The Finisher (Vega Jane #1) by David Baldacci (review)

April 23, 2015 All Reviews, Fantasy, YA 0 ★★★½

The Finisher (Vega Jane #1) by David Baldacci (review)The Finisher (Vega Jane #1) by David Baldacci
Published by Scholastic Inc. on March 4th 2014
Number of Pages: 497
Genres: Adventure, Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Gift
Format: ARC
Purchase: At Amazon

Vega Jane has never left the village of Wormwood. But this isn't unusual -- nobody has ever left the village of Wormwood. At least not until Quentin Herms vanishes into the unknown.

Vega knows Quentin didn't just leave -- he was chased. And he's left behind a very dangerous trail of clues that only she can decode.

The Quag is a dark forest filled with terrifying beasts and bloodthirsty Outliers. But just as deadly are the threats that exist within the walls of Wormwood. It is a place built on lies, where influential people are willing to kill to keep their secrets. Vega is determined to uncover the truth -- but the closer she gets, the more she risks her life.

This book was given to me by a friend. It was an ARC, so some things may have changed in the final version.


There are a lot of terms to get used to in this book. Things like ‘sessions’ instead of ‘years’, ‘light’ instead of ‘day’, ‘sliver’ instead of  ‘minutes’. Once you figure out what they all mean, it’s easy to translate them in your head without thinking about it.

Females seem to be looked down on by the males, when male characters talk to or about them, instead of using their name, a lot of time they tack “female” on the end. There were also a huge amount of plot lines, with very few clues about how they will be resolved. It’s the first book in the series, so I’m expecting some of these to appear in the next book. But usually there’s some kind of resolution to at least one or two things in a first book. This one doesn’t seem to have tied anything up, or answered any of the questions it gives us. We’re left with lots more questions at the end of the book.

There are also a lot of creatures in the book. Some very scary sounding, like the thing with 500 eyes. It made me want the book to be illustrated so I could get a better idea of what some of these things looked like. Harry Two was adorable, and I liked that Vega was able to have him as a friend.

I didn’t care for Morrigone at all, but I’m sure a lot of my dislike was because the story is told from Vega Jane’s point of view. And she didn’t like Morrigone. But there were also a few things that Morrigone did that just made me want to smack her.

For as many things that bugged me about the book, there are just as many that I really enjoyed. I’ll be looking to get the 2nd in the series once it’s out at the end of the year. If you like fantasy with lots of plot twists, and threads in it, you should try this book.


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