Release date: June 4th 2015
Endgame is the last book in the Night School series. Don’t read this review if you haven’t read the previous books (what are you waiting for?). However, it is spoiler free for those who have yet to read this final installment. It’s just my opinion (if you’re interested).
The spy is gone but the cost has been high – the rebels at Cimmeria Academy have lost their leader and Carter West is missing. Nathaniel can taste victory. But Allie and the other survivors aren’t done yet. First they have to get Carter back. Then they plan to make Nathaniel pay.
I have no words to describe the feelings I had at the end of Resistance. Leaving us with such tension and uncertainty was cruel! I was obviously very impatient to get my hands on Endgame. I have pre-ordered a copy a few months ago to be sure I got it as close to the release date as possible. But I was lucky enough to be approved on NetGalley for an advance copy of the book, which made me very happy and excited (thank you NetGalley & Bookouture!).
This last book is everything you can hope for and more for a finale. It was very fast-paced and yet is was not rushed. There was so much tension I was out of breath halfway through the book and my stomach was in knots. You know the author is great at what she does when you’re holding your breath in the moments where something happens and when you’re waiting for something to happen. Endgame is like a bomb ticking. My heart skipped a beat quite a few times. Some passages were out-of-this-world incredible (I wish I could give you a hint but I’m pretty sure it would spoil you).
As far as the characters are concerned, it felt so good to see all of them come together again for the last time. Allie really got on my nerves in the beginning (if you’ve read Resistance – if not, what are you doing reading this review?! I said no spoilers but still! – you know that Allie made her choice between Sylvain and Carter and though I was satisfied with her choice, I was not so impressed by how she did it) because she was acting like a coward (something Rachel said did make it a little more okay). As usual, Rachel is the voice of reason – Katie’s too in this one! The team is great: Zoe is phenomenal! There’s a new character that I found very interesting. And Nathaniel is even more threatening and frightening than before because I couldn’t shake the image of Danny Carmel off my head: I met the guy last December and he is so intimidating.
Overall it was a fantastic end to a series. I was so afraid of being disappointed because I had very high expectations but no, the author did it again. To be honest, I think the ending leaves room for another book or a companion novel. I’m not saying it’s an open-ending but to me, Night School is not over (I hope it’s not!!!). Unfortunately, it’s not my call to make and I shed a few tears when it was time to say goodbye. I feel a bit hollow inside but I feel good at the same time. I’m glad I came across this series a few years ago. Now I just need to find a new Cimmeria, a new addiction!