MY NOVEL THOUGHTS:
Can the third book be out already??
Stowaway is the sequel to Cargo by Jen Castleberry. Instead of seeing through Cass' eyes we follow Nate on his journey to go keep his sister safe. Along the way Nate has to deal with a lot of mental stuff when it comes to Cass, his sister, the bunker kids he's transported, et. But also bumps into patrol men, deals with a traitor and "visits" a nun. Stowaway quickly depicts Nate as a troubled guy who seems to be hard but really is a big softy (called it!), I was worried about this book being in Nate's point of view but for the most part had nothing to worry for. Although Nate is shown as vulnerable hes still a kick-butt dude.
Outsiders let go of unnecessary things, or die with the petty baggage they could not bare to sacrifice.
Things I didn't like: I have three problems with this book. One - It bothers me when people use the Lords name in vain. Two - Although I liked this book a lot, I had trouble with the first handful of chapters. While I was reading I bumped into a lot of metaphors and they kept coming before you could even take the time to appreciate the metaphor before a new one came round. But as the book went on metaphors weren't so heavily used as it was in the beginning of the book. Three - I feel like although this book has more action scenes (to me at least), Nate's journey to the city through the desert and patrol men and sketchy people wasn't as fleshed out as it could have been.
Here's my theory - The Reservation Trilogy is based more on the characters in this dystopian world rather than the actual dystopian world. I think that's why this new world isn't heavily focused on. I think that's why the knowledge of this new world that we have from Cargo and its sequel, Stowaway, is enough background to understand the Character's story.
Does that make sense?
I feel like this series kinda reminds me of The selection series by Kiera Cass, in the sense that, The Selection wasn't so heavily focused on the dystopian world that was created but rather the characters themselves and the situation that only those particular characters were in. Maybe Jen will explain more of the dystopian world in the last installation of the trilogy but if she doesn't this is my theory on why and I've made my peace haha.
"I am her brother. She will keep me. She will."
Things I liked: I really liked Nate's character growth and his well developed background. I think Jen did a really wonderful job of weaving Nate's memories and past actions from Cargo into Stowaway. A lot of things that Nate did or said in Cargo were explained and talked about in this book. I think Nate is a good person who just lost a lot in his life. I think the action in this book was crazy but not in a bad way (a bit gruesome in one scene but besides that).
I think Stowaway's plot was good, it had a lot of elements that Cargo didn't but lacked the one thing I really wanted to know. What is Cass doing while Nate is on his journey? I think that even though I enjoyed this book thoroughly I just needed a bit more from it. But lets say that the cliffhanger makes up for it and it has me as they say "shook".
MY OVERALL RATING:
Although I needed a bit more from Stowaway, I cant wait for book three already haha.
Stowaway BLURB || source: Goodreads
Twelve years ago, Nathan was forcibly transferred into governmental custody.
Once a brother, a son, and an outsider, he is now little more than an instrument of the Continental Order.
At least, that's what his superiors think.
Now, the Order is shipping out, and a resurgence of destruction lies in wait for the continent.
Will Nathan break free and embrace the hostile outside world, or will he take his place on the last train scheduled for the Reservation?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jen Castleberry
Jen Castleberry is a North Carolina native currently based in Virginia Beach, VA. She is a Communications graduate and proud ECU alum.
When she's not writing, Castleberry works as a Veterinary Assistant at a local animal shelter.
Her affection for all critters, large and small, comes home with her at the end of each day. She frequently lends her house and heart to homeless animals in need of foster.
Her own clan of silly creatures include an Akita, a Basset Hound, a Maine Coon, and of course, her active-duty husband.
At twenty-seven, Castleberry hopes to soon realize a life-long dream of writing professionally.
The first installment of her YA debut series premiered in January of 2016.
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