After finishing the first book, I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. When I found out about this one, dropped everything to begin reading it, so that I could post the review today, so soon after my unboxing video. And I’m glad I did. With a really nice orange cover, this blended seamlessly with the other cover.
Ned and the gang are back, and this story is just as exciting as ever. After escaping from the very place they thought they would die, he feels both relieved and claustrophobic. Since his parents died, it has just been one community home after another, and then eventually the dome after being named Denounced, and he can’t stop thinking about the sun on his skin, even though it seems like they’re about to be caught.
Being chased by guards, Spencer is hurt, and they barely are able to duck into a mine. The only thing, is that before too long, they hit a dead end, and are faced with either a group of at least thirty guards, or a sheer cliff that may or may not end in water at the bottom. They end up jumping off and falling into, you guessed it, horribly rough water. After almost drowning, they’re able to finally make it far enough away from the guards, and into the desert.
It takes them much too long with too little food and water, but eventually they make it into a village. Recognizing leadership, the leader, Omar, immediately takes a shine to Ned, and even though the rest of the team doesn’t trust them, Ned wants to. They saved them, after all. They learn after not too long that they’re outside the very world that they’ve known all their lives, but the only thing that will be able to save them in the end, is to go back in.
This book was a wild ride start to finish. I wasn’t sure what was going to happen after the ending of the last one, but I’m very pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this one, and I can’t wait for the next one. The characters in this story are very realistic, I mean, as realistic as they can be living in a dystopia their whole lives, but they’re able to make the best of any situation that they’re in, and I’m excited to see where they get themselves to next. This has quickly become one of my favourite series that I’m into, and I just know that other people will like it as much as me.
My favourite character is probably Ned, not only because we see the story from his first person viewpoint, but because he’s such a strong person, and he’s able to think quick on his feet, and do what he needs to do to protect his team, even if they aren’t always on his side. The world they live in is so interesting and I want to know more about it. The story sucked me in from the moment I started it. If you want a young adult dystopian series with a military twist that’s unlike any of the other’s out there, than you need to pick up this series.
Thanks for reading!