The penultimate book in The Unwritten was a bit of a letdown. It felt really unfocused. Granted, the whole thing is about stories coming unraveled, and that might be the point, but either way, it wasn’t a super great reading experience. I feel like there could have been a better way to convey a world that’s lost its purpose without having the story feel a little bit purposeless as well.
Tom has finally made it back to the real world after a year of being lost in storyworld. When we first started the series, the Cabal’s messing with Leviathan to guide the political and economic landscapes could only be felt if you paid close attention, but now that Leviathan is dying, his death throes have resulted in an apocalypse. Because people don’t have any connection to stories any longer, the stories are running amok, and Pullman is doing his best to antagonize everything, and bring on Leviathan’s death that much sooner. We get appearances from all the players who are still in the game: Wilson Taylor, Madame Rausch, Pauly Bruckner, Richie, Lizzie, Cosima, Leon, Pullman, Didge, Armitage, and a whole bunch of others.
If you haven’t read any of the other books in this series, you have NO IDEA what I’m talking about.
Man, I just really hope they stick the ending.