The beginning of the novel, like the first novel in the series starts out in a world where we see everything the main character has ever experiences and continues on to their college life. Then something drastic occurs, which turns the whole miserable story into a charming one, in my opinion.
I admire A.M. Hargrove for her creativity and gumption to have something in a novel that is a pressing topic, which most would like to get rid of but don't want to talk about. If that made sense. I love how A.M. Hargrove makes her characters realistic and their own, one of a kind. The way she moves a story along really is something that I wish I could do. Then there are times when I'd think I should be crying, when I'm not in reality. It's just the reader in my head is bawling her eyes out and giving my heart out to these characters, especially January. Ugh! I can't start to believe how A.M. Hargrove wrote such a broken main character without breaking down from all of her hardships. I also love how she pushes the boundaries of the "aliens" in this novel. It's quite interesting how this is the third installment of a series, but can be read independently.
January St. Davis maybe the most broken hearted, strong character I've ever read. I can't imagine how she turned out all right per se, coming from a family that she does. So I loved how I saw her be kicked when she was on the ground, and then picked up to a sort of heaven like place. Then there is the dialogue with the whole romantic scenes with Rykerian. I could not believe what I was reading sometimes. It became very cheesy at moments that I just wanted to skip the whole scene. Then there were a lot of angst and reassuring going on that kind of got on my nerves, but I guess everything goes right at the end because of it all. My favorite character is Jurek Herdekian because his awesomeness might not be aware when we first meet him, but he is awesomeness personified. It was cute when he spent time with January, and too be honest I was not really wishing for a love triangle, but I didn't want Jurek to disappear later in the novel. I got my happy medium. :)
I really questioned the Vesturons a lot in this novel because something terrible happens to humans they try to save them and honestly I don't see why. I understand that some of the Vesturons significant others are humans, I don't truly understand their motive. I feel like they should have given hope, and said," Whatever, it was meant to be like that." That's how I see aliens doing if they find out that their was a pandemic on Earth, even though it's from a cause from someone else.
All in all I really enjoyed Determinant by A.M. Hargrove with all of the crazy characters and the strange aliens, and making me suffocate during romantic scenes. I'm finding that I've been reading a lot of books that when I'd talk to someone about the book I'd give a head nods, thumbs up. (4 out of 5)