I don’t intend in doing book series reviews in one post for all books in the series; this series however I have just finished, and I am torn as to my feelings towards these books… The best metaphor that comes to mind with my feelings towards these books; its like when you are listening to music and you can feel it building and you are waiting for the beat to drop, but then it doesn’t… And you are left with the feeling that it has the base for a great climax, that never comes…
The series surrounds, as the series name suggests, the (main) character named Vega Jane. When I started reading The Finisher it seemed to be based in a Medieval time, as there was no technology (electricity, cars, children were employed etc). As the series progresses however, I was less sure what time period the story was occurring in (which I guess is not that strange given it is a fantasy book).
I’ll do as best as I can, without giving away (too much of?) the story;
The Finisher – Meet Vega Jane; a “Wug” living in a town named Wormwood. Vega is living in a rented shared room with her younger brother as her parents are in “Care” (their hospital). Vega works in a factory, finishing metal products (the reason for the title; Vega is one of two “Finishers” at Stacks, the factory she works at). Vega is trying to juggle working, raising her younger brother, and gets caught up in the mystery of a missing wug. Wug’s are in their own little world, and no-one comes to, or leaves, Wormwood. Wormwood is surrounded by the Quag (which I envisioned to be like swamp-land whilst I was reading the first book), which is filled with wug-eating beasts, with nothing lying beyond. Or so the wugs are told by their council….
The Keeper – The second book in the series; The Keeper see’s Vega and her only friend Delph venturing into the Quag on a quest for the truth. As a reader, this book so many turns I never would have predicted, and not all of them were a flowing plot builder. For Vega and Delph, they also come across many surprising and unexpected happenings in the Quag.
The Width of the World – Third book in the series follows Vega and Delph out of the Quag and into the world beyond. More unexpected twists in this book, but the story itself is progressing along… Much of the past of Wormwood and the Wug’s is revealed, and the book ends on a “cliff-hanger” leading to the opening of another book…
What I liked;
– The characters progress/grow as the books progress and they experience different things
– There is a “guide” in the back of books 2 and 3 describing words and creatures in the wug world (however, this was not provided at the back of book one, which would have been helpful)
– There is pictures in the books, only in black and white, of some of the creatures, or people, which is a nice mix-up to your standard novel
What I didn’t like;
– The plot seems very helter-skelter; as I mentioned earlier, I always had the underlying feeling that there was about to be the best plot-drop ever, and it never seemed to come
– Some things in the plot were border-line ridiculous/over the top
– The writing style.. I am just not a fan, at all..
Over-all, I would rate this series 3 out of 5 stars