Book Review: Targets by Jes Drew

Good afternoon, Arrowheads! Okay, so I recently got the opportunity to read the final installment of my now favorite series, the Castaways series by Jes Drew. The conclusion to this three-part series, Targets, continues the fast-paced adventure of survival for the Rogers and company, and brings the series to a satisfiable end in an epic way. So, enough of the introduction, let’s get on the official review!


Y’all, I don’t know if I can even write a proper review for this book. Reading this series has been an emotional roller coaster (and an almost literal one) from experiencing all these misadventures with the Rogers and Company. I have laughed and cried with these characters. All of these characters are so palpable and unique in their own ways that they leap from the pages. The stories themselves are amazing, as we watch Emily go through trial after trial, become an emotional wreck and seek her peace. I’ve never read a series quite as entertaining and unique as the Castaways trilogy, where each element meshes together in the most perfect way. Castaways is good. Fugitives is great. But Targets… Targets is a mic-drop conclusion that produced tons of fangirling and all the feels from yours truly.

Favorite Aspects:
Rogers and Company Family: The joint family aspect between the Rogers, Williams, Jones, and Foragers families is so heartwarming. It embodies friendship and the love of Christ, giving off the vibe that the reader is a part of their family too.
The Characterization: Who is my favorite character? Literally all of them. I love that Emily is relatable. I love Christopher’s protective nature. I love Joseph’s sarcasm. I love Oto’s mischievousness. I love Ata’s strong-silent nature. I love that Chase reminds me of Dash from The Incredibles. They all hold a special place in my heart.
The Wit: This author has a true gift for fusing writing and comedy. This is a rare skill in my opinion, and the author uses it to the best of her ability, crafting hilarious dialogue and circumstances for her characters at the perfect time.
The Messages: I really do not want to spoil what the actual messages are, but the author dives deeper into aspects of Christianity in this installment. These messages worked well with the plot and really got me thinking about my own life and how I need to change to focus more on God.

I’d just like to thank the author for crafting such a wonderful series. I truly enjoyed every minute of it and would rate Targets ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars if I could! 😀

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-Allyson 😀

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