Title: Pandora Jones: Reckoning
Author: Barry Jonsburg
Genre: YA Sci-Fi /Thriller
Quote: …Pan blinked. Something strange was happening to her mind and body. She felt relaxed, but at the same time, acutely aware of everything. She remembered the Professor’s words: she was the cause of the destruction of humanity. And she felt the truth of those words…
Blurb: Pandora Jones now knows the truth, but she is alone and seemingly powerless against the might of The School. Pandora’s problems appear insurmountable. She must convince her team that nothing is as it seems and that they must escape and expose The School to save the world. The only thing Pan has on her side is her gift of intuition, and her belief in the people she cares about.
My Thoughts: RECKONING picks up where ‘Deception’ leaves off; time is running out for the world and RECKONING reflects this by having the pace pick up from the very first page. Pandora’s quandary is that she alone knows the truth about the end of the world and the inhabitants of the school being the only ones left to start the world over. Her team mates have been convinced by the school authorities that Pandora is, well, nuts – so all she needs to do is convince the team she’s not, escape the school and save the world – in 30 days. Not a problem!!! Of course it is not as easy at is all sounds, and she has to do some pretty invasive persuasion to get their attention. When the tensions rise there are a few twists and towards the end an ‘Oh NO!!” moment where I had to flick back the pages to make sure I had read it right! I had. Damn!
Pandora has been an amazing character and she drives the story along – she is tough, she is determined, and she has a very important ability which she starts to gain control over, and frightens her team to death in process. Speaking of the team, she is supported by a very able cast of secondary characters. All of them demonstrate growth in their characters. They are trained to be tough and the school hadn’t considered that the training of these teens might be used against them. Unlike a lot of teen dystopian series there is no over the top drama, no angst-ridden love triangles and even when two of the team members couple up and become pregnant – their decision making is absolutely without emotion other than to survive.
Barry Jonsberg created an incredibly real world, and an incredibly believable scenario. In this final instalment of the Pandora Jones trilogy all is revealed, and it is not really left-field, it is terribly, terribly plausible. The actually ending was an edge of the seat concluding battle as they made their final bid to escape and save the world, but, that is where it stopped, at the beginning of the end, no more story, just the end. Oh and lots of hugging.
I need an epilogue –I need to believe that what I read during the final escape did happen – we thought it had happened before – but it hadn’t – will it, could it happen again? If I can’t have an epilogue then I need book 4
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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it.
With thanks to Allen & Unwin and the author for this copy to read and review. Allen & Unwin recommended retail price is $17.99