Knox Read-Along Part 2

Contributing writers: K Arsenault Rivera, Brooke Bolander, Gabino Iglesias, and Sunny Moraine.

Narrated by: Pilar Uribe.

If you haven’t yet read it, you can find my Read-Along of episodes 1-6 here!

Knox

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Episode 7
Episode 8
Episode 9
Episode 10
Episode 11
Conclusion

Knox is a series on Serial Box that updates weekly episodes. Purchasing the season gives you access to the entire season as each episode becomes available. Each season is a collaboration with several talented writers including Rivera, one of my personal favorites. You can either read or listen to each episode, or switch between the two at will. I opted to listen to each episode and this was an entirely new experience for me. (Though I’ve switched to text periodically just to experience that as well.) It’s not exactly like listening to a typical audio book either. Listening to Knox is like listening to a classic noir radio drama. It feels very in the moment with great narration, theme music and well designed sound effects sprinkled throughout. I’m loving the fun immersion provided for this series.

After every episode I’ll update with my thoughts and discuss events that are happening as I listen. Be advised: from this point forward, spoilers are likely.

Ep. 7 Down and Out in New York City

Knox has woken up now after her extremely trippy dream coma in the previous episode. I was happy to see the story continue progressing. Her relationship, or past relationship, with Ray gets a little more tense as well. I’m interested to learn more, but for now I was happy with what we’ve learned so far. Additionally, we get a bit more of a glimpse into Abe’s life. He’s a great supporting character and deserves to have a fleshed out back story. The character that interest me the most however is Ellen. She’s been so minor and important at the same time. Obviously Knox puts a lot of trust in her and I still feel like there is some past tension between them, but we’ve seen so little of her. I’m very excited to see that she may be coming back to the forefront a little bit more. This episode ended with a very confusing and intriguing cliffhanger. I have just as many questions as answers I got.

Ep. 8 The Rifleman’s Rule

Things are really starting to come together in this episode! We get a ton of information that clears up a few things, but at the same time I have so many more questions. Knox actually takes a little bit of a back seat this time around and we learn so much more about Craddock who you learned in the last episode is still very much alive. His connection to Knox and the war actually makes me like Episode 6 so much more. It doesn’t feel so awkward now that there seems to be a reason for us to know so much. We primarily follow Craddock and get his back story as well as the somewhat creepy young girl Knox met in a previous episode. He is able to give Knox a lot more info on what is actually going on and it’s so nice to finally have a better idea of what is happening. The episode leaves off with us hopefully getting to see our favorite diener again in the next episode.

Ep. 9 The Woman Who Wasn’t There

I loved that this episode follows Dakota through most of it. She is a character that I hope to learn more about. I love that she, like Ellen, is attached to Knox in a personal way. It is causing some struggles when trying to figure out if there is going to be a romantic line for Knox. This episode though does confirm that romance is extremely complicated in regards to Knox. Following Dakota through this episode though was refreshing. She’s disconnected from the supernatural-ness so it really changed the feel getting to learn a bit more about her life, though not too much. She, like pretty much everyone in this series, is so cryptic and the information is not spoon fed to us. Though it’s not hard to put the piece together for a basic idea of who she is.

Now nearly everyone Knox knows has been pulled together literally in one room because of everything that’s happened. Once again, this episode ends in a bit of an “oh shit” moment for the group and Knox in particular.

Ep. 10 Eppur si Muove

I loved this episode! The audio factor of this really came into play again. It’s been present through every episode of course, but it’s really the more spooky moments where this really shines. The atmosphere was perfect. It was both amazingly eerie and a little gross hearing the eldritch horror creature in the background of the action. Things definitely feel like there escalating to a climax. The imagery in this episode was so enjoyable as well.

I enjoyed getting to see Abe’s friends come back and have a bigger purpose. I think that is such a solid theme this series has. Everyone has purpose and every comes back to do something important. Knox is in probably the worst place she could be which is quite literally the middle of everything. Now that she is tied to this horror that is materializing I’m very anxious to see how she handles things. I feel like her solution at the end of this episode is not exactly going to go well.

Ep. 11 Dead Reckoning

And now we have come to the finale! Knox’s near death haze is a bit heartbreaking. We get more bits and pieces of her past and she decides to fight to stay alive. This last episode does sort of feel like it wraps up fairly quickly despite it being about the same length as the rest. Once she wakes we see her in the hospital recovering. At this point I genuinely don’t know who things are planning to wrap up. A lot of things just sort of resolve while Knox has been unconscious, like the cult disbanding. We do learn though that a couple of key players were not found, so that leads to some potential season two story lines.

I won’t lie, since the main action more or less concluded, I was really curious to know what Knox would do with all of the relationship, and not relationship, drama she had around her. I was a bit surprised it was Dakota that she finally went to in the end. I did like her a lot though and it seemed like she was the person Knox really needed to spend time with after everything that happened. It makes sense considering she is the most removed from all the supernatural happening in her life.

CONCLUSION

Overall, this was a lot of fun! I liked the story, though I admit it did feel like it was missing something. I think it felt a bit narrow maybe? But I can also understand that this was the point. It was focused and moved along fairly quickly. I LOVED the audio drama aspect of what Serial Box does. That really made this an interesting experience and I just don’t think it would have had the same affect on me had it just been a normal audiobook or if I had only read it and not listened. This is a HUGE draw to the whole thing and I can’t stress enough how worth it I think it is to actually listen with your full attention.

I genuinely hope there will be a second season to this story.


Knox provided for free by Serial Box in return for an honest review.

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