These final three titles don't have a lot in common, so it's difficult to group them by genre or intended audience. They are, however, my personal favorites from this year's list of nominees . . . for whatever that's worth!
The other two books in this action-packed trilogy are Prodigy and Champion. Both are already released.
The final title that I'm reviewing is an unusual one, for two reasons. First, this is an illustrated novel -- not quite a graphic novel, as not every page has a picture, but the pen and ink drawings of illustrator Jim Kay add meaning and emotion to the narrative story. The second reason is that the idea for the story was inspired by another YA author, Siobhan Dowd. Dowd was dying of cancer when she conceived the idea for this story, and knew she wouldn't be able to write it. So she shared the idea with author Patrick Ness, who wrote the story in his own way, his own voice, and asked Kay to add the illustrations. There are few examples of this type of collaboration and unselfishness in literature, so this one is worth noting.
Now, on to the book review. . . .