Publisher: Carina Press (HQN) on December 1, 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult
Pages: Novel Length
Source: Blog Tour
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Freedom means making brutal choices.
Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.
When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.
Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.
Book two of two
At A Glance
A solid dystopian series.
I didn’t know this was the last book of The Line Series until the end. So this is a duo, which is cool. I feel pretty good about the end. Almost everything was wrapped up pretty well.
This series was hard for me because it dealt with sex slavery, which makes my stomach turn. But I think the author handled it well. Naya was both a strong and weak character that grew a lot through the book. Her journey was heart-wrenching (the flashbacks to her time on the line were pretty cringe worthy) but she was always moving forward, trying to make the world a better place. With Ric by her side, it was easier to face all the bad people in the world, and in this dystopia, there were a lot. Ric wasn’t always my favorite, but he was always real. He had a bit too much wine for my cheese, but I liked how he read like an average guy keeping strong for his girl.
The world building was great. Nothing super unique, but still horrifying and detailed. I liked the twists and turns and how many of the characters were neither good nor bad. There was always a fine line being walked by most characters which was interesting and different. There really wasn’t the “right choice” in these situation anyway. The action was great, as was the plot. It was fun to see past the city Naya knew all her life and finally witness how the people on the outside lived. Shocking but good.
Though the ending was satisfying, I think there could have been more to it. A little too fast of a wrap up for me. Plus, personally, I didn’t like that Naya was going to reconcile with “those people” in the end. That’s disgusting to me after what they did to her. I can’t say more without spoiling it.
Ric got on my damn nerves sometimes. A lot of his reactions and how he dealt with situations was disappointing.
I don’t know how realistic is was for how Naya dealt with sex after all her trauma, but I liked how Ric and her’s relationship progressed. There is sex and it was sexy but tasteful.
I would recommend this series overall. It’s not especially unique in the dystopian world, but it’s worth the read. The story is gut-wrenching at times but that’s what made me feel so strongly about the story. Very recommended.
“No!” Sonya shouted, clenching her jaw as her eyes bugged wide. “Not enough! It’s our fault we got those girls killed. Her fault!” She pointed at me again, and I felt my insides burst into flames and scatter like ash. “So don’t stand there and tell me how feeling compassion is the way to go. Compassion only gets people killed faster. It’s using your fucking brain, and thinking, planning, strategizing, that’s going to end this war. It’s following your goddamned mission and not getting distracted! And guess what? People are still going to die. So go ahead, stay behind because it feels right. Choose the fate of hundreds of thousands of people based on your fucking feelings.”
“You don’t have to do this,” Ric whispered.
I swallowed the terror in my throat and licked my lips with my dry tongue.
The elevator stopped, and I heard the sound of a tiny bell as the doors slid open.
“We can find another way,” he said.
I stepped through the open doors and drew my pistol.
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