Here we are at the Review of the last book of “The Foxhole Court” Trilogy! It’s been one hell of a ride for these characters and I’m so happy to say that in the end, they got the triumph that they deserved from the start. I’ll miss them a lot but re-reading is always an option, right? PSA: I’m warning you: This will contain spoilers.
Neil Josten is out of time. He knew when he came to PSU he wouldn’t survive the year, but with his death right around the corner, he’s got more reasons than ever to live.
Befriending the Foxes was inadvisable. Kissing one is unthinkable. Neil should know better than to get involved with anyone this close to the end, but Andrew’s never been the easiest person to walk away from. If they both say it doesn’t mean anything, maybe Neil won’t regret losing it, but the one person Neil can’t lie to is himself.
Neil’s journey – from beginning to end.
This final installment started out right after the ending of Book 2 so no time was wasted getting right back into things. I feel like Neil’s journey is a lot about re-defining his will to survive from self-preservation to actually having formed these friendships with his teammates and his relationship with Andrew gave him more than one reason to want to continue living at all. When I think back to how Neil started out in book 1, he became more emotionally available and more understanding of others, whereas before he only knew one thing: looking out for himself.
Wymack was kind of that person for Neil that was there to help him after he came back from Evermore – a kind of father figure – which was a really great Element that made me appreciate Wymack as a character even more, than even if he can be harsh – he really cares about these kids. I think Neil saw that and sometimes he needed that.
What Neil went through in his childhood, having to run for so long, has taken such a toll on his mental health, as well, I think. Which is why he connects so well with the foxes because they went through similiar tough situations themselves and came out stronger than before. In regards, to how things ended with his father, I was pretty satisfied with that.
His relationship with Andrew progressed even further throughout this book and you could see how much they trusted in each other even though I’m sure Andrew would never admit it. But when he gave Neil his car keys a second time, it was more than obvious to me that Andrew speaks through actions more than his words. Neil had to work to earn his trust and be persistent but I loved seeing how it progressed. I found myself literally marking almost all of their scenes with my text marker. My book looks almost like Swetlana’s copy of ACOMAF. Something else I really love about these two is that they don’t pity each other for what they’ve been through – they see the other as the person – not their history.
Kevin was a crucial part of Neil’s journey and character growth. He and Kevin had a lot of issues to work through and I doubt that they will ever be done with that but I think that Kevin appreciates Neil more than he lets on. Kevin is quietly reserved in that way due to how he was raised by the Ravens, with their cruel methods.
He had to overcome a lot of his inner demons to let people in his life in but he quickly realized that in the end, everything he had to do get to where he was at the end, it was worth it. His teammates were worth it.
How I feel about the ending – satisfactory or not?
Definitely satisfying. Everything that happened in between the first and last book was wrapped up so nicely I was loving it. I finished like the last 200+ in 1 day because I couldn’t put it down.
A few people who did horrible things to Neil and the Foxes finally got what they deserved. Which really made me happy because they could finally let go of the past and move on into a brighter future for the team.