By: Sarah Noffke
Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
Austin Valley appears as it always has, but Em Fuller knows that appearances aren’t what they seem. She knows under the surface, that cracks are starting to form in this seemingly well-manicured society. She’s responsible for creating these cracks and for planting a slow dissension among many of the residents of this once happy city. Broken in a way Em never thought possible, she turns into a well-calculated, strategic leader. With the help of the brightest minds in Austin Valley, Em begins building an army whose only purpose is to protect the population of Austin Valley from their President, Victor Vider. Em firmly believes the success of her army is inevitable, that is until a new blow strikes her heart and she questions whether she has the tenacity to go on.
(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)
So I’ve listened to books half this long that seem like they just go on and on, never ending.
This one? It zooms. It picks you up just after Rebels and doesn’t let you go until the very sweet end.
Sure, there are a few bits that even while listening, I mentally switched the word order to make it a bit less passive. The story carries itself. You cannot help but need to know what’s going to happen. Plus, seriously, there are just some character (you know who they are) you just wanna smack in the face, but since it’s a book….
This is the culminating moment, the do or die, the charge or run away. Em is the same girl, underneath the pain and the grief that she’s faced, that we met in the beginning. All I can think at the end is, “Good for her.”
And I have to say the romance, while less fiery and repetitive than in Defects, will completely satisfy the reader who’s made it this far in the Reverian journey.
I think Elizabeth Klett really warmed up to her role as Em. You can feel that she felt during her narration.
I’m sitting here, rewording my thoughts over and over, trying very hard not to give anything away to those deciding whether or not to buy this book. This is why it’s so hard for me to review the very end. I’ve already said all the good things in my first reviews. All that’s left to say will spoil it for future readers. I refuse to do that.