Friday, May 8, 2015

Review:: Rapture, by Kameron Hurley

Title: Rapture
Author: Kameron Hurley
Series: Bel Dame Apocrypha, #3
Format: Paperback
Rating: ★★★★☆


Hnnn. <3 Rapture gave me whatever ephemeral something was missing. Less of an action ride than Infidel and more confident than God's War, Rapture brings the Bel Dame Apocrypha arc to just the right end, with everyone in their respective places.

Rapture follows a lot of the same themes as the previous books, but somehow it seems grittier and true because Nyx has finally gained something besides herself she's afraid to lose. And yet, she's still completely self-preserving. I really love how Kameron Hurley manages to write a character who is, for all intents and purposes, completely despicable and manages to not only engage the reader, but enjoy Nyx's shenanigans.

The other thing I loved about Rapture is that the punches were not held back. Unsurprisingly, people die... but Kameron Hurley does not spare the darlings. Also unsurprisingly, there's a betrayal. (Was it in Infidel that Nyx made a comment about how someone always betrays? I think so.) However, I honestly did not see it coming, despite the pattern and hints dropped. Sometimes it's so nice to be in the dark.

And everything really does end just right. Everything changes, and yet Nyx never does—to me that's a big part of what this series is about. Once you create a weapon, what else can it be? I also really appreciated that Nyx is not alone in this status, with the addition of a new, wonderful character. I wish we could learn more about her... maybe one of Kameron Hurley's works in this universe covers her more clearly.

Actually, to be honest, there were several characters in this book that fit that description. Also, a trans character whose transness is not a plot point or really that important at all. Because this series wasn't already amazingly diverse enough. Hnnn. <3

So once again, all I can say is this: read these books. They can be tough to find physical copies of, especially Infidel and Rapture, but you can get eBooks easily. Also, don't forget the library. Even if your local library doesn't have a copy, that doesn't mean they can't source a copy for you.

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