Ok, so it’s unfair to start this review without first establishing the fact that I am strongly TEAM COLE. I haven’t read Everbound or Evertrue yet, so that may change but I just really love a redeemable character and Cole feels that way to me.
While Jack is good and sweet and has that whole “I’ve loved you since we were kids” thing going for him, he comes across as very blah to me. Cole is more complex, and frankly more confusing. He’s an Everliving. He supposedly doesn’t have any emotions left except what he syphons off of other people. Yet, he has moments of selflessness and genuine tenderness that make me sympathize with him and what I see as his effort to regain some humanity. Sure, he makes selfish decisions and definitely has major flaws of character, but I can’t get over the thought that he can be redeemed.
This particular story takes place between the first two books and centers around Cole’s struggle as wrestles with the question, “Is it the crown he wants or just Nikki?” throughout the story. It’s almost heartbreaking to watch as he tries and fails to nail down his true nature. Sweet Cole…so conflicted he can’t even decide for himself what he feels. It adds a depth to his character and actions that I think truly adds to his complexity and likeability.
Overall, Neverfall was an awesome opportunity to get to know Cole better from inside his head. I liked Cole better than Jack in Everneath, but now I’m thoroughly cheering for him as I go on to Everbound. I hope he doesn’t let me down!
– POV? Cole
-Where does it fit? Between books 1 and 2
-Prior Knowledge needed? Yes