I spent almost my whole review of the second book in this series being baffled about why I had so many complaints about it, and yet still enjoyed it so much. I’m just going to embrace the cognitive dissonance. I’m in for this series.
Vision in Silver is very much a transition book. Meg was the catalyst for a whole bunch of changes that were gradually creeping up on both the Other and human communities of Lakeside, and then began trickling out to the rest of the world. And now, those changes are beginning to snowball. Her appearance also seems to have coincided with the rise of the Humans First and Last (HFL) movement, which is really just a terrorist organization, if we’re being honest. Meg’s presence has been a positive influence, gradually getting the Others to work and live together with humans, and vice versa. And that newfound and fragile harmony just may be the only thing that saves humanity once the Others who live in the wild country, who really run things and make decisions, decide that humans are more trouble than they’re worth.
Meg’s personal life is beginning to snowball as well, and she starts to run up against some psychological limitations from being institutionalized her whole life. A large portion of the book is her learning to deal with them, and using what she learns to help the other cassandra sangue, who aren’t doing so well out of captivity for the first time. It only slightly pinged my radar that she hadn’t had any breakdowns previously, but I think Bishop put enough hints in that something was coming that I’ll let it slide.
Can’t wait to see what happens in the next couple of books. I have a feeling things aren’t going to end well for humanity.