In Ronnie Billings’ dystopian world, surviving the Letting and breaking free of a corrupt government is less of a surprise than falling in love with Phoenix Day, the leader of the Peaceful Revolution…
When the government sentences Ronnie to a Coupling under the guise of producing a coveted blood type, Ronnie discovers the one she’s slated to Couple with expects even more.
Prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to save those she loves most, Ronnie devastates Phoenix with her impossible decision. Whisked away from her rebel life to another world ravaged by despair, Ronnie meets her greatest nemesis...her biological father.
Steeling her nerves against the dangers of escape, she embarks on the perilous journey back. She is convinced she belongs with Phoenix and his revolution, but will her friends, and especially Phoenix, be ready to accept her when she returns? Because this time, evil is in her blood... (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of YA Bound Book Tours.
For being a sequel, it took me a little while to get into this one. I think where I struggled was the dialogue the most. There were multiple sections I felt could have been pared down a bit or described too much of the internal monologue. And despite the consistent description of internal thoughts, I still felt Ronnie & Phoenix’s interactions were unrealistic at times. Phoenix’s perception of what he wanted in their relationship just always felt “off” to me.
That being said, once I got into the thick of the book, it improved quite a bit for me. There were plenty of twists and turns in the story to keep it interesting and I did not see the ending coming. Though I have the aforementioned reservations on the book, I enjoyed the series and would give more by the author a shot.
Warning: Contains violence and some sexual content.
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Folks who enjoyed the first in the series! You’d be a little lost without that context.
Want to read the whole series?