Charley has a secret. And it’s a doozey. She knows what Reyes really is, how he was created – and she has no idea if this revelation means she can’t properly trust him, certainly not in protecting their daughter, Beep
It’s only made worse by the distance that seems to be growing between them.
Of course she can never focus on one thing – she has a homeless girl facing a curse, a prosecutor who doesn’t like her very much who wants her to prove a guy innocent and her supernatural exploits appear to have gone viral on the web.
I believe this book to be something of transition book. And that’s not a bad thing. In the last few books the meta of the Charley Davidson series has morphed into something incredibly huge and overwhelming. This seems ironic for me to say after several books of saying “more meta! More meta!” but the last few books we’ve had the birth of Beep and her godly future, the revelation of Charley and what she is, the revelation of Reyes and what he is, the introduction of many characters and concepts. We’ve had gods and dimensions and ALL THE THINGS. So much, so very very very much.
So having a book where the meta is largely confined to the end helps us get back to Charley and her relationships and her standard zany shenanigans to help pull back from the meta. Don’t get me wrong, I love the meta and the epic but I also really really love Charley’s silliness. I love the fun of his series. I love the humour. I love Danger and Will Robinson. I love every single conversation she has with Cookie. I love her superlative irrelevance
Yes, that’s not interspaced with reminders that she is uber powerful and even epic moments where she does things like challenge the Archange Michael to his face because she is DONE with his shit AND his boss. The combination works. It really really works and it’s fun and hilarious and awesome. I love this series, I will always pick up another book in this series with utter glee
Of course there are problems – including the habit of these books including ALL THE THINGS. So many storylines in one book! But this works more in this book because the meta has been largely pushed to the end of the book and the many storylines are more of the point. This is a shenanigans book, so bring on the shenanigan
Still, between the runaway teenager, ongoing questions about Charley’s relationship with Reyes, the continuing safety of Beep and the murder mystery that Charley’s investigating (with added investigating of the person asking her to investigate). Oh and the totally unnecessary child support plot line. And the weird storyline from Charley’s work with the peace corps (if I didn’t read my notes I’d even have forgotten this storyline!) There always seem to be just one plot point too many.
And at the end we do have a return to the meta and, I’m glad to say, a quick removal of the whole secret building that had started between Charley and Reyes because I really didn’t want to face another lot of romantic tension based on a rather dubious set of conflict. I’m glad to see all of these issues being there for a book and then being addressed by the end. Along with a whole lot of epic and setting us up for a full on embrace of the ever more powerful metaplot that is building.