Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Series: The Wolves of Mercy Falls

Published: April 29 2014

Source: Amazon

“then.

When Sam met Grace, he was a wolf and she was a girl. Eventually he found a way to become a boy, and their love transformed from curious distance to the intense closeness of shared lives.

now.

That should have been the end of their story. But Grace was not meant to stay human. Now she is the wolf. And the wolves of Mercy Falls are about to be hunted in one final, spectacular kill.

forever.

Sam would do anything for Grace. But can one boy and one love really change a hostile, predatory world? The past, the present, and the future will all collide in one pure moment – a moment of death or life, farewell or forever.”

It’s no surprise Forever aims to take the series out with the biggest bang yet. Despite the description, there actually is more at stake than star-crossed Sam and Grace, and their future together.  The final piece of the trilogy draws in more characters, connections and danger as Mercy Falls prepares its final solution to the mysterious and dangerous wolves haunting it.

               After taking a step back and comparing, we can see a little bit of repetition between the general Linger and Forever plots, the difference being in the magnitude of the situation. Our unsuspecting and unprepared young heroes Spend the early chapters clinging to romantic connection and personal struggle as a much larger shadow looms closer and closer from the horizon. As per usual, Sam and Grace continue driving us crazy as little to nothing seems to grab their attention away from each other. Lucky for them they’ve made some valuable friends.

               The character-driven nature of the series has focused on the journeys together and alone, through loss and gain. Stiefvater’s writing can pull plenty of suspense from two characters talking, not needing explosions and chases to keep us engaged. Despite that, Forever has a fair bit more actually going on in the plot than Shiver and Linger, attempting to tie off the many strings left dangling.

               One thing that needs to be mentioned is character development. The events of the series and their effects on the characters feel real, as the consequences build our characters up or tear them down. There’s a lot of nostalgia and “taking it back to the beginning” as we come back to familiar faces and places that define the plot of Forever.

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