“I could still feel the thirteen-year-old scars stretched across my neck. Scars my mother’s murderer had left with me for life. Scars his son had tried his hardest to kiss away.”
I was on the fence about reading this third installment. As much as I loved the first two books in the series, and desperately wanted to continue on, I accidentally spoiled myself on a particular storyline in this book. It was a very personal issue for me, and it triggered me for days. So, the simple idea of picking up this book was kind of scary. Eventually, though, I caved, unable to hold myself back. I’d really missed the characters, and I actually really trusted the author to deliver a satisfying story, no matter what happened. And I was right.
St. Clair starts off right where Looks Over ends. Skylar continues to deal with the truth his father kept from him so long, and to come to terms with his Shoshone identity. This book deals with much harder situations, including the invasion of the government into the reservation in an attempt to “take back” the land the people bought in the past. It is all, of course, a big scheme in order to arrest Skylar’s father for a murder he committed for the sake of revenge. I found it endearing the way the teenagers of the reservations teamed up to save their land. They came up with many clever plans to work their way around the laws that insisted their lives there were meaningless.
“I think the world is mostly good. I know it is. I’ve met a lot of good people.”
Again, my favorite part became Skylar and Rafael. But that’s not to say there isn’t much more to love. Skylar’s life in the reservations oftentimes seems secluded from the rest of the world, and nowadays, that’s the best escape anyone could ever find. He deals with many other issues, but nothing that can’t be solved. That’s what I love the most about Rose Christo’s prose. She takes her time to write mostly positive things for her characters, and then when she presents problems, her characters unite and face them head on in the best ways. I can always trust that she will treat my favorite characters with the utmost respect.
I’m glad I decided to read this book after all. I would have never forgiven myself if I put it off any longer. It became one of my favorite books. I have nothing but love for this series.