Hunter Garrity - I get you and I don't. You whine a lot about how you don't have friends and don't understand why people dislike and distrust you. Yet the Merrick boys refuse to shun you after you were a horrible friend to them and they even attempt to help you. Still, you feel conflicted about who you can trust.
Seriously, Hunter. You are a tool.
I spent most of the book secretly hoping Hunter would fall off a cliff so a character with actual brain cells could become the focal point of the story. I never really liked Hunter until I read Spark, mostly because I enjoyed the friendship he developed with Gabriel. Any positive feeling I had for his character vanished in this book. I cannot begin to tell you how much I disliked this kid. And his new sidekick, Kate Sullivan, is a million times worse. Some things happen involving Kate that were likely intended to cause sadness and make me feel sorry for Hunter. Instead, I felt a whole lot of nothing. No reaction. No emotion. Nothing.
I enjoy the elemental series. I really do. But the magic that makes this series great was absent in Spirit. For me, the most enjoyable moments in the book involved Michael (I love this guy!) and Gabriel Merrick. Everything else was pretty underwhelming. If you haven't read Kemmerer's novella, Breathless, PLEASE DO! I think Nick's story has the potential to be epic. I cannot wait to see how everything will play out in the next book.