Title: Residuum (The Long Game Book 3)
Author: Dominic Dulley
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (Quercus Books)
Published: February 18th 2021
Firstly, I’d like to give a huge thank you to Ella from Jo Fletcher Books for my copy of this amazing close to the trilogy, and for Shattermoon and Morhelion, too (though I have thanked you at least 2x already haha).
I honestly don’t know how to fully express my thoughts on Residuum without spoiling the first two books; so I will express them in a way that tells you enough, and yet not too much.
Although it’s been two years since the release of the second book, Morhelion, I returned to the story will ease, and fell back in love with the characters and world as if I’d never left. I can’t pick a favourite character out of the three mains and their adopted companion, because I love them equally as much for different reasons – but I know I still hate Cordelia with a passion We do meet a few new characters throughout the book, though I didn’t really feel attached to any of them.
There were some elements throughout, that either didn’t make sense and pulled me out of the story at times, or new science/space jargon that I didn’t quite understand and weren’t really explained to the reader much. It also felt like the plot jumped around a bit a and at times I couldn’t tell whether certain parts I was reading was in the present – as it were – or set a few hours or day(s) before the next (hopefully that makes sense). Additionally, the introduction of the planet-eating plague (this is in the blurb, so isn’t a spoiler) came later than I expected it to, and it felt like there wasn’t much of a build up as though it was an idea added to the storyline to add extra excitement Despite this, however, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and found it relatively fast-paced, filled with tension, action and excitement which kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next and my heart racing a lot of the time – though I did skip the occasional intense violence and gore scene if it made me feel too nauseated. I found the main plotline of Orry’s trying to prove her innocence after news footage shows her murdering a scientist she saved months earlier and destroying his research institute (this is also in the blurb, and not a spoiler), a greatly exciting aspect which kept me turning the novel’s pages to find out what would happen.
If you’ve also read this, what were your own thoughts? Leave them (no spoilers please) down in the comments below or DM me on Instagram. Please keep the comments polite, any rude or offensive ones will be removed.
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