In the aftermath of a brutal tragedy, Jason and Passion are on the run. Marcus is lost beyond reach, and The Hold is in shambles. If that weren’t enough, Olivia Black has been taken by the CAMFers to be used as Dr. Fineman’s personal lab rat in his merciless quest to uncover the mysteries of Psyche Sans Soma once and for all. But only if he can break her.
They are scattered.
They are devastated.
They are ruined.
Their only hope is Olivia’s stubborn determination to thwart her captors and unlock the secrets of her ghost hand before Dr. Fineman can. Will she finally find the strength within herself to embrace the full power of her PSS?
And will it even matter if Marcus has already betrayed her?
Ghost Heart is the third book the in the PSS Chronicles and not – as I expected – the last, but only the next instalment in the series. In fact it is not an ending at all. Rather it is very much a beginning, of the next phase in the battle against the CAMFers and the Hold and of a new life for our protagonists. Discussing a third book in any series without giving spoilers is hard, but in the case of Ghost Heart it is almost impossible, so out of necessity, this review will contain minor spoilers and will be less extensive than usual.
The beginning of the book is very much focused on the fall-out of Ghost Hold’s climactic scenes. The story opens into a scary and chaotic mess of a situation and the narrative reflects the characters’ confusion. There are many short segments from different perspectives, which in itself is a departure from the previous books. While Marcus appeared to be dead at the end of the previous book, thankfully he is saved. Unfortunately, he’s a different person and doesn’t remember the last eight months, including his sister’s death, his feelings for Olivia and going up against the CAMFers. Because the group is split up and to compensate for Marcus’ not remembering what is going on, the narration of the story has been split into three from Olivia’s exclusive first person narration in the prior books. We get points of views from Marcus, Passion, and Olivia. It’s an interesting development, moving away from Olivia’s singular viewpoint into a broader view of the characters, as it allows us a more balanced view of the story and let’s us see what the others think of Olivia.
If Marcus’ point of view is the outsider one, as he’s trying to figure out how he fits into this group of people and what has happened in the past eight months, Passion’s is the insider one. Passion is perfectly positioned to get the larger view of the situation and to keep tabs on everyone. Especially with Olivia held in close confinement by Fineman and thus unable to know what is happening beyond the four walls of her cell. The little information she is given by Fineman and his goons is suspect and for Olivia the motto of the book is “Trust No One”. Patton creates a creeping sense of doubt whether facts previously presented as true are indeed truth by making it unclear whether events happened as we were told they did or whether they even happened at all. She accomplishes this not only by having her characters discover more information, she also allows the reader to discover the same information from several angles.
Due to this increased information flow and because the narrative advances we also get a clearer idea of what is happening on a larger stage and about the history of the Hold and the CAMFers. Because it turns out that the Hold and CAMF are far older than we’d been led to believe and that there is history there we couldn’t have suspected. We also learn more about the nature of PSS and its possibilities. It is certainly not a birth defect as previously presumed, it is a genetic mutation, one might even say the next stage in human evolution. We learn more about what Olivia in particular can – and more importantly can’t – do with her PSS, about the energy transference PSS enables between its carriers, and more.
Ghost Heart is an excellent continuation of the PSS Chronicles, with a great ending and set up for the next book. If Ghost Hold’s ending left me gasping for the next book, Ghost Heart was even worse. The PSS Chronicles make for addictive reading and I can’t wait to return to Patton’s universe to discover what is next for Olivia, Marcus, Passion and the rest of the group. The PSS Chronicles are a fabulous paranormal YA series, but I do recommend starting at the beginning with Ghost Hand to get the most out of the series.
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