Book Review – Morpheus Road: The Black by D.J. MacHale

Title:  The Black

Author: D.J. MacHale

Format: Paperback

Written: 2011

Published: 2012

The Black by D.J. MacHale is the second in a series.  You can go back and read my review of the first book called The Light.  It was a good book and I will start off by saying that this book will have spoilers for The Light so you are warned!

Entering into The Black I knew that this was in some ways a retelling of the first book only from the perspective of Cooper.  As D.J. MacHale says in his foreword he always wanted to explore the reasons why the dead when communicating with the living were always cryptic rather than spelling out clear messages.  He said it was a fact that always bothered him despite how good of a plot device it was, such that he himself used it.  In the end D.J. did a wonderful job.  He gave an interesting sight to the afterlife and why and how things happened as they did.  There were a lot of little surprising twists as you learn what was and wasn’t done by Cooper and what sort of help he got along with why he did the things he did.

Over all I liked the book but it was a bit lengthy and got a bit boring as I mostly knew the outcome of the end of the book despite not knowing the whys.  Additionally it was a bit tiresome reading over scenes I had already read only from a new perspective.   The book was also a very large info dump, it explained a lot of thing and helped it all make sense but it was still tedious at times.  In a way I would say that The Black is your classic second book of a series, where it is a lot of connecting information and set up with a lot less action not that D.J skimped on it as there were several fight and action sequences.

In the end, I think I would have this book a three out of five pages.  It was good but hard to get through at times and is an important read if you want to read the last book in the series which I plan to do when it becomes available in the library because I am curious how things will end and the overall story plot is still quite good even if the second book is a little more difficult to get through.

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