Okay folks. I absolutely adored Archivist Wasp, to the point that I was slightly worried about reading the sequel, because lightning striking twice or whatever. That and PhD-finishing meant that it has taken me this long to finally pick it up.
OMG ALL THE FEELS AGAIN. My frigging chest hurts from the feels.
Where to start.
We pick up three-ish years after the events of the first book. Wasp has taken on the name Isabel and she and her former upstarts have settled into a new life. They help look after Sweetwater (the town they live in) and no longer have to battle each other to become Archivist.
It’s a bit of a slow start, gradually introducing us to the changes that have occurred since the events of the last book. But the tension soon ratchets up quite quickly when a marauding group is heading for the town. The type of group that takes all the children to add to their army and kills everyone else. It’s the end of Sweetwater, if the marauders succeed.
I don’t want to say what happens because its all so terrifying and wonderful at the same time. And boy is there some harrowing moments. However, unlike some other books where impossible odds keep getting flung at the protagonists, this all seemed consistent with the universe. There’s an internal coherence to this strange, post-apocalyptic world with the ghosts of super-soldiers roaming about in it.
Basically when things went a bit pear-shaped, it felt like that could happen and the surprise was because we had forgot what this world could throw at Isabel and company. It never felt unrealistic, even though everything is so strange and unworldly.
I love all the characters, all so brilliantly different and defined. Their personalities shine through, peppered with the astrological references of the fallen world. The relationships between the characters make my heart ache, but in a good way. I just love them all, they are so heartbreakingly broken and yet so beautiful at the same time.
I DON’T KNOW WHY I WAITED SO LONG. I mean fine, I had to submit my Phd and do a viva, fine. But still.
Anyway, I’m going to stop friggin’ gushing as its so unseemly.
The ending though. SO MEAN.
There better be a third book, is all I’m saying. I think I’m going to start my first ever Patreon subscription to make that a reality.
I know I’ve already recommended this as a series, but really, buy it for yourself, buy it for your friends. It’s so bloody good.