More of the same. Great series overall. (3 stars)
I was very impressed how the first Borribles book brought a thrilling young adult story, as it presented these immortal “children” who love freedom above all. The second title, Go For Broke, impressed me even further with it’s very intriguing characters. So I had high expectations for The Borribles: Across the Dark Metropolis.
Now the Borribles face a new threat: dwarves trained by the police to infiltrate the little ones’ society. This brings some welcome tension as you know the informants are setting the Borribles up. But I felt the formula got a bit tiring on this third book. The Borribles are time after time locked away in a manner that all seems lost, and after the forth of fifth miraculous escape e began counting the pages to the end.
The characters were not very well constructed here. The Borribles didn’t seem to me to have their own personality, but were more like sources of dialog to move the story along. Some characters of the London underworld are introduced, but without real dimensions. Even the death of a main character from the series seemed rushed.
The Deus ex Machina may be simple, but it does give you a chance to look back on the whole series and see how the Borribles changed. From children seeking adventure to veterans with a darker understanding of the atrocities that could happen to them. They felt like they aged on the inside. For me Across the Dark Metropolis was worth the read as the weaker book in great series.