Daughter of an accused madman, Cherry St. Croix was orphaned at a young age, forced by circumstance and a keen instinct for survival into the life of a thief, a circus performer, and an opium addict.
Cherry has seen the papers, knows a monster hunts working girls below the drift, slicing them open and leaving grisly carnage in his wake.She had n't known that the monster had hunted Hawke 's sweets.
She ha a collector, after all, and collecting things ... people ... even monsters, is what she does.It 's a pity that Cherry, for bot her experience with a life less ordinary, forgot that when you start hunting monsters, they ave a endency to hunt you in return.
vocative and compelling, descriptive to the point of artistry, Cooper uses words to paint gritty and glaring pictures that expose the corrosive cracks in life both above the drift, where Society reigns, and below, where other, far more in-your-face but no less dangerous dregs of humanity roam.The narrative seemed an effortless capture of the pulse of both, with the deftest of touches highlighting even more of the imilarities between the two than the differences.
Cooper seemed so intent on building her world and fleshing it out, as ell as focusing on creating and embellishing the framework for the two faces of Cherry, that the serious threads of external plot conflict often fell to the wayside.When the storyline started to focus too long on Cherry 's role in Society above the drift, including frequent and robust descriptions of hair, clothing, rooms, characters, and the ike, I kne my attention waning.
Unlike Cherry, who often suffers from the perils of her youth, Hawke is in ll ways adult.
That 's not uite a good thing, because I spent most of the Fever series in various stages of annoyance with Mac 's immaturity, even as I like her fighting nature, and that 's exactly the vibe Cherry was throwing off in her own story ( though, strangely, to a much less annoying extent).
If, instead, Cherry and Hawke have nearly as incendiary a relationship as Moning 's characters, well ... I 'll suck it up just as I did before, because that 's one phenomenally bumpy and hellaciously fun ride.Even with this being a series debut, with my expectations set to accept a certain number of unanswered questions, there were a few too many plot threads left unresolved or characters unexplained for me to be completely satisfied with thi story itself.
For me, this debut just had a little too much ocus on the series setup at the detrimen of story elements for the individual book.