After the death of all their companions, John and Brooke escaped and now they’re hunting Withered based in Hulla’s memories which are stored in Brooke’s mind. They use Potash’s provisions and they hitchhike from town to town. Boy Dog, John’s adopted dog, is traveling with them.
In the search of Attina, a Withered from whom Brooke remembers only the place where it was staying, they arrive to Dillon, a town where everyone is happy and there are no records of violence or strange deaths, nevertheless this is the town where Attina was last seen and, oddly, after their stay there, a boy is killed in a very violent way. This is the beginning of a series of brutal murders.
Brooke is highly unstable and she’s manifesting more identities. One of them is Marci and John has no idea how to deal with her, he misses her so much, but she’s in Brooke’s body. Together, they’ll discover who’s Attina and what it lacks. It seems that this Withered was very adapted to its peaceful life because of its lack.
I liked that Brooke and John were alone and not following the FBI’s rules. It was easier for them to search and kill all the Withered, despite that they were fugitives and their life conditions were terrible. John didn’t want that life for Brooke.
Attina was a very interesting Withered, very difficult to figure out. It managed to live peacefully for many years until John arrived, nevertheless it was very dangerous and I’m glad it found its end. It was good that Brooke’s desperate suicidal wish and her instability served for a good purpose.
I’ve enjoyed reading all this books because the story is great. John Wayne Cleaver is an unique and strong character. Despite his sociopathy, he’s doing something that helps the society, and he’s not being so sociopathic anymore. He does it to saciate his killing wish, but also, because he knows that Withered are evil and they must dissapear.
It’s good to know that there will be another book. I look forward to read it. This is an excellent series!