“There is no comfort for me, no oil of joy in exchange for my mourning.” (Skyla Messenger, EXPEL by Addison Moore)
Indeed, this is a story of mourning. All of the main characters suffer mourning in some form throughout the book. It is very difficult to review this book without writing spoilers because the emotions and feelings generated by the story are completely wrapped around the prose.
The characters become much more complex as more information is filled in. Part of this character growth is driven by the aforementioned mourning. Part of the development is born from sheer determination of will. There is also development in learning from mistakes and hasty decisions.
The story ends in Moore’s prerequisite cliffhanger. There is also a surprising twist that creates the mourning of trust. This book is a recommended read in the continuation of the Celestra story. This book is a good read based on its own merits as well.