After finishing the previous book, I knew this one would be a departure from what we had before. I was afraid that because Lissa and Rose weren't in physical contact any more, I wouldn't get anything from Lissa. However, I got plenty, since Rose couldn't stop herself from checking on her best friend, luckily we didn't miss anything important either.
The story itself is quite different. Before we mostly had some sort of a mystery, which became the task to be resolved by the end. The main story here is a journey. It seems quite hopeless at the beginning, but we can expect that it's not. There are a lot of new things that Rose discovers during her travels, which I found very interesting. The author expanded on the universe in a good way, and didn't feel like she found herself in a bind and just threw things in.
The details in the new environment felt real. As someone who lives in Eastern Europe, though not in any place in the book, I often find that foreign people have a strange idea of what this part of the world looks like, and is like. Okay, the food thing annoyed me a little, though I know that the food there is not always good, but I think there is more of a variety of foreign food than burgers and chips.
The pacing was a bit off in this story. The middle was very slow. I found myself skipping some passages. It picked up again, but I think the middle should have been cut a bit more.
Rose changes a lot in this book. Before she felt like a teen. Not the typical sort, but like a girl at the end of her teens, almost a woman. In this story I kept forgetting she was just 18. She was very grown-up. It would have been a sudden change, had it not been for the end of the previous book. That was such a break in her life, it propelled her to adulthood.
Lissa got into a lot of trouble on her own. She clearly needed Rose to help her. Though I think she felt a bit lost on her own, and also felt bad about what had happened between them. At the end of this book we do discover that Lissa had done her own share of growing up as well.
Overall, an interesting addition to the series. In some regards, this was the most exciting book so far. The twists at the end were obvious to me, but I usually guess the ending of everything without any effort, so that's not a problem. Looking forward to the next two books, though I started to pace myself with them a bit. I'm not sure what I'll read next. Would love recommendations. I really like this one, but hated Twilight and Darkfever.