Monday, October 10, 2016

Rebellion by J.A. Souders (Review)

YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date:July 12, 2016
Published By: Tor Teen
Series The Elysium Chronicles #3
Review copy:Won (Goodreads First Reads)
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In this conclusion to J. A. Souders’s thrilling, twist-filled Elysium Chronicles series, Evie Winters and Gavin Hunter return to the isolated, dangerous underwater city that they fought so hard to escape.

Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for her city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, she’s determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?

Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force—with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.

  Mother always said, "Sacrifices must be made for the greater good."  But I've learned that the reward for those sacrifices is minuscule compared to the price we pay.  
  In any deal, if you play your cards right, there's always a way to win.  Even if you have to cheat a little to get it.
I am Evie, but I'm also the Daughter of the People.  I am no one and someone.  I am the people's voice.  And I will take Mother's city out from underneath her, remove her support system before she even knows there's a problem.  Then, when I'm ready, I'll yank the rug out from underneath her and watch her fall.

 I have adored this trilogy since the first book, and was highly anticipating this release.  Basically I was checking the mail daily when I found out that I had won it from Goodreads, First Reads program.  I did read my previous reviews and part of Revelations to try and bring myself back up to speed, but three years is a long time to build anticipation and a few times I just ended up feeling lost.

  The plot were basically on point for the most part.  There were a few times that I kind of scratched my head and pondered, but I banked it on the fact that it had been awhile since I actually read both books.  I found somethings didn't seem to have much of a resolution, and was having a hard time tying the threads of certain things together.  This being said I did enjoy how it was written.  There weren't many chance for the story to become stagnant and there was definitely a constant building of anticipation.  However, in the end the anticipation felt like a big fat lie.  It was like telling me there was a damn rainbow at the end of the storm only to be told, surprise it's an entirely new storm!

  Evie has always been an enjoyable character for me.  She has her strengths and her weakness but you knew you could depend on her.  I did expect her to work on some of her weaknesses with the ending of the trilogy, and everything that was expected of her. This is a character that has overcome brainwashing, a memory wipe and basically several tragic events and yet in the end I was disappointed that she was so often unsure of herself and her decisions.  To a point it made sense in the end, but at the same time that just made it all worse.  I really don't know how to explain it.  Evie didn't regress as a character but she didn't grow as much as I would have liked.

  Gavin and Asher will really given a chance to shine in this book.  More so Gavin, lets face it he's the love interest but I think we got to see more of him.  In finding more about Gavin we find more about Asher.  It's interesting the way that Sounders kind of twists their history into the present and into what Gavin really needs to know.  This is a little more complicated than I can explain without spoiling everything.  Though once again when everything ended, I'm not really sure how his parts came to be.  However, Gavin and Asher are by far my favorite to read and learn about.  There's something about these guys that just draws me.  I'm glad that things kind of worked out for them...maybe.

  Overall I can accept that this was the end, but only simply because I have to.  When I started to feel that everything was complete, I was thrown.  I really have so many conflicted feelings about this being the final book and the last big twist it took.  I did enjoy the ride...But as you can tell I'm having issues with the last bump.  For people that have been fans of this trilogy like me I think it's defiantly worth picking up.  The feeling of being left on a cliff may just be me, and I wouldn't want someone to miss out because of how I felt.

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