The battle looms ever closer, and the first shots are fired. Now, there were a few things I missed in the last section, just since there wasn’t quite as much elaboration. We’re introduced to two brothers, the worst kinds of people, even for Stephen King villains. They’re not actually allied with Frank, but they still want to help with the assault on the prison. They don’t care about Evie, they just want to take one of the inmates out who was going to testify against them in the future. Now, they’re introduced about 100 pages from the end of a 700 page book. It seems to be really late to introduce new characters. Plus, Van ends up killing them pretty soon. PLUS, if you took away the whole vendetta against Kitty, it could have just been some of Frank’s posse that got their hands on a bazooka. I just have to say, these two were just introduced in a weirdly jarring and confusing way. I allowed myself a couple days off to recover from being sick lately, and I honestly thought I had forgotten some sort of major plot point. It was just out of nowhere.
Another thing that’s just out of nowhere is…Evie can float now. Yeah. That’s there now. That’s really my biggest complaint about this book. The most interesting, powerful character in this story gets tragically little time to shine. We have this character that can talk to animals, reincarnate, levitate for some reason, and more, but she spends the vast majority of the book in a prison cell. She has all of this power, but she stays in a cell playing smartphone games and others need to protect her to…prove that men are worth saving? I don’t really understand why she does what she does. There’s mysterious, and then there’s nonsensical. It’s really a shame, because I feel like Evie’s character has a lot of potential. In fact, I think that if the book had been all about Evie and her travels, it would be a really great story. Maybe a prequil spin-off? I don’t know. She later helps Jeanne go to sleep, with the mission of preventing Elaine from destroying the tree. It works, sort of. But that’s a scene that I won’t spoil. Anyone who reads this after me deserves to have the same reaction that I did.
As the battle for the prison goes on, there is some really graphic descriptions of death and dismemberment. It’s viserally descriptive. It’s upsetting, it’s gross, but I really felt like I was there. Then again, it’s two groups of awful people fighting against eachother over Evie, who really isn’t the greatest herself. The one complaint about the description of the fight was that there’s this break in the action that happens. Mickey chastises Jerod for saying that hiding makes him feel like a pussy. Now, I’m not saying it’s wrong to point out that “pussy” is a word that doesn’t have very good connotations most of the time. It’s sometimes used to mean “weak” or “cowardly”, implicitly implying that femininity is weak or cowardly. Or it’s something to…grab nonconsentualy. But I don’t think that this was the time or the place to make that point, it just interrupted the flow of the scene. It’s a couple of paragraphs in which the action completely grinds to a halt before resuming right where it was. It just doesn’t fit.