From the New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians (now a MAJOR MOTION PICTURE) and China Rich Girlfriend, here is the uproarious conclusion to the Crazy Rich Asians Series.
Esquire Best Books of 2017
Kirkus Best Fictional Families of 2017
Book Three of the Crazy Rich Asians Series
When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.
As her relatives fight over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by her ex-husband—a man hell bent on destroying Astrid’s reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to China’s second richest man, billionaire Jack Bing, still feels second best next to her new step-daughter, famous fashionista Colette Bing.
A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a kidnapping at Hong Kong’s most elite private school to a surprise marriage proposal at an Indian palace, caught on camera by the telephoto lenses of paparazzi, Kevin Kwan’s hilarious, gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets of Asia’s most privileged families and their rich people problems.
In the concluding book of the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy, the center of attention actually falls on Shang Su Yi, the matriarch of the Young-Leong-Cheng families. She has fallen ill and with her death approaching, her entire family returns to Singapore. At the start of the book, Nicholas Young is still estranged from his grandmother and with him apparently no longer the heir to the Tyersall estate, other parts of the extended family begin to jockey for position so they can inherit the most fabulous estate in Singapore.
The story focuses on the trials and tribulations Astrid Leong is going through as she attempts to divorce her husband Michael while keeping alive her new relationship with Charlie Wu. It also focuses on Nicholas as he wonders what he should do now that his Grandmother has fallen ill. And we get a lot of attention paid to the Shangs, some attention on Rachel’s brother, a good deal of attention on Kitty Pong and Oliver and almost no attention on Rachel. It seems Rachel’s story was mostly done so we don’t focus on her too much. That’s a pity because she was an amazing artistic creation and I would have loved to see more about her. And that’s why this book only merits four stars. All in all, it’s a good conclusion that could have been better.
For me, the best part of the book were Su Yi’s WWII flashbacks. If Kwan doesn’t want to continue this story then I hope he would write a story about Su Yi. She has always been amazing and now she sounds even more intriguing.
I bought the entire trilogy at once. I so enjoyed the first book that I immediately went on to the second, only to realize near the end, that I was reading the 3rd book. Even so, I was able to understand everything. However, when finished with the 3rd, I delved into the second, and had many aha moments, so this is why this happened and so forth. I loved this trilogy and recommend reading it in the correct order. All of the top reviews say everything I believe. I will go a step further. If you are not into big spending and consider it obnoxious, then this series is not for you. I thoroughly ENJOY all the brand names and exciting places. I am now passing the trilogy on to my best friend. I’m sure she will love it as much as I did. It may bot be a pulitzer prize winner but it is definitely entertaining. Oh yes, and I DID skim the final book again to clarify some of the finer points.
The third book in this amazing trilogy that has opened the world of the “crazy rich asians” to many of us for the first time, is an excellent, very entertaining and well written summer read. Full of mind boggling fashion, interior design, food and spending excesses, this grand finale takes the reader on a journey full of emotional suspense and plot twists, as many familiar and a few new characters meet again in Singapore and in stunning, luxurious locales across the planet.
I loved and enjoyed this book from the first page to the last and read it way too fast. Time to read them all again from the beginning on the beach this summer. Kevin Kwan is masterful at being extremely entertaining, creating a literary world, characters and locations that I can see, hear, smell and feel and weaving a web of relationships that display a deep understanding of the intricacies of life and human perceptions, desires and interactions. Thus I have found myself again and again in the characters of his books and have come away enriched from immersing myself in this strange world.