Dreg City #3 | August 2, 2011
Been there. Done that. Evy Stone is a former Dreg Bounty Hunter who died and came back to life with some extraordinary powers. Now all but five people in the world think she is dead again, this time for good—immolated in a factory fire set specifically for her. Evy and Wyatt, her partner/lover/friend, can no longer trust their former allies, or even the highest echelons of the Triads—the army of fighters holding back from an unsuspecting public a tide of quarreling, otherworldly creatures—they can trust only each other. Because when the Triads raided a macabre, monster-filled lab of science experiments and hauled away the remnants, they failed to capture their creator: a brilliant, vampire-obsessed scientist with a wealth of powerful, anti-Dreg weaponry to trade for what he desires most of all—Evy Stone: alive and well, and the key to his ultimate experiment in mad science.
"You were dead."
"Since when has that stopped me?"
I ventured well past page 100 before I became invested in this story, but it turned out to be worth the wait. The ending was high-paced, full of action and anticipation, topped off with an emotional reunion and enough unresolved issues to have me eagerly anticipating "Wrong Side of Dead".
I have an odd relationship with this series. I fell in love with the first book, "Three Days to Dead". The story line, the characters, the overall writing-style just blew me away. I love my stories dark and gritty, with lots of gore, an emotionally-crippled protagonist, and a small touch of romance that builds with each story. Check, check, check, and check.
Then I read the sequel, "As Lie The Dead". It was full of minor annoyances and enough head-scratching moments that I would have second-guessed pre-ordering the third book if I hadn't already done so.
Evy's decision-making skills were severly impaired at times and she was a formerly trained hunter who was often in life-or-death situations ... but never armed herself with a weapon.
Also, the explanation for developing stronger feelings for Wyatt was a little odd. It was blamed mostly on Chalice (the body's previous owner) having her own post-death attraction toward Wyatt. So I couldn't decide if I should root for their relationship or not, because Evy herself didn't actually seem to love him.
Another thing was Evy's attitude. I like tough chicks that like to talk a lot of shit ..... if they can back it up. Evy talks hardcore, but she was in constant need of help when evading danger or even death. Instead of being an admirable trait, it makes her look like a fool when she mouths off to others and can't completely protect herself.
Sooo... the first half of "Another Kind of Dead" was reminiscent of my feelings toward the sequel and then later on in the story it became more intriguing and reminded me of why I first fell in love with the series.
The time line doesn't progress much, so the scenery doesn't change and the villians are all still connected in one way or another.
And Evy still gets her ass kicked a lot...
.. but she kicks some ass too!
She's still admirably self-sacrificing, puts her teleporting skills to good use, and feels more confident than ever about her feelings toward Wyatt Truman.
So mark your calendars! "Wrong Side of Dead" will release January 31, 2012.