Wow. Just wow.
I thought the ending for Mind Games
was unexpected. But clearly Carolyn Crane was just giving me a sneak preview of how blown away I would be by the end of Double Cross
. Did I just say blown away? How about shocked? Flabbergasted? Amazed? All of the above!!
As this installment begins, Justine is with Otto, but their relationship is still on tender ground. She is working with Packard and her fellow disillusionists to reform all the people Otto has locked up with his force fields. One of the marks is Ez, a woman with the power over dreams... a woman who worms her way into Justine's mind while Justine does the same to her. But I'll come back to that in a minute.
As the disillusionists attend to their duties, there is a new threat to the city. A group of people are killing off highcaps. The killers not only have the ability to identify their targets, but they are also immune to their powers. Packard and Otto both fear the threat, and Justine finds herself working to identify the killers as well.
Amidst all of this, Justine continues to struggle with her conflicting feelings. She is torn about the morality involved with disillisioning. And even though she loves Otto, she is still drawn to Packard. Those feelings are intensified when Ez starts pulling Justine and Packard into each other's dreams.
There is so much going on, and much like Justine, I found my affections bouncing back and forth between Packard and Otto. Until the end. The Omigod I can't believe that just happened
end. The end that I will not spoil for you. But I will tell you that it turns everything on its ear.
While Mind Games
was good, this book truly bumped the series up a notch. Justine is growing so much. She has a moral center that so many people around her lack. I found myself loving Shelby, growing more interested in Simon --and sinking deep into the backstory between Packard and Otto. It was just fantastic. But don't read it without having Head Rush
standing by. Otherwise, you might just pull your hair out. Almost 5 stars.