I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
Forgive me. This book has fucked my mind so thoroughly, this review may not be as cohesive as mine usually are. What will you find in this book? Impassioned speeches? Check. Sexy poses? Check. Mindfuckery? Check. Plot twists I didn't see coming and that had my head spinning? Check. Megatron coming back from the dead - again? Check. (It's not a spoiler; he's on the cover.)
Prowl's plans come together in the black room, a place that sounds creepy and is, in fact, creepier than it sounds. Trust me. Wheeljack found out the hard way.
Poor Wheeljack! When he gets there, he finds out exactly what Prowl's been up to, and who his allies are - amongst them, the assassin, Arcee. It's been a big question worrying away at me - what happens when Bee figures out what Prowl is up to? Well, it's not good. It is, in fact, far worse than I expected, and it leaves Bee feeling guilty. Prowl is... not Prowl, you see. He's exactly like Prowl, but under Bombshell's control. And right before Megatron further's his own plans by using Prowl, subsuming his identity and consciousness to become the final part of Devastator, Prowl asks Bee 'how could you have not seen it wasn't me?'
Ouch. That's gotta hurt, and I hope that comes into play later; I want to see them confront each other about this.
Also, here's where emotional-rollar-coaster comes into play. How do you not get frustrated and upset in a 'I want to scream' way when Prowl seems to betray them? How do you stay mad when you find out what really happens? And how do I feel now? Sad, I guess. Sad, there's an aftertaste of betrayal lingering on my tongue, and angry and turned on and confused. Because part of me thinks Prowl could have taken control given what happens at the end, and part of me thinks not. Overall, though? Mostly sad for everyone in this volume.
Also, Starscream does something evil at the end. God, he's such a dick. Such a sexy, sexy dick. (Yes, I know how that sounds, and I don't care.) Also, I felt so bad for him when everyone abandoned him. Then he turned out to be a dick, and exiled, like, everyone from Iacon. See? Dick.