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Review:water_lily43175 says:
I really feel for Gabe here. I mean, these visions are clearly freaking him out, and it's obviously not the kind of thing he can talk to about easily to someone - not helped by the fact that Gabe doesn't really talk to anyone about anything in the first place. Added to that, the other three all have their own issues to worry about ... this is one of those times when maybe being a loner isn't such a good thing! Bless him. The whole thing with his dad is intriguing too.

So, part of me likes Annie. Especially when she's interacting with Tobias, or Cal, or generally anyone who isn't Tanith, because she seems to become a bit immature with Tanith - mind, given their history, it's not a surprise that she's a bit insecure around her. Though there's still a part of me that's not so keen on her. But Nat? Love her. 100%. She's the BOMB.

Author's Response: Gabe has certainly made life difficult for himself. For someone who, for various reasons (it's shocking, looking back, how atrocious my pacing of the reveal of Gabe's Inner Workings has been!), has become focused on being self-reliant, his current situation is just backfiring horribly, because he needs help. In many ways that's why he's gone to Tanith - she, of all people, isn't going to push emotionally, like Cal might have done, without being as potentially cold as Tobias could have been (in his "this-is-so-fascinating-I-forget-there-are-people" kind of way). Her hugs are present, but implied rather than forced upon someone so standoffish, because they're BOTH pretty standoffish.

True, Annie's territorial hackles get up when Tanith's around... which isn't especially unreasonable, but it doesn't bring out her good side. It doesn't get explored as much as it might, but I think Annie is aware on some level that Tanith only needs the slightest poke to become unreasonable, which makes Tanith the bad guy and strengthens Annie's position. Giving Tanith enough rope to hang herself with, essentially. It's not a conscious manipulation on Annie's part, and she'd be horrified with herself if she realised she was doing it, but when the rival for her boyfriend's affection is her oldest friend it's understandable she'd be a bit insecure and irrational.

And yes, in rereads I do forget how awesome Nat is. I did explicitly go "this is a character - and, consequently, a relationship - who does not fall into self-indulgent angst traps". I almost feel I'm lampshade hanging myself with her around...!


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