I heard a lot of good things about this series over the past few years, and I finally got around to reading it for myself. I didn’t really know what to expect, just that it was a teen romance and that it included fate and angels.
Let’s start with the positive. I loved the alternating narrators, switching off between Aimee and Alan’s points of view. It was cool to get inside both of their heads and see the events of the story from more than one perspective, especially since so much of the conflict is internal. I also really liked the concept of the story, the attention to detail in the background of the setup – like the pieces about Aimee’s mother – and the inclusion of Native American culture. It’s really rare for YA books to include any kind of diversity, and this wasn’t just a token mention: Alan’s spirituality is a key element in After Obsession.
The dark humour and attention to detail that Atwood is known for is definitely one of the strong points of this book. It just made the crazy things happening seem more realistic. Really, it’s one of the best dystopias I’ve ever read, and I do love them, so that’s saying a lot.
Most of the villains in this series have relied on brute force and violence, and it’s been fun reading about Gin taking them all down. Mab’s daughter, Madeline, was introduced at the end of Poison Promise, and is the main villain in Black Widow. Unlike the other villains so far, Madeline doesn’t rely on straightforward attacks, instead coming at Gin and everyone else in a more sneaky, backhanded way.
At the beginning of this book, I found myself really frustrated with some of the characters. I especially was pretty annoyed with Bria – it seemed like she had suddenly become kind of bitchy out of nowhere.