August 30, 2013

Braine Reviews: Dead Push by Tim O'Rourke

Series: Kiera Hudson II - 7
Format: Mobi
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Publisher: Ravenwoodgreys
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

When two enemies push back together!

“…Most of them just sit as if waiting for someone to join them on their impending journey. Others are rushing for their train as if late for some important meeting. They can’t wait to board one of those trains below ground. When I first discovered this place, I don’t know how long I sat here watching the dead hustle and bustle about, queue at the ticket office and take drinks from the vending machines. Like any new place you visit, like your first day at a new school or in a new job, you soon figure out how things work. I knew I was dead...”
Tim, we're good, we're back on track. You take care of Potter and I'll take care of you.

Sorry if that statement is a little spoilery but as Potter is in the cover art then the cat is out of the bag! How he managed to do that, I'll leave it up to you to find out. Let's just say Tim O'Rourke is one clever and manipulative plotter and I love and hate him (sometimes) in equal measure for all the emotional upheavals we and Kiera Hudson goes through with every. Damn. Frickin'. Book.

DEAD PUSH is book 7 of Kiera Hudson II and before I type any further, I want to congratulate Tim for keeping the series consistent and ALIVE. I mean Kiera Hudson is a bloody epic series now with 12 books and 2 novellas in total! I don't know when it's going to end or if I want it to end at this point! Part of me wants to bid adieu while it's still good and also because I feel sorry for Kiera and the rest of her crew, Tim O'Rourke has tortured them enough, they need a much deserved R&R. 

Going back.

DEAD PUSH might be book 7 but it has a companion novel feel to it. This was told in Potter and Jack's POV as they try to move through a different place, looking for the mysterious Photographer who keeps on taunting them with pictures of future events that usually ends in disaster. They believe that once they catch who this person is, s/he could make things right again for everyone. Well they didn't find the photographer but Potter and Jack Seth's take away was a journey to self discovery. Potter's was in relation to Kiera so his realizations were a little expected. Jack Seth's on the other hand was profound, humanizing and layered in some ways.

If you're a follower of the series, you know that Jack Seth is straddling the boundaries of being an anti-hero and a villain. After Dead Seth my opinion about Jack shifted a little bit. I still don't trust the wolf but knowing his backstory made me understand why he is the way he is and I'm wishing that all's not lost for this guy and hopefully redemption is in the horizon for him. DEAD PUSH sort of explored that possibility for Seth. He's still a jacka** but seeing Isidor (YES! He's back... for now) with Melody Rose had Seth revisiting his past, prompting him to do some self-checks. Whether or not he becomes an ally at this point is till speculative however Jack Seth's internalization here are moving and will really make you reevaluate your opinion about him to an extent.
They feed off the misery cause by separating those that had fallen in love.
Now I have to be honest, at first I didn't feel excited about this because I feel like is just "killing time" instead of sticking with the essentials and working on the ending. But as DEAD PUSH unfold, I realize why this novel is important. Potter and Seth's objective was to find the Photographer and since they failed to do that there's no real resolution here. They did manage to discover a lot of things, especially with regards to those blasted Elders, but aside from that, DEAD PUSH was really about character self-checks for both Potter and Seth. We can expect Potter to make amends for Kiera, Seth on the other had is a wild card. Who knows what he's going to do next.

DEAD PUSH may have veered off a little bit from the main plot of the series but I think it changed the game in some ways. How? We'll find out in Dead Lost coming soon.



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