Honestly, the only thing I kept thinking while reading Night Betrayed by Joss Ware was “They’re old!!” It’s true. Theo was almost 80 and Selena was 50, though neither of them looked it. Unsurprisingly, Ware managed to enthrall me with their story despite their age.
The Change that devastated the earth did not destroy Theo Waxnicki. It made him something more than human–eternally young, eternally beautiful . . . but not immortal. When he dies on a mission against the Strangers, he is lost to the darkness . . . until a miracle lady brings him back.
Born during the apocalyptic storms and earthquakes that left the world in ruins, Selena has dedicated her life to easing the pain of others. But Theo is the first in her care to survive. Responding to Selena’s tender touch, Theo starts to live again, to feel and desire again. But joined in a world of terrors, the secrets they can never share make them targets. And love could be the ultimate betrayal.
Because both Theo and Selena lived through the apocalypse, they aged differently from everyone else and looked decades younger than they really were. Now, normally in paranormal books, I don’t really care how old the characters are (700 year old immortal vampire? He’s still hunky, so it’s all good); but with Night Betrayed, Theo’s identical twin brother, Lou, was still around and he looked like the old man he really was. To me, and I’m sure many other readers, it was just a constant reminder that Theo was supposed to be old and wrinkly, not young and hunky.
The plot deviated from the battle against the Strangers, that the past three books focused on. Night Betrayed was more of an emotional book than the previous books in the series. It focused more on the relationship between Theo and Selena. That’s not to say there wasn’t any action – the gangas played a bigger role, giving Night Betrayed it’s much needed action.
Despite my earlier complaints, I did like Theo and Selena. They each had a ton of emotional issues to deal with; for them, age did not bring maturity. They both continually lied to each other, stubbornly refused to admit their feelings to each other and basically acted like teenagers in their first serious relationship. They were almost as bad as Zoe and Quent.
Overall, I can’t say that Night Betrayed was my favorite book in the series but it was good enough to keep me hooked all the way through and leave me wanting the next book in the series.