Author: Marie Lu
Release Date: January 29, 2013
First line: “Day jolts awake beside me.”
“After escaping from the Republic’s stronghold of Los Angeles, June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: the Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the pair joins a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and who offer them passage to the Colonies. The Patriots have only one request – June and Day must assassinate the new Elector.
It’s the chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning? What if revolution must me more than loss and vengeance, anger and blood? What if the Patriots are wrong?” – from the book jacket
My thoughts: I’ve read some reviews by people that said they couldn’t really connect to the characters in this book. I felt differently. I really like June. I think her confusion is realistic considering it’s still been a short time since she found out how corrupt the Republic is, and I really like that she is still strong and can for the most part take care of herself easily. I still like Day too; I think his character is a little more interesting than June, and I especially liked the scene with June teaching him how to fight. Kaede is by far my favorite side character in this book, and I wanted to know more about her.
This is definitely one of my favorite sequels. It seems like everything is a series now, and I realize that it can be hard for authors to keep that magic into the second book. I think Marie Lu did it, I just hope that it continues in the next one!
Kept me interested: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5