Series: Forget Tomorrow #3
Also in this series: Forget Tomorrow
on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Source: Blog Tour
My content rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence)
The third book in the New York Times bestselling and RITA®-award-winning Forget Tomorrow series is a thrilling conclusion to an epic trilogy.
Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people's futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn't have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.
But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder's help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world.
***NOTE: Seize Today is the third book in the Forget Tomorrow Trilogy (the first book was a NYT Bestselling and RITA™ Award-winning book). This book doesn’t really contain anything but minor spoilers for the first two books in the series. Click to read my reviews of Forget Tomorrow and Remember Yesterday.***
The books in this trilogy just got progressively better and better! I really enjoyed the first book, but I had some qualms that held me back from loving it. Then the second book came along, and I couldn’t think of much to say in the negatives section of my review. I’m fairly certain that this book was my favorite of the three (maybe it’s just because it’s fresher than book 2, though?) I loved it, and Dunn even managed to get me to ignore a trope that typically bugs the heck out of me…
What Fed My Addiction:
- Possible futures. Olivia can’t really see the future, but she can see all of the different paths that the future might take. I found this endlessly interesting because she’s constantly playing a numbers game—what has the best odds of working in any given situation? What is so-and-so most likely to do? But no matter what, she can always be wrong. Even if there’s only a 1% chance of something happening, it can still happen. Then, there are a few instances of things where Olivia can only see one outcome—things she’s sure of. But even those things have possibilities that she may be blinded to. I basically just loved this concept and continued to love it throughout the book. (Plus, if you mention the idea of parallel universes to me in a book—I’m all in!)
- Shades of gray. If you read my reviews regularly, you know I love it when the villains come with a hefty amount of gray area. At first glance, the villain in these books is pure evil, but we do get to see how she ended up being the person she is, and we actually end up feeling sorry for her. A little. But not enough to make up for who she becomes.
- Longing for family. Both Olivia and Ryder struggle with loss and abandonment when it comes to their families. Olivia is desperate for love because she’s never experienced it. Ryder has love in his life but he has trouble trusting it because he’s been hurt so many times in the past. I loved the theme of family being the people you choose and not always your flesh and blood.
What Left Me Hungry for More:
- A bit of instalove? So, here’s the thing: in my head, I was telling myself that this was pretty much instalove, but honestly, somehow Dunn managed to make me completely invested in the romance anyway. I occasionally thought about the fact that Olivia and Ryder had just met, but the relationship itself took enough time to develop (as far as the length of the book went) that I was mostly okay with it. Maybe even completely fine?
- Guessed (part of) the ending. I figured out really early on what was going to happen in one of the major climactic scenes at the end, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it!
Pintip Dunn has blown me away with this trilogy, and I’m really sad it’s over! (Though, I feel like she left some possible doors open for a companion?). If you’re a fan of uniquely twisty time travel stories, you don’t want to miss out on these.
***Disclosure: I received this book from the publisher via Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***
About the Author
Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of YA fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. Pintip’s debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, won the RWA RITA® for Best First Book. In addition, it is a finalist for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the Japanese Sakura Medal, and the MASL Truman Award. THE DARKEST LIE was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other books include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, the novella BEFORE TOMORROW, and GIRL ON THE VERGE. She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.
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