Rating: 5/5 stars.
In 23 days I’ll be 18. That’s part of the reason why I’m giving Clockwork Princess five stars, even if it may not deserve all of them.
There were definite imperfections within the finale of the Infernal Devices trilogy. Some of the plot twists could have been easily predicted ahead of time. The characters leaped out of their personalities for the sake of the plot, and there was a repetitiveness to the story structure I found irksome (how many times can you end a chapter with someone screaming?) Also, that epilogue was pure fan service – I almost found it insulting that Cassandra Clare chose to include it.
But, through pathos, the book hit all the right points. For the most part the characters stayed true to themselves and grew stronger throughout the book; there were exactly two scenes in which I cried, and those of you who know my favorite character can probably discern which ones. Clare included her characters’ trademark humor and a multitude of literary references that I loved, especially the Jane Eyre ones. Her writing did not blow me away though it did flow well in terms of plot progression.
As I get older, I’m starting to see more of the “weaknesses” in the books I’ve come to know and love – and I’m not referring to any specific genre here. Maybe when I was 14 I wouldn’t have noticed how Clare repeated quite a few phrases in Clockwork Princess or how Will blatantly broke character a couple of times. But, deep down, this entire trilogy and its characters resonated with me emotionally. It made me empathize with the injustices suffered by the characters, the relationships that were cut away and kindled, and the new abilities attained by each protagonist. Not my favorite series, but one I would highly recommend regardless.
What did you guys think of Clockwork Princess? If you haven’t tried out the series yet I would recommend it. Also, I posted a mini-review (more like, a status update) about my completion of The Aeneid on Goodreads. My AP Latin exam is a week, and I face many others in the upcoming two weeks too – wish me luck! Hope you’re all doing well.