I had high expectations when I saw Joe Hart’s The Final Trade on NetGalley. I had picked up its predecessor, The Last Girl as a Kindle First promotion. I was critical of the ending of The Last Girl but other than that it was a great read. Everything I enjoyed in the first book, I enjoyed in the second book: Situational writing, depraved dystopian society, etc. The pace moved along nicely, and there wasn’t anything that stood out except the ending.
Just like book one, this one ends with a lot of the themes introduced in the story resolved, but the overarching story behind Zoey remains unresolved. I was more enamored with the back-stories of the supporting characters and felt that Zoey took a step back as a developed character in this story.
The main villains in The Final Trade were, as so many villains are, one-dimensional. They seemed to do the bad things simply because the author and/or story needed them to. I felt no sympathy for them and had no investment either.
I liked The Final Trade more than I liked The Last Girl, but I continue to be unimpressed with the story. It may seem harsh, but that’s the way I feel. I’ll still pick up the third and final book in the series, and I’d wager that stand alone books from Joe Hart are probably going to be good reads.
Three-and-a-half stars is my rating for book two, and once all three books are available, I highly recommend picking them all up for an interesting read.