Love the Book. Hate, Really Hate, the Epilogue
I have been infatuated with the adventures of Bobby Pendragon since I bought the first books in the series and read them to my son back in 2005. Even after my son decided he was too old to read YA books, I continued buying every one of them as soon as they came out, and devouring them all by myself.
I don’t know exactly why I love these books. I love the characters and I love the complexity of the story. Each book is a complete adventure and stands on its own. But at the same time each book advances a story arch, bigger in scope than any of the individual stories. You could say each book is a block, together they build a castle.
I found the “castle”, the complete picture of Halla that emerges in this tenth volume quite satisfying. I totally bought into the premise of Halla and Solara and of Saint Dane’s origin and self-delusion.
Pendragon: The Soldiers of Halla works well as an independent book too. In the year that took for this final volume to be published, my recollection of many of the events in the previous ones was sketchy at best. Yet, I never got lost. D.J. MacHale does a great job bringing the reader up to speed, giving the information needed to follow the story in a timely, not intruding way. He also provides the right balance between fast-paced adventure and metaphysical explanations.
Thus my five stars.
Only once I lost my suspension of disbelief and that was when several thousands of people disappeared suddenly from Black Water. I don’t mean through the flume. I get that. I mean, how could Pendragon miss their leaving?
My other complain, and this one is huge, is that I hate, really hate, the Epilogue.
Yes, I wanted Bobby and Courtney to end up together, but not like that. Not in Second Earth, because you see, according to the story, Second Earth changed from the moment Bobby became a traveler at age 14. Which means Bobby, Mark and Courtney’s lives in Second Earth could never have continued as it is described in the epilogue. And what about Bobby’s parents and sister are they allowed to go back to Earth too?
The spirits of Solara, we have been told repeatedly in this last book, do not change the real world. So where does this “fake” Second Earth come from?
So D.J. MacHale, if you ever read this, please, please, cut this epilogue in future editions.
If you want to give Bobby and Courtney a future together why not let Bobby live his human life on Third Earth after the battle has been won? It would make much more sense and they would be themselves. Because, you see, the characters we have grown to love are not the two kids we met in the first book, but the people they have become because of their struggle to save Halla and their confrontation with Saint Dane. Without their memories of these events, they are as good as dead.