Review: Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3) by Devon Monk

December 18, 2015 Review 0

Review: Crucible Zero (House Immortal #3) by Devon MonkCrucible Zero by Devon Monk
Series: House Immortal #3
Published by Roc on September 1, 2015
Genres: Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Romantic, Science Fiction
Format: Paperback
Pages: 356
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

The national bestselling author of Infinity Bell returns to her “fresh and unique”* world where the truce between the ruling Houses has shattered and chaos now reigns. Only one woman has the power to save the world—but she could also destroy it...

Matilda Case never thought of herself as a hero. But because she is galvanized—and nearly immortal in her stitched, endlessly healing body—she doesn’t have much of a choice. Even if she doesn’t want to save the world, she’s the only one capable of traveling in time to do so.

But her rescue attempt hasn’t gone as planned. She’s stuck in an alternate universe, and her world is in danger of disappearing. Worst of all, an unfathomably powerful man who can also travel through history doesn’t want her to put things to rights. He’s willing to wage bloody war to stop Matilda, unless she surrenders control of time to him.

Now, with the minutes ticking, Matilda must make impossible decisions, knowing that one wrong choice will destroy her—and any chance of saving everything she loves...

*A Book Obsession

Warning: Spoilers for the first two books!

Full of action and drama, CRUCIBLE ZERO is a satisfying conclusion to the House Immortal. However, if you have not read the first two books in the series, I would not recommend CRUCIBLE ZERO as one to just pick up.

CRUCIBLE ZERO follows in the footsteps of the first two House Immortal books, starring Matilda Case, with the same crew of characters, but since her return from going back in time, everything is flipped on its head. The world and characters we thought we knew have completely changed. Despite this new landscape, the previous "time stream" was referenced enough, along with the events that led to the creation of the world Matilda found herself in, that I was mighty confused at the beginning of the book. There was just a lot going on - and with a new world to learn, and most characters completely changed it was at times, a frustrating experience.

But once I got into the flow of things, I was really invested. I got to feel the new fluttery feelings with Matilda when she interacted with Abraham, and the surprise when the people who were previously familiar to her were different than she knew. It was an interesting experience, something I'm not sure I've ever had happen in a book or series of books.

I would recommend the House Immortal series to anyone who is a fan of post-apocalyptic, science fiction or time travel stories. There's a lot to like in this trilogy, and the ending is definitely worth it.

Series Titles:
  1. House Immortal - 4/5
  2. Infinity Bell - 4/5
  3. Crucible Zero
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  • For another series by this author, try the Allie Beckstrom series by Devon Monk.
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