The final installment of Rysa Walker’s Delphi Trilogy was a satisfying, fast-paced sprint across states and days to answer lingering questions and tie up all lose ends. The 528 pages passed by like a snap of the fingers, leaving me without the all-too-familiar book hangover associated with unaddressed issues or unresolved relationship quandaries. In short, it was the perfect end to a trilogy.
This book is quite a bit darker than the other two in the trilogy, mainly because Anna must confront the realities of having a certifiable psychopath in her mind, who is capable of taking control of her body when she sleeps. Knowing that she is putting her closest friends at risk just from being around her, will naturally lead Anna to do some pretty stupid things…leading everyone into more danger than they have been in previously, as they circle closer and closer to the multi-layered plot revolving around the Delphi Project and the psychic serums. To top it off, Ann may even start to feel some sympathy for her evil hitcher as she learns more about him, which begs some serious questions about right and wrong, and good vs. evil. Is the enemy of your enemy always your friend….or just some other weird type of enemy?
As these moralistic questions are explored, additional questions about the nature of the government, and our trust in the party system, free and fair elections, and how we treat those who are different from ourselves are touched on as well. As a political science nerd, and U.S. History teacher, I find these themes equally compelling to the fantasy-driven narrative typically used in books like these. And of course, underlying all of this is the slow, and at times sexy, burn of Anna and Aaron’s relationship…which will be wonderfully hashed out for the happily-ever-after crowd.
All in all, fans of this series will be pleased with the conclusion, and those who have not read the previous installments should just go ahead and purchase the series…its a fun ride!