Release Date: September 16, 2018
Heathens was the much-anticipated conclusion to this particular chapter of the series.
Bringing forth some much-needed closure to this current generation of savages: but leaving the stage fully prepared for the next offerings of degenerates: this current casts fledgeling feral offspring.
I am so entirely grateful that this is not my final foray into the dark decadent depths of the badlands.
And I am very much looking forward to continuing on with this new set of individuals next year.
That teaser at the end of “Heathens” looked so bloody delicious: I for one will definitely be on board for the upcoming journey.
So here we get to catch back up with the gang after the events in the previous instalment.
This time around we are focusing our attention on Cobra and Blue and for me as much as I did enjoy this there was something slightly missing; not enough of a something to stop my overall enjoyment here that was a given: I mean we are back in the bloody badlands duh!!!
But “Heathens” for me, when held up against its predecessors was like the little brother of the bunch and didn’t pack the full punch that the rest of the family themselves actually delivered.
There were a few things here that bothered me: For one the Katya thing really bugged me.
I would have prefered that Cobra had stayed away from her like completely.
I felt like Blue got a bit of a raw deal and was almost shoved aside originally for Katya: Not cool a-tall Cobra.
“Heathens” did some backpedalling fully explaining the actions behind Cobras faulty reasonings: for me, these excuses didn’t really wash and I felt he got off extremely lightly.
I also couldn’t quite work out the deal with Katya because of discrepancies in her behaviour was she loyal to Blue or not.
I mean at the end of book three she went postal when Blue was taken but later shes pretty much MEH about the whole thing: this did confuse me slightly.
I also felt that Blue was much too forgiving and Cobra to loyal to his brothers over all else.
I couldn’t see Grim or Romero sitting on their arses instead of being pro-active: Blue was literally handed back on a platter to Cobra no major effort on his part which sucked hairy balls.
Blue herself was also too nice a character for the Badlands: I would have liked her to make Cobra do some major sucking up and grovelling.
I also wasn’t happy with how the baby storyline played out.
And finally, the ending for me also seemed slightly rushed and was a bit anti-climatic in nature.
Look this was a mixed bag: but was still a solid four Star read and one that despite my moanings I still did enjoy very much.
I know it may look overwise considering my above peeves but this is still a fantastic imaginative read. Natalie Bennett for me is an auto-buy and a four-star read out of her depraved mind is still a solid offering that I am ever so happy to recommend.
So It just wasn’t a complete full sweep: which is the norm for me here with this series.
But No mind: It was, as usual, a decadent, depraved romp through a brutal badlands whereas its everything wrong that makes this just so fantastically right.
Expect all the usual visual delights that you’ve come to expect from a Natalie Bennett novel: this instalment certainly delivers on them in spades.
Thank You to the Author for providing me with an ARC of “Heathens” (Badlands #4) of which I have reviewed voluntary.
All opinions expressed are entirely my own.