Random House Publishing | Hardcover, 320 pages
Publication Date: May 27th, 2014
Young Adult | Science Fiction
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Book number two of this series has our West with a bounty on her head. Girl just can’t avoid trouble. With a deal she made with a member of the Board, she finds herself back on the streets on the hunt for three Alts whose counterparts were children of members of the Board themselves. Ah yes, the ole you should’ve known not to make deals with the devil. You know he’ll own your soul. In this case, however, our girl couldn’t find it in her to go back to her assassin ways. She just couldn’t kill them. Lucky for her, she’s given a weapon that could either kill them in the most painless way possible, or neutralize the system that tracks them as Alts. She managed to make the first two disappear, off the grid, if I may. The last one, though, is a different matter. Because as soon as she laid her eyes on him, she froze and realize, she couldn’t kill her brother Luc’s Alt. Things just kind of snowballed from there.
Short and sweet, this book was loads better than the first. Because I read them back-to-back, I sort of have a better understanding on the world that Ms. Chapman visualized.
“The Board decided the best way to weed out the weak was for soldiers to have to face down their worst enemies, those who would make the ultimate challenge. Themselves.”
This was more pronounced in the second book, as Alts, idles, originals, or what have you, seem to come to a head as West pissed off a whole slew of people. By the end of it all, it was a clusterfuck of epic fail for our West. Good intentions or not, she became the centre of all the conflicts in this book. Calamity Jane has nothing on West.
If there’s one thing I like about these books, it’s West’s Romeo (Chord). He is willing to overlook a lot for the sake of the girl he loves. I mean, he’s seen West pushed him away in the first book because she couldn’t stand to remember that it was Chord’s Alt who killed her brother. He’d seen her become a striker (killer for hire). And she’d lied to him over and over again. But this guy, man. He’s the real deal.
My two cents:
I insists that you borrow these books. I think the third one will be the best one yet, based on the way the second book ended. You will not be bored here, as it is non-stop cat and mouse action on every page.