…
What’s good about it? It’s intelligently written. This has better pacing and more action than its predecessor, possibly because more is focused on Lucas and on the actions of others rather than Evie – who spent most of her time thinking and rebelling with words.
The three intertwining plot lines – one in the past, two in the present – did get a tiny bit confusing at points but they wove together really well and really ramped up the tension.
What’s bad about it? Raffy. I pretty much loathe him.
The verdict? Now you might be wondering why I’ve barely written anything for what’s good and what’s bad, well the thing is that this doesn’t fit neatly into those categories. I enjoyed the first book because it was intelligently written and the characters were great (aside from Raffy, I dislike him even then). This book is also great for just those two reasons, but the rest…
It inspired fairly epic levels of rage.
I don’t mean in an ‘it’s terrible and I hate it’ way – it’s brilliant! But I got so into it that at one point I threw it across the room in a fit of rage and then sheepishly gathered it up a few seconds later and tried to find my page again.
It’s mostly because of Raffy. I have no sympathy for him. He’s angry at the world and angry at Lucas for not really being someone he can be angry at and for having to live forever in the shadow of someone so good. He’s also crazily possessive and jealous and AAARGH! I’m trying very hard not to spoil various parts of the book, but yeah, his relationship with Evie is hideous.
Otherwise, there are some massive revelations dropped in this book, and I did very much enjoy the peeks into the past. Also I loved getting to know more about Lucas and what made him tick.
Overall, despite the rage, it’s a great read although it’s interesting that there’s very little involvement from any women other than Evie.
I am a bit gutted I’ve finished this though, now I have forever to wait for the next part!