Undone (Unknown #3) by Wendy Higgins
USA Today and New York Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins, brings you the gripping, sensual conclusion to her apocalyptic trilogy.
Amber Tate never dreamed their heart-wrenching escape from the enemy’s attack would lead them to the most beautiful place she’s ever seen, marred by one ugly fact; it’s under enemy control. Like everywhere else in the world, Elmendorf military base in Alaska has been captured, and it’s time to take it back—all of it—one base, one city at a time. After losing so much, Amber clings to the only precious person she has left, and vows to sacrifice everything to help save the Earth.
Remy Haines is a lover, not a fighter, so when she finds herself in enemy territory, expected to feign allegiance while gathering intel for the rebel cause, she’s never been more out of her element. Tensions only increase when her feelings for Jacob “Tater” Tate won’t go away, and the enemy’s leader takes an interest in her. She’s torn between what her heart wants, and what she knows she should do. As for what her body needs…well, it’s always had a mind of its own.
Okay I know I wasn't expecting much from Undone after those first two books and...it didn't get any better. Man this series was seriously annoying. I hated the characters, the romance was super lame, everything was just not good. I am still surprised as I loved Sweet Evil and those books so I expected more. At least the same level of storytelling, but if I didn't know better I would say this was the first thing the author wrote and she wrote Sweet Evil later. I actually went back and re-read Sweet Evil after I finished this just to see if I was not remembering the writing style and such correctly, but no that is a MUCH better book. The writing, the characters, the story, everything is sooooo much better than in this series. I don't get it. *spoilers ahead*
So Undone is the conclusion of this series. Where our heroes and heroines take down the aliens and save the world. Or what is left of it. The story is told from Amber and Remy's point of views. And maybe a few other people, but they were the main ones. Remy and Tater and lady who liked Rylan and is super tough were captured by the aliens and they pretended to be on the aliens side so they could live at their main camp and try and take them down from the inside. Which...okay here is a HUGE issue I have with this story. Which I didn't really think that much about until this happened. Until people were captured and interviewed by the aliens, they told the aliens lies, and the aliens just said okay and let them in. So it was set up in the first book that the aliens have these mind control powers. They can make you do what they want, say what you really think and feel, if they use them. So why don't the aliens use these powers? Why not use them when interviewing these suspect people? Why just ask them questions normally and they say whatever and just believe them? That makes no sense. None. I mean...I don't get it. But after I thought of it I realized there were so many times when they could have made things easier and just used the mind control to get things done. Like why wouldn't they use it all the time to keep the humans compliant and doing what they wanted? You gave them this power and then it is only used once or twice for not much which doesn't make sense. Like when grandpa wouldn't hand over the keys in the first book instead of having Tater and Rylan move out of the way, why not just have grandpa hand over the keys? That would have been simpler and easier and then the family wouldn't get upset and would be easier to round up and kill them all as a whole. Or why not just kill everyone right then? So yeah, the whole mind control thing the aliens had was way underused and I didn't understand why. It was almost useless to them as they used it so ineffectively.
So Remy was still just as stupid as she was in the other books. The senator turns out to be the leader of the aliens and at first she is super upset, but then of course the senator thinks she is all that and treats her special so Remy is all he is not bad! At the end she even tries to save the senator and the kids because golly gee guys we can all get along and live peacefully even though the aliens killed everyones family and friends and were absolutely horrible to humans. Who cares that they bombed everyone I cared about except the few who managed to get out, we can all live in peace and harmony with these aliens. Sure. Yeah. Really. No. No. Sorry no. You kill my entire family I don't care how "nice" you are now that you are not in charge I will never trust you and won't want to live amongst you. I would want you locked up somewhere far away so you can't hurt anyone else I come to care about. Yeah. So Remy was all wide eyed optimist still with the huge heart and no. It was too much.
On the other hand Amber is up in Alaska with everyone else planning their final siege. It is very lucky that the aliens all procreate at the same time and it makes the guys crazy when they do so they good guys have a great window of opportunity. But first they have to take down the outpost in Alaska so they know the aliens plans and when exactly the sexy times were planned. And man Amber was still acting like a stupid 12 year old the whole time. She was taken along when they were taking down the Alaskan post and she is incredibly stupid when she hears someone coming her way it can only be one of the good guys right and she goes crazy getting to them only *shock surprise* it was an alien and then a gun fired and alerted the rest of the aliens that they were under attack. Great job Amber. I see why you wanted to come along. To mess things up and get people killed. Yes, she feels terrible afterwards, but geez she was stupid. I get it can be hard to think straight in difficult situations, but man. It was hard to believe she was as old as she was supposed to be. Because she never acted like it.
So the main battle, taking down the aliens and getting control of earth back, was a bit disappointing. It was all way too easy. And way too quick. Just like woohoo! We won. End of story. I don't know. I don't really understand why everyone seems to love this series. The writing is not that good, the characters are not realistic and feel like they are young children, everything is too easy, the aliens have powers they don't use, it was all just a mess. I don't know what happened with this, or maybe the Sweet series was just a fluke. This wasn't good. Not at all. I don't understand.
*Note: I received a free copy of this book for voluntary review consideration