This was one of those books that has been in my TBR since its release date last summer. Life of a reader no? The only fault was my own though, but I made it a priority this summer and am happy I got to dive back into the series!
All her life Thalli thought she was an anomaly. Now she must use her gifts to fulfill the role she was called to play: Revolutionary.
Back in the underground State against her will, Thalli is no longer the anomaly she was before. She has proven herself to be a powerful leader aboveground and returns with information that Dr. Loudin needs to complete his plan of uniting the world under one leader: himself. But he, too, has information. A secret he has kept from Thalli her entire life. A secret that, once revealed, changes everything about the person Thalli thought she was.
Hoping to help Thalli rise up against the Scientists, both Berk and Alex join her underground, but their presence only brings more trouble for her. Now Dr. Loudin knows just the leverage to use on his captive, and she is forced to choose between the two of them. Is her first love her true love? Or does Alex ultimately claim her heart?
Unsure of everything around her, including her own identity, Thalli doesn’t know where to turn. She knows she needs the Designer, but he seems further away than ever. What she does know, though, is that if she doesn’t do something to stop Loudin, the fragile world aboveground will be lost once and for all.
I thought there was a lot of non stop action and it worked perfectly for the story, and not only the suspense, but the right amount of surprises to keep you turning the pages – just what’s needed for a dystopian novel.
I liked how McGee weaves faith into a dystopian novel, it isn’t an easy task, but I appreciated the creativity and depth of it.
My only qualm (which goes back to the second book) would be the semi love triangle. I say semi, because I had no doubt how things would end in that aspect, but I’m just not a fan of the triangles (as in I claim there is no triangle in Hunger Games – no matter what people say). With that said, I thought how it panned out was fitting.
I think some of the strongest parts of the novel (and series) were the themes. Themes of friendship, loyalty, sacrifice, love and also themes of blinding pride, greed and a never ending thirst for power can destroy a person.
My favorite is still the first in the series, but this was a fitting and satisfying conclusion to a creative and intriguing series. If you’re interested in reading this one, make sure you read the first two before grabbing this one!
If you had to choose, which type of Dystopian world would you pick? Hunger Games? Anomaly? The Walking Dead ; )? One I missed?