So if you don't remember or you haven't read The Rig, William Drake, Michael Tristan and Irene Finlay broke out of the most secure prison The Alliance had ever put up, but in a way, they are still in prison, if you get what I mean. Apparently you are never truly free while on the run. That being said, those cheeseburgers and milkshakes are basically why breaking out of The Rig can be so delightful. Right now, the gang are in St. Johns, and Drake's mom is still an ocean away and is now under twenty-four hour surveillance. Also, this book takes place in 2025 or 26, so the world has a lot more technology now and I never considered from The Rig how good the Alliance system could actually be, especially in some of the big cities, New York notably where the monster behind the sunglasses, Lucien Whitmore, head of the Alliance, awaits. Not only that, back when Drake absorbed so much of that Crystal-X, the weird crystal that blows up like sodium when exposed to the air and gives off ethereal light, living life got easier and harder at the same time.
I could go on, but I won't. This is a book I really don't want to spoil, but I have to say a few things. One is that the book starts off two weeks after the escape and at first I thought that was weird, making it so I didn't automatically get to see where the gang ran when their location was known by Warden Storm and all that, but somehow it actually really works because we get to find out about those two weeks right off the bat rather than dragging on. Later on in the book there's a part involving an apartment that didn't make much sense but then pulled through when I realized it was to pull the story more down on me. There's the life of a criminal in a giant criminal trap mixed with this amazing fantasy that I think every reader who likes good books should love, especially this train part involving a phone call and an army of helicopters, and throughout that whole sequence and basically through the rest of the book, everything I like in a book had it. Some of the dialogue was so tense, I felt like I was alongside the trio and it was my duty to keep them safe by reading as fast as I could. The fighting during that chapter was kick-ass but horrifying and worrying at the same time even though I didn't expect it to be, plus the details about this, ahem, spoiler alert, crystal arm, make this book simply beautiful. I had a clear image of it and made me giddy about imagining it being true. Guess what it reminded me of?
There are two more compliments I have to give this book before I sign off. One is it has two of the most unpredictable surprises you will ever read in a novel ever. One of them had me fooled so so good even though looking back I feel like I shouldn't have, and it made me look back and think how it didn't make sense and that was why I was glad to be fooled. The second compliment is that after The Rig, I was itching to read the next instalment. With Crystal Force, it's different. No, I'm not not very excited for the next one. Instead of so many books that rely on a little bit of action and then a humungous cliffhanger, this book had more than enough action and drama to stand on it's own as a great book, with yes, a humungous cliffhanger, so whether I have to wait a year or two for the next book, I'm not mad. Crystal Force is an astonishing and strange novel that reminded me of all the fun I had watching the original Ben 10 show, Diamondhead style.