The Finisher

The Finisher

Book - 2014
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When Quentin Herms is chased from his village into the Quag, a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and murderous Outliers, Vega uses her skills as a talented decoder to uncover dangerous secrets.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, c2014
ISBN: 9780545652209
Characteristics: 497 pages ; 22 cm


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May 25, 2019

The world in this book confused me; I feel that the world-building could have been better. Asides from that, it was tedious and I found myself disinterested.

Mar 07, 2019

This book is everything BUT boring!! I read this book in one week and couldn't get enough of it!! Highly recommend it!! All teens will love it!

Jan 23, 2017

This book has about 80 percent common elements to Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games". For me this led to a persistent nagging misdirection when reading the book which made it somewhat confusing until I understood about halfway through that the underlying premise is a magic world and not science fiction. I found the start to the book a bit slow and the passages involving magic a bit too mystical for my taste. Still, I found the read engaging even if there was a constant feeling of déjà-vu.

Jul 03, 2016

David Baldacci did an amazing job in the creation of this book! It kept my interest throughout the entire novel!

May 23, 2016

this book is awesome this book is extraordinary book and i just love it but it think wugs should have tails

Jun 05, 2015

David Baldacci is very good at mature, violent crime novels. Not children's fantasy books. It was well written and good. I can see why a lot of people love this. But this is not the Baldacci I know and love.

Mar 24, 2015

I love this book so much it is amazing

Dec 12, 2014

A fantasy for younger readers.

Jul 09, 2014

This is a really good book if you are looking for a fantasy

JCLChrisK Jul 03, 2014

My feelings about this book are a bit conflicted. On the one hand, it was engaging, exciting, and compelling. Vega is an unusual and strong protagonist that I couldn't help but care about and root for. Wormwood is a mysterious setting and I couldn't help but want to know the answers to its mysteries. There is good action and suspense, along with a sense of wonder and discovery. And it's stuck with me even as I've moved on to other books.

On the other hand, I was bothered from the start by a vague inability to fully suspend my disbelief, and the feeling only grew the further I read.* I wanted to question the very foundations of the character and her world as false, and the main thing that kept me reading was curiosity to see if the revelation of answers about Wormwood's mysteries would make it all fit into place. Unfortunately, the book ends without those answers, so I'm left with the feeling as part of my assessment.

So, in the end, there are many things about this book that make me want to recommend it mingled with a big reservation that was never addressed. I'm sure this is the start of a series, so I'll have to see when the time comes if my desire for answers is stronger than my frustration with not having them.


*At the start, I had trouble buying that the extent of Vega's world was Wormwood and the Quag, because her worldview seemed to encompass so much more. She had concepts, perspectives, and attitudes that were simply out of place and made no sense if Wormwood was all she knew. As the story progressed, magical things started happening; inexplicable, out-of-the-blue things like her seemingly hallucinatory adventures at Stacks and the nearly unlimited magic that she and Morrigone develop, or the way people seem to just evaporate when they have their "Events." I didn't really buy this as a logically developed system of "magic," but could see the whole thing as some fully immersive virtual-reality existence along the lines of The Matrix--it could explain everything (Vega's climactic bout with Ladon-Tosh even resembles a fight between Neo and Agent Smith) and I decided about halfway through it was the explanation I was going with. But if it's not that, I need some other equally plausible explanation to make everything fall into place and make sense in my mind. Otherwise, Baldacci's world will crumble apart from my doubts.

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