Half Lost by Sally Green is the conclusion to the Half Bad trilogy and wow did this trilogy wreck my emotions. Before I jump into specifics about this book below (with spoilers for the first two books), let me just say to those of you who haven’t started this trilogy that it is totally worth it. If you want morally ambiguous YA with homosexual relationships valued equally and cool magic, READ THIS NOW! Okay, now that I’ve addressed the uninitiated, let’s get to the good stuff ;-). I am literally tearing up as I read the description of this again and I finished it weeks ago!
Note: I received an advanced copy of Half Lost from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Half Lost by Sally Green
Narrated by Carl Prekopp
(The Half Bad Trilogy #3)
Published by Viking Penguin on March 29th, 2016
Genres: Dark Fantasy, YA
Page Length: 352 pages
Audio Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
How I got my copy: Publisher
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This is the final battle.
The Alliance is losing the war, and their most critical weapon, seventeen-year-old witch Nathan Byrn, is losing his mind. Nathan’s tally of kills is rising, and yet he’s no closer to ending the tyrannical rule of the Council of White Witches in England. Nor is Nathan any closer to his personal goal: getting revenge on Annalise, the girl he once loved before she committed an unthinkable crime. An amulet protected by the extremely powerful witch Ledger could be the tool Nathan needs to save himself and the Alliance, but this amulet is not so easily acquired. And lately Nathan has started to suffer from visions: a vision of a golden moment when he dies, and of an endless line of Hunters, impossible to overcome. Gabriel, his closest companion, urges Nathan to run away with him, to start a peaceful life together. But even Gabriel’s love may not be enough to save Nathan from this war, or from the person he has become.
Set in modern-day Europe, the final book in the Half Bad trilogy is more than a story about witches. It’s a heart-achingly visceral look at survival and exploitation, the nature of good and evil, and the risks we take for love.
- I’ve said this for every addition to this trilogy, but I must say it again: the audiobook is amazing! There are cool sound effects and changes to Nathan’s narration that really capture his experiences. All the characters are voiced wonderfully and I don’t think I would have fallen so in love with this trilogy if I hadn’t gone the audiobook route.
- You all know that I pretty much never get super invested in romantic plot lines and I didn’t really understand the word “to ship” until recently. So therefore I hope you appreciate the gravity of this statement: MY SHIP IS CANON!!!!!!! And that is all I will say so as not to spoil ;-).
- Half Lost is unique in the trilogy in that we get to see a lot more of the world outside of the UK. Nathan travels to America for a bit so we get a small glimpse of how things look on this side of the pond from a witch’s perspective :D.
- I was addicted to every minute of this conclusion. There is all action all the time and things never got boring, as you’d hope with a concluding chapter haha.
- While I was a ball of sobbing, I did find this conclusion satisfying. Things are wrapped up concerning the main plot line, but there is clear room for where the world and these characters are going to go from here.
- This book was near perfection and then tragedy struck. Queer tragedy to be specific. There is a horrifying tendency in modern storytelling to include LGBT characters and plot lines just for horrible things to happen to them and the message is clear: Queer people cannot have happy endings. I’m really unhappy that this trilogy continued that trend when it otherwise treated sexuality so wonderfully. So yeah, trigger warning if you can’t handle reading another queer tragedy :-/.
Half Lost is overall a wonderful conclusion to a trilogy that unexpectedly burrowed a large place in my heart. The audiobooks really add to Nathan’s story and bring everything to life. You will be sobbing at the end, but you’ll be happy that you shared these moments of Nathan’s life.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Half Lost by Sally Green
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