It's been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him...and put an end to this war?
As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan...and losing control of herself.
Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget.
Title: Rebellion (Extraction #2)
Author: Stephanie Diaz
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
I want to thank St. Martin's Griffin for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.
If you haven't read the first book in this series, STOP HERE. I cannot promise there will not be spoilers from the first book. As a matter of fact, I can pretty much guarantee there will be.
This book picks up right where the last book left off. Clementine is back from her trip, where Oliver flew into the moon to destroy the machine put there by the enemy. Clementine and her band of misfits have taken to a compound on the surface, where they hide and plan their attack on Commander Charlie.
Of course, as with any good plan, there's always a downside. And this comes in the form of confronting your enemy and possibly never coming out alive. Clementine knows this is a real possibility.
I will say that the first book in this series was just ok for me. It didn't hold my interest as much as I would have liked. The concepts were interesting, but I had felt like there was too much of other books in them (which I mention in my review). Same went with this book, I could see similarities for sure. I wanted it to go a different route than I was expecting, but it didn't really do that for me.
But every dystopian must have it's rebellion and Diaz managed to pull that off quite nicely. This book certainly was faster paced than the first. There was more action and intrigue that kept me wanting to get to the end to see where Clementine would end up.
And there's even a twist, a wrench if you will, thrown into the plot. One that actually pulls Commander Charlie more onto their side then they would like. I can't get into what it is, because I'll spoil things, but let's just say I can see where the enemies might join forces a bit in the next book to try and save their people.
Clementine is plagued by what has happened to her in the very recent past in this book. It makes her hesitate in situations where she should not, and do things in situations that might cause others harm. She has a hard time separating herself from the trauma and it's a picture that is clearly painted to the reader. At the same time, she chooses to hide what's going on from her friends, rather than seek the help she needs to move past it. I felt badly for her, but I also wanted her to find the light somewhere and it never really happened. Her relationship with Logan becomes especially pressed for it, and it doesn't help that she keeps secrets from him because he feels the tension it is causing.
There are a ton of supporting characters in this book, each with their own unique personality. It was nice to watch the interactions between them as their relationships grew stronger the more time they all spent together.
I will say I would have liked to see more showing in this book as opposed to telling. Much of the time Clementine focuses on telling us what is going on around her rather than us seeing it though her interactions with the other characters and the world around her. At times this pulled me out of the story and I had to put the book down to take a breather.
Overall this was a fairly enjoyable read. There's definitely a cliff hanger ending here, so I want to see what happens int he next book. I can only imagine that the opening with be a big bang, because it can't be anything but.
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