The Reckoning Review

The Reckoning Review | Marisa Noelle

Having enjoyed the first two books, I was looking forward to the adventure continuing for Silver and friends. When given the chance to be part of the blog tour, it was my guarantee of reading the book before forgetting the previous events. Today, I’m sharing my review on The Reckoning.

Publisher: Question Mark Press | Date: 2021 | Genre: Science Fiction

Plot: Sinister visions of an evil entity with looming yellow eyes haunt Silver’s dreams, threatening to destroy the new world she and her friends have created. The terrifying omens push Silver to experiment with her abilities, but awaken a burgeoning thirst for more power.

As Silver walks a fine line between good and evil, her friends become wary of her intimidating abilities. She finds understanding in a sympathetic newcomer, but their deepening friendship drives an even deeper wedge between Silver and her suspicious friends.

Tragedy strikes during preparations for the final stand, bringing a terrible choice. Grief drives Silver toward reckless actions that may doom the final battle. Can she repair the relationships with her friends and control her powers before her vision becomes reality?

I received The Reckoning as part of a Blog Tour in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Reckoning Review

The Reckoning Review

I’ve enjoyed the adventures and the powers depicted in the first two books. I had issues with Silver’s character in book two, but she redeemed herself and I was intrigued about where the new threat was going to take things. I was looking forward to The Reckoning.


It’s an interesting choice when an author deliberately sends her main character on a negative development arc. Silver spends the first half of the book arrogant, selfish and so self-absorbed that I wanted someone (preferably a bulk) to shake some sense into her. I really went off her.

As the story and Silver’s development progresses, she comes full circle and you root for her again. I wish we could’ve seen more of the other characters and their abilities, rather than the narration fixating on Silver and Eli – especially as it’s impossible to connect to the latter because you know not to trust him.

I don’t cry. I don’t despair. I’m more accepting than I thought I’d be.

But I won’t give up either. I won’t. I can’t. It’s not who I am.

The Reckoning by Marisa Noelle


In true Noelle form, however, it comes together seamlessly.

Silver comes back to herself, the threat manifests, and our band of survivors have to come together to face impossible odds (again). The pacing takes a long time to build, with a large portion of the book being character-focused. Once events gain momentum, you don’t have time to figure out what’s going on: the danger is here and it’s real. It made the character development more pronounced, although the tension may have benefitted from longer to build.

The enemy was unclear. It wasn’t a person or a known threat. Formless and menacing, it’s hard to identify exactly what it was, which undermined it for me: a deranged, power-hungry maniac had more impact than something illusive.


The book was a lot of fun. As a young adult science-fiction novel, it touches on a lot of important themes, not least that no one is incorruptible and that relationships are complicated. There were times I identified with the messages, and times I sensed it was aimed at a younger audience. It was a good balance between the fate of the world, and personal problems.

Given the current climate, it’s easy to identify with the despair and helplessness of humanity trying to survive when the world turns against you. An invisible, deadly threat is something we can all relate to.

I enjoyed this book, and liked watching everything come together. Very mixed feelings on the ending (no spoilers) but it does make me intrigued where this will go next.

Final Thoughts

If you’re enjoying the series, or looking for a new YA science-fiction to binge, then The Unadjusteds books are entertaining reads. The Reckoning works for a late-teen audience reaching the point in their lives where they want to establish who they are. If that’s your thing, then a definite recommendation

Have you been reading The Unadjusteds series? Does this sound like your kind of book?

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44 thoughts on “The Reckoning Review | Marisa Noelle

  1. So I don’t usually read science fiction but I have been trying to branch out more to different genres. I’m so glad you said this one is very binge-able! I will check it out even more on Goodreads 🙂


  2. I love your reviews. They are always so detailed, interesting and fun to read. I haven’t read this and I don’t really read Sci-fi but I’m willing to give it a try. Fab review.


  3. I really like the sound of the negative main character story arc. I feel like I’d really get into it and back them even tho it’s not the sterotypical way of reading for me



  4. A negative development arc sounds right up my alley. I think it’s really interesting and something different. I’m going to check this out.


  5. This looks like a great series for the target audience you’ve identified. I love that it includes important themes. Thanks for sharing.


  6. I can definitely understand why you’d want to shake the character (or have a bulk shake her haha) when she’s being so obstinate and unlikeable. It’s frustrating when the MC is like that. Negative character arcs can be a pain – but it’s awesome that she turned a corner and you found yourself liking and enjoying her and the plot again. Great review!


    • I think I might have even DNF if she hadn’t turned around because it was so frustrating, but then to have her realise definitely changed things! Thank you!


  7. I haven’t heard of this one before. But I’m always in the mood for YA fantasy (and sometimes sci-fi) in the winter months, so I’ll keep this on my list! Great review!


  8. I never read The Unajusteds but it sounds like a series I need to add to my TBR! I haven’t read a YA science fiction in ages, so it comes at the right time! I love books that have great character arcs, but i guess that it can rush a bit the story x


  9. Great review! I agree, it’s a very interesting – and risky – choice to have a negative arc for a main character, and I’ve seen it so rarely. It sounds like this book has handled it really well though. Glad you enjoyed it!


  10. “Given the current climate, it’s easy to identify with the despair and helplessness of humanity trying to survive when the world turns against you. An invisible, deadly threat is something we can all relate to.” That paragraph, right there, is why I would want to pick up this book and the two that came before it. Fab review, Lindsey, this trilogy sounds exactly the sort of thing I could get lost in! x


    • There’s certainly some familiar themes in it that felt more poignant than the author perhaps intended for sure. It’s a fun read, even if the main character can get a bit annoying at times.


  11. Amazing and detailed review! I am not much of a sci fi fan but my best friend is so I am forwarding this post over to her immediately !


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