Predictable Yet Enjoyable

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I enjoyed this book even though the plot did not really break any new ground. I loved the inclusion and exploration of the Mesoamerican gods and mythology even though the titular trial and how the events ultimately unfolded took a fairly standard route. Even though I expected nearly everything I got with the narrative, Thomas' writing engaged and captivated me, keeping me reading throughout the novel. One small thing that tempered my enjoyment was the sassy female best friend who fully supports the main character, something I had already seen in Thomas' first work, Cemetery Boys. (Thankfully, this character is not related to the main character like the character in Cemetery Boys.) Even though the story followed well-trod and familiar paths, I fully enjoyed the ride and will definitely pick up the sequel as soon as it is published.