Full disclosure, I am writing this like two and a half months after reading it soo….
*May contain spoilers from previous books in the series.*
If I could go back to my younger self and tell her not to pick up The Others series until at least 2017 I would. I truly would. This reading one Others book a year thing is KILLING ME. I just want to binge read the whole series this waiting is pure torture! DO I REALLY HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE????????? Please Bishop take pity on us and just release it early. Or give us some novellas to tide me over! SOMETHING!
As Vision in Silver is the third book in a five book series it is mostly centred on the story building up to it arch before the next two books come in and lead us down the other side of the rollercoaster into Happily Ever After. There is a definite shift from Meg being the nucleus of the story to the ‘main character’ being the terra indigene as a whole race. In fact you probably read from Meg’s POV only about 30-40% of the time (which is way less than in the first two books).
Without giving to much away a lot of this book was focused on the headway the Humans First and Last movement was taking and how the Others were responding. This I’m pretty sure is laying the groundwork for some epic political and physical fights in the coming books. It’s so surreal to read a book and have the perspective of human beings as a species be the evil guys.
Meg and the other cassandra sangue are experiencing some new difficulties (as if they’re lives haven’t been hard enough) of information overload, where there brain will take sort of breaks from functioning normally. It takes an unfortunate strain on a lot of the girls who were freed in the previous books. However, one cassandra sangue in particular finds a very unique way of dealing with her need to cut which shines some hope for the rest of their kind. Some of the Others and Intuits are talking about making a safe village type place just for cassandra sangue on Ferryman’s Landing, which will probably go into more detail in the next books.
As per usual Bishop writing was amazing, she sucks you into this horrible and marvellous world and you just want to be a part of it. She use cryptic letter’s sporadically throughout Vision in Silver to let us have a tiny glimpse on what’s happening with the Rulers of the HFL movement back on Cel-Romano which I really enjoyed reading.
I’ve given up on holding my breath for Meg and Simon, I know it’s going to happen eventually but I’m now guessing not until like the very last page of the last book, the way these two are going.
And that is why you should not wait 2 ½ months to write a review review. I remember really liking Vision in Silver but feeling that it was probably my least favourite Other’s book so far. I can’t wait until Marked in Flesh next year, I bet it’s going to be amazing.