In that way that two strong, bold personalities often have children that have wispy, paler personalities than themselves, Prudence is a pale imitation of Connel and Alexia Maccon in Soulless.
It's not for lack of trying, but Carriger's attempts at giving Prudence (Rue) her own eccentric personality just falls flat for me. What felt like effortless eccentricity and resulting hilarity in Alexis feels forced in Rue. What felt natural in Soulless feels affected in Prudence.
Still, it wasn't a bad read; if I hadn't read The Parasol Protectorate and The Finishing School series first, I'd likely have enjoyed this a lot more. But even though we get to see the beloved cast of characters from TPP return, it's sadly just not the same. It just never really came together for me. It was o.k., but it was never fun.
Total pages: 357