What tickled me: The Evil Other Woman gets her own story! And she’s not really all that evil.
What ticked me off: Maybe a bit over-romanticized.
Who might like it: You won’t want to read it unless you’ve read the first two books in the series.
Brooke is a bridging short story between Through the Ever Night and the upcoming Into the Still Blue, narrated by Brooke, Perry’s former lover. The opening, in which Brooke is somewhat haughtily caring for the rescued Dwellers, whose immune systems are being heavily challenged, brought to mind Scarlet tending the wounded in Gone with the Wind, and the rest of the book somewhat continued that theme — Brooke is tough, and fierce, and very much herself, much like Scarlet. But she shows herself to be a lot smarter about getting over the fact that her first love loves someone else.
This is told in first person present, but I didn’t notice for five chapters — so it’s either really well done, or I’ve just gotten used to this ever-present style. I really liked Brooke getting a voice here, and was pleased with how relevant the dystopian science fiction tale is to themes of young adult life.