The United Continuums neatly wraps up the trilogy but also leaves open the possibility for future stories. Although the ending was satisfying, perhaps too much time was spent on the other continuums and not enough focus on our protagonists. But those who really liked the first two books will find more of the same here.
Story: The Second Continuum has reappeared in space and has made its intentions known: to wrest control of the Doom project and destroy the other continuums. Myra, Aero, and Seeker will each have a battle to fight: Aero to regain control of the Second Continuum, Seeker, to influence her people, and Myra to prevent the evil Second Continuum leader Drakken from killing her in dreamspace. But each of their continuums are lead by selfish and destructive individuals just as dangerous as Drakken – will they be able to unite the continuums in the fight against Drakken?
Admittedly, I liked this book least of the three. For one, it’s frustrating to once again have a ‘big bad’ telling our heroes his exact plans down to the finest detail – sure, he’s a megalomaniac; but that doesn’t mean he has to twist his metaphorical mustache while revealing all his nefarious plans. Similarly, even the name Drakken sounds cartoony to the point of middle grade read. It was hard to take it seriously when he was monologuing his evil plans.
Similarly, I found the focus of the book to be all over the place. I think the writer perhaps didn’t have enough plot while the heroes essentially ‘waited’ for Drakken to arrive. So we have the POV switching from each of the continuums: Aero and Seeker taking control back of theirs was fine but I admit I lost interest reading so much about what was still happening in the 13th continuum underwater. I think I would have preferred to be surprised about whether they made it or not rather than continuing to follow their story and taking away from the main plot of Aero, Seeker, Myra.
Also kind of frustrating was the lack of nuance between good and evil. The evil were evil – just for the point of being evil. Similarly, the good guys also felt narrowly drawn and far too good. I especially grew annoyed with Divinus’ ‘my dear’ over and over again to Myra. He could be paternal without it, to be honest, and it wouldn’t have come off so treacly.
I think as a shallow read the book is fine – and most should be very satisfied with it. I just expected much more at this point – more richness and nuance in the world and characters. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.