It's Friday! One of my favorite days of the week and the time to review a YA novel. Today I am looking at Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz, book two in the Extraction series.
It's been seven days since Clementine and Logan escaped from the Core. Seven days of living among rebels in a hidden mountain base. Seven days of nightmares revolving around Oliver's death. They might have stopped Commander Charlie from blowing up the world, but they know he will have a contingency plan.
The rebels decide to act fast, and Clementine and Logan volunteer to return to a surface camp and be taken down into the crust. Right away things go wrong and the two are separated. Clementine struggles to find Logan and uncover Commander Charlie's plans. The rebels begin launching their own attacks, but things go from bad to worse as traitors are revealed. When Clementine is captured and subdued by a new drug, she is placed under the Commander's control. Unwillingly she is forced to take part in a murderous new plan to destroy the children of the surface.
So good. I read book one and this one in two days. I really enjoyed the unique story line and the continual tension. As a second in a series this one delivers. It starts right off from the previous book and explores a whole new side of things. We visit the crust and see the struggles of the humans that live there and really focus on the rebels.
The idea that struck me the most was that the Commander is right about the Mardinites and their impending arrival. The part that sucks is how he decides to handle it. In the first book we have the bomb, and in this book we have children as living bombs. It is so horrible and I have such a hard time understanding his logic. He must be crazy, so I guess the fact that he has to drug everyone makes sense.
The ending of this book is thrilling and I can't wait for the next book, Evolution in the fall of 2015. Once again the story is going to a whole nother level and the war that is coming externally and the one already happening internally are going to clash. 4.5 stars!