Book Review | Half Lost by Sally Green

 

Title – Half Lost.

Author – Sally Green.

Publication date – 29th March 2016.

Publisher – Viking Books for Young Readers.

Series status – Final book in the Half Bad series.


Synopsis

‘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.’

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My thought on the book

4 star book review

I have no idea how to start this, so I’ll start by saying this book ripped my heart into a million pieces.

This book was definitely my favourite of the trilogy. The whole series was fantastic – though there was a slight book two slump – the finale blew me away. It was super fast paced and it kept me on edge the entire way through.

I have a love/hate relationship with Nathan. He was definitely an anti-hero type of character but I liked him for the most part. It was interesting learning about Nathan’s new powers and his battle to control them. One of the things that drove me mad was the way he pushed his friends away especially Gabriel. I wanted to scream at him that people actually cared about him.

Gabriel was by far my favourite character. He was so supportive of Nathan and I loved the relationship the two of them had.

I hated Celia in the first book but when she came back with the alliance I started to like her more and more. I could never forgive her for what she did to Nathan but I always knew she cared about Nathan in her own weird way.

BUT THAT ENDING THOUGH. SOMEONE TELL ME WHY?

I feel this book brought up some important themes. The main one being darkness vs light. I realised there’s light and darkness in ALL of us and I can‘t think of one person who is one or the other. Human beings were built that way and one cannot survive without the other. In the end, Nathan accepted being a half code and that’s just who he is.

This book was also a wonderful coming of age story. We followed Nathan from the start of his journey. We see him grow as a person, accept himself and stop trying to fight who he is.

The ending was SO FREAKING SAD! But it was perfect. I can’t go into much detail because spoilers – but it fitted the story so well. Even though it broke my heart, it was the right way for the story to end. But SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME PUT MY BROKEN HEART BACK TOGETHER.

I loved the first book – I fell in love with the way Sally Green wrote the book. The first half of the second book was slightly slow but the last half made up for it. Half Lost was definitely my favourite. It blew me away and I felt like the writer grew and her writing got better. I’m so sad this series has come to an end, but it’ll stay with me for a long time.


About the author

British author Sally Green is creator of the Half Bad Trilogy, a teen fantasy series with an adult edge that’s been described as ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four with witches.

Sally Green lives in north-west England. In 2010, she started writing and hasn’t stopped since.’

Find Sally: Twitter.

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