Rating: 5/5 stars.
I have no words. This, this was incredible. I loved the first one immensely. But you never know if the next one will live up to the first one. Don’t even let it cross your mind for this one. It was just as spectacular, if not better, than the first.
Connor, leader of hundreds of AWOL Unwinds, must plan for what’s coming. He knows that there’s a storm brewing, just waiting to erupt. They must be prepared for when it does or they’re all going to die. But who can he truly trust? Risa wants to make a difference, to save lives. She wants her and Connor’s lives to move forward. Together. Finally, when she gets a chance to do something, she takes it, but she may have made the biggest mistake of her life. Lev is under house arrest and just about bored to death. He wants to help Connor, but he’s stuck. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being hunted for what he did, or for better words, for what he didn’t do. Camus, better known as Cam, is someone new. Someone that no one expects. He is the impossible. He shouldn’t exist. When he shows himself to the world, people’s whole way of thinking will change.
Connor is now in charge of hundreds of “whollies”, better known as AWOL Unwinds. He may not like the responsibility, it may go against his instincts, but he’s the only one who can do this. And he’s changed from the selfish kid who only cared about himself. He’s going to protect these kids. Someway. Somehow. Because they all know that it’s only a matter of time before they are attacked. She never thought that she would say this, but Risa loves Connor. And she knows that he loves her back, just not enough. Not enough to spend time with her. Not enough to take a break from work, in mind and body. So how can she really know that he loves her? But it isn’t long before everything changes and her integrity and self-confidence is torn to shreds. She loses a part of herself that she never thought she could. Lev. He doesn’t know where his life is headed. All he knows is that he hates house arrest. But worse is to come. His life is torn apart. He loses a lot. Stuff he can’t ever get back. There’s only one thing that can give him peace. Cam, there is a lot of focus on him in this book. I can’t talk too much about him for spoiler purposes, but he is at war with himself. He’s trying to find his purpose in this world? He needs help, and there may be only one person that can give it to him, someone unexpected.
There was so much buildup to such a climatic end. The betrayals. The rifts between friends. Gah! The action was so intense. It wasn’t a lot of the intense like fighting action, but more of the action that lies under the surface. Where you’re always guessing: what’s going to happen next? I was very much surprised. I was so tense throughout so much of this book. New elements were added into the story that just heaped up the tension. Then that ending went out with a bang! It was so shocking and depressing and stressful. It is so sad how hateful people can be.
I love how thought provoking this was. It was so so so thought provoking. So many questions were asked. Questions that talked of right and wrong, morality, or what makes a human being a human being? They were deep questions. Questions that can’t be answered easily. And this is one of the main reasons I love this series so much.
I will say that there was a good bit of language. It wasn’t a ton, but it was a little more than the last book. This was also violent. It wasn’t overtly descriptive, but there were a few instances that might turn people’s stomach.
Okay, so this was just an absolutely amazing book. Everyone needs to read it. I totally recommend this book! I’d think this would be best for older teens and up. Just go read it, and then tell me what you think!