Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publication Date: October 2013
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Dystopia, Fantasy
Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two
Synopsis can be found here.
I received a copy of this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
After erasing Liam’s mind and joining the League, Ruby is used in operations, honing her skills and helping the enemies she promised herself she never would work with. But kids are being “accidently” killed, pushed into the line of fire and there is only a small hope to undo it. Ruby must find Liam, across the nation. He has something they need. But the road is more dangerous than any of them imagined. And what condition will they find Liam in, if they find him at all?
I had a hard time reading this second book. Don’t get me wrong. It’s well thought out, well written and can be pretty absorbing. But there were a lot of slower bits that went on and I found myself putting it down again and again. The last half of the book though is pretty solid so I breezed through those pages quickly, eating them up.
I really like Ruby in this book. She’s getting darker, playing on the edge of right, wrong and really wrong. Her inner struggles are focused, a good commentary about power and doing things because we can.
A slow point for me was Liam. I know, I know. But he is seriously like not in a lot of this book. And that’s kind of a thing for me. You have a love interest. Then you take him away, for most of book two? By the time Liam comes back around, I felt really disconnected to him, both to his character and this love between him and Ruby. However, about 3/4 of the way, I’m so invested in Liam again I think I must have been on drugs when I was reading earlier. Emotional.
The action is great when it’s going, but like I said before- there were too many slow bits to really hold my attention. Overall, it’s a good sequel and a lot happens especially at the end. The ending really propells me into reading the last book.
I’ll continue with the series. I find the story line thrilling and interesting, really caring for the characters, even ones I didn’t think I would. (Eh-hem, Vida.)
Rating 6 Good