I’ve never been so satisfied by such a predictable story. But it’s not the WHAT it’s the HOW. When you get to the parts that you’ve been waiting for all along (which is every part), you’re surprised by the way it was executed. I thought when Lena saw her mother it would be more reunion-y. And I was happy when it wasn’t. And when I realized, very early on, that Lena was going to fall in love with Julian, I was really annoyed. But the way it was executed made me actually not mind that it happened, even though the whole time I was thinking, “Don’t do it. Alex isn’t dead. This is SO obvious.”
And when the big reveal finally happens, even though I was waiting for it from the first scene, and even though it was explained HOW it happened in the first few chapters, I was still happy with the way it was done. Especially since I thought it was going to be a really emotional, rather saccharine moment (which would make me want to gag), like some of the ones in Delirium. Instead, Alex shows up literally the moment after she’s promised her love to someone else and is totally pissed off. Which, frankly, is way better than I expected. And, of course, by doing it that way, I CAN’T WAIT to see how the next moment plays out in the next book.
Oh, and btw: TEAM ALEX!!! 😛