Linger is the second book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy by Maggie Stiefvater.
Sam Roth is no longer the boy who turns into a wolf when the temperature drops. He is now just a boy with a future ahead of him and the girl he loves beside him. However, his past is never that far from his present, nor is the weight of responsibility on his shoulders ever far from his mind.
Grace Brisbane, the girl who didn’t turn into a wolf when she was bitten as a child, now has all she’s ever wanted. A real future with the boy she loves and the prospect of a life away from Mercy Falls when she goes off to college. However, something’s not right, and the future she had thought was hers is no longer certain.
As their world begins to fall apart, what will become of them?
“I never knew there were so many kinds of love or that love could make people do so many different things.
I never knew there were so many different ways to say goodbye.”
In the second book in this series we find that the roles of Grace and Sam have been somewhat reversed. Isabel, their reluctant confidant from Shiver, comes into her own, as she tries battling her own demons and helping her friends.
We are also introduced to a new character, Cole. I liked how his story was the complete opposite of Sam’s: Sam struggled to remain human, whilst Cole struggles to remain a wolf. Another aspect of the story that I like is that Sam uses song lyrics to process what he is feeling and what is going on around him.
I enjoyed reading this book, however, I didn’t think it was as good or as gripping as the first in the trilogy, probably because I found it harder to connect with a few of the characters this time round, at least for the first half of the book. This made it much harder to rate. I didn’t think I could give it a 4, the same as I gave Shiver, but it is much better than a 3, so I tagged an extra ½ on to the rating below.
I am looking forward to reading the final book of the trilogy, Forever, to see what happens to Grace and Sam, Cole and Isabel and the rest of the wolf pack.