Thanks to NetGalley and Del Rey for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Release Date: March 7th, 2017
Synopsis: “We thought this place was our destiny–not our doom.”
Pawns in a millennia-old struggle, the young people only known as the Birthday Children were genetically engineered to survive on the planet Omeyocan–but they were never meant to live there. They were made to be “overwritten,” their minds wiped and replaced by the conscious of the monsters who created them.
Em changed all that.
She unified her people and led a revolt against their creators. Em and her friends escaped an ancient ghost ship and fled to Omeyocan. They thought they would find an uninhabited paradise. Instead, they found the ruins of a massive city long since swallowed by the jungle. And they weren’t alone. The Birthday Children fought for survival against the elements, jungle wildlife, the “Grownups” who created them…and, as evil corrupted their numbers, even against themselves.
With these opponents finally defeated, Em and her people realized that more threats were coming, traveling from across the universe to lay claim to their planet. The Birthday Children have prepared as best they can against this alien armada. Now, as the first ships reach orbit around Omeyocan, the final battle for the planet begins.
I’ve loved this trilogy from the beginning so I’m happy to say it ends on a high note. All the characters, especially Em have gone through so many changes since the first book, and it’s been wonderful watching them grow. They all have their flaws, but this just makes them more realistic. And the villains aren’t even completely evil, not even the worst of them, Matilda. While I absolutely despised her in the previous two books, after finally learning her backstory, I was surprised to find myself feeling some sympathy for her. There’s plenty of action which keeps the story moving swiftly along, and the ending is bittersweet yet satisfying. The best part is that any lingering questions are answered so there are no frustrating plot holes. I would caution that because of some of the brutality that takes place in this series, it’s definitely more for older teens. That said, this is one of the strongest finales I’ve had the pleasure of reading. I highly recommend The Generations trilogy to YA and adult fans of science fiction and thrillers.