Book Review: The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
I'll be honest, I reallyyyyy wanted to love this, but it fell a little short for me. It took me about four tries of really pushing myself to get into the book. After about half way through I hit my stride, got much more interested, and was able to finish it. I truly enjoyed the ending. I get what other reviewers meant when they said it was the best outcome we could have gotten for these characters and I have to agree. The ending was satisfying and fitting and I can't imagine it being any other way!
Another qualm that I had was just that the book was so short! I felt like Marie Lu could have expanded on so much more of the action and their time spent in the Underworld. I think that would have been an incredible journey that would have really made up for the 1st half of the book for me.
I really enjoyed Adelina's final character arc here. To getting some resolution with Enzo, solidifying her relationship with Magiano, and making up with her sister and former friends, Adelina's arc was wholly satisfying in the end! I've always loved how complex and dimensional Adelina is and how Marie Lu has never made it easy for her character. She's always fought tooth and nail for what she wants/what she believes in (no matter how misguided) and this book is no different. To read from such a dark, often demented, point of view constantly made my moral compass jump all over the place, which made for a really awesome ride throughout this series.
And then there is Teren. I've always found him interesting, but I never thought I'd come to care for him. Like I mentioned before, I found this book to be a bit short, BUT even in this lesser amount of pages Marie Lu sucked me in and made me care about this lunatic and if that isn't a testament to her talent then I don't know what is!
Aaand, finally, that fairytale at the end-- my heart! I love the sweet, simple redemption that it gave us for Adelina and Magiano! There aren't really many ways that this story could have concluded happily. Not with Adelina's dodgy track record, at least. Anyway, regardless about my qualms of wanting MORE, having read this series and the Legend series I can't wait to see what Marie Lu has in store for us next!