The Crimson Skew by S.E. Grove picks up right where we left off in The Golden Specific. Sophia is following her hard earned map toward her parents, Theo is forced into the army and a war he wants nothing to do with, and Shadrack is frantically searching for a way to right New Occident and end the corruption.
This book introduces new struggles and ties up loose ends. Old friends reappear and many questions are answered. We learn much about Sophia and Theo and we watch them grow with every trial they face.
I know, not much of a synopsis but without reading the other two books it is almost impossible to sum up this complex series. I mentioned in my last post about this series, that these books contain A LOT. There is so much going on that I am surprised it is intended for such a young audience. I’m not sure a middle school reader would really get all of the tiny intricacies of the story.
My favorite part of this book was that we get to see all of our favorite characters again. The characters really make this series. Each one is unique and full of their own spunk. Sophia seems to be the epicenter of this crew; she draws people to her and to her cause.
The maps were really my favorite part of the whole series. Memory maps, smoke maps, onion maps, maps made of any and everything, each doing something different. It was neat to “see.”
The series as a whole was unique, exciting and full of … well a lot. I enjoyed it and found myself wondering where it would lead. As much as I enjoyed it, this wasn’t a book I was left thinking about. It was good but one I probably wouldn’t read again. This one gets 3 stars from me and the series as a whole I’d give 3.5.
That’s all for now!