I received a copy of Ruthless, part 8 of Debt Collector, in exchange for my review.
Having successfully saved his mother from debt collection, Lirium is now dedicated to the cause, and to finding out exactly what it is that is going on, and who is transferring out children. Though he’s not doing it alone, Elena is determined to help and has skills that Lirium finds invaluable to do so. Though dangerous, the pair are determined and set out to find the information they need to start an official investigation.
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It feels like a lot happened in Ruthless, but at the same time it felt shorter than the other parts of Debt Collector which seems a bit strange come to think of it. As Lirium’s story is drawing to a close, it is clear that things are gearing up and are becoming more desperate for the characters.
This has come hand in hand with Lirium’s determination to do the right thing, and he’s shown that he will prove he’ll go to just about any lengths to achieve it. I like this morally ambiguous characterisation, I think it works for Lirium in general, and I think it makes the characters more accessible in general.
Elena got a lot more page time in Ruthless too, there was information revealed about her in Promise that came in useful again here and started off the two of them working together as a team, and working together well from what I could figure. Elena isn’t a weak female character by any stretch of the imagination, and she is particularly clever as well which adds another layer to her.
Lirium and Elena (or maybe I should say Joe and Elena) seem to like each other as well. After everything that’s happened to Lirium it is kind of cute to read about him blushing because a girl said something nice, and on top of that Elena seems to be reacting to him as well. I think they’re good for each other!
There was also the issue of human experimentation brought up in Ruthless, with Lirium’s mother volunteering. I think this was well done, especially when it came down to deciding whose choice it is, particularly when the involuntary transfer of life is a big deal in the story. Though part of me is worried about it because of the fates of some of the other characters, I feel it could go either way.
Ruthless counts towards Winter COYER.