Author: Marie Lu
Publication Date: January 29th, 2013
Synopsis: Injured and on the run, it has been seven days since June and Day barely escaped Los Angeles and the Republic with their lives. Day is believed dead having lost his own brother to an execution squad who thought they were assassinating him. June is now the Republic’s most wanted traitor. Desperate for help, they turn to the Patriots – a vigilante rebel group sworn to bring down the Republic. But can they trust them or have they unwittingly become pawns in the most terrifying of political games?
Review: I was really disappointed with this book. The biggest problem I had with it is that it feels like Lu is making the love triangle and romance to be the biggest plot point for this story when it should be a minor one that enhances the story. June and Day do not make sense to me. Their whole relationship feels like it was constructed for the sole purpose of detracting from the war and the problems with the Republic. It feels forced, fake, and awkward. They have nothing in common, Day is impulsive, rash, and rarely thinks things through, while June is the complete opposite of him. Sometimes opposites work, but not with these two. And everything that Tess said to him, about how June is (partially) responsible for the death of his mother, is true. This relationship really killed the series for me.
For some reason I was not that interested in Day’s chapters, especially in the first part of the book. I was quite bored with them and it was not until the last half that they started to get interesting. I was much more interested in June’s chapters and what was going on with her and the people around her.
I look forward to getting to know Anden in Champion, from what we’ve seen he has the potential to be a great character and one that I would love. It was nice to see Kaede and learn more about her, and to learn things from her. She was such an awesome character.
This book drove me crazy. The lack of world building is killing me, I really do not get what Lu was trying to accomplish by making her narrators so ignorant of the world that they live in. They believe EVERYTHING that their government has told them and for the most part do not appear to have any thoughts of their own. Even after they learn that things are not as good as the Republic tells them, they continue to go on and believe what the people in the resistance are telling them. They take that information and act like it is the ultimate fact when they should be taking it at face value and trying to find out more on their own. I had hope with this book a lot of things would be cleared up but we got only a few answers, and those only brought me a dozen more questions. I am trying to love these books but Lu is making it hard.
Who ever at Putnam decided it was a good idea to have the alternating font colors really needs to know it was NOT a good idea. I suffer from chronic migraines and throughout the last two books of this series I had to stop reading when I changed from the blue/red text color back to black because the switch was bringing on a migraine.
Recommendation: Skip it there are better dystopians