Arriving at the new government bunker, things quickly go from bad to worse. I am separated from Finn and my family because of my ability to connect with Arvies through telepathy. Housed with three other Readers—and kept away from the general population—we are given serum injections in effort to enhance our thought transference. The end goal? Thought manipulation.
We are considered humanity’s only hope in the war against the Arvy race.
With the ever growing threat of an invasion, the government demands results from the Reader program by doling out ultimatums, and using our loved ones against us.
But they will not break me.
My name is Abigail Park. I am intransigent.
by Cameo Renae
The After Light Saga #3
Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
June 18, 2015
Cameo Renae knows what young adults want to read, and she also knows exactly how to write it for them. Without fail. Of course I am not a young adult, but I have read every book this author has ever published. And enjoyed them all. The main thing to keep in mind is that it’s a dystopian read and that does involve some violence, although this book had a lot less than the others, at least I thought so.
Abi and her family and fiance, Finn, have escaped to a new bunker, only this time she has a new found power-telepathy. Only it’s not just telepathy with other people, it’s with the Arvi’s. Arvi’s are mutated people that were given a serum to try and counteract the effects of radiation poisioning. Yes, it saved them, but it also made them blood thirsty monsters. Small groups of people have survived underground for years and years(thirteen years in Abi’s case) before coming topside-and into a nightmare. Now people are banding together in bunkers where the rules are strict, and the people are not necessarily treated well.
So now Abi has a gift that the leaders of the new bunker want to exploit against the Arvi’s. Only they are in a hurry so they decide to use a serum to enhance her capabilities.They are also using it on twins-Chase and Chloe, also teenagers that have lived there longer. After Abi starts the drug, things get really interesting to say the least.
This is still my favorite of this author’s series, although I really loved her Hidden Wings series. Abi is such a strong character and Finn seems just as strong. The two have been through hell and back on many occasions since leaving their underground home. Abi and her gun, Hell Fire, are a force to reckoned with, and now that she can interact with the Arvi’s, things just got worse than ever. In addition, to these two characters, her parents are back, along with many more of her relatives and of course Dr. Banks, the medical doctor of the group and Abi’s friend. Abi also befriends the twins Chase and Chloe and I enjoyed that relationship as well, and it added to the overall story.Of course as always, besides the Arvi’s, the villains are the leaders of the bunker.
If I had one minor problem with this book it would be that I am used to a lot more action in this series, and this one didn’t have as many of those exciting moments up against the Arvies. Don’t get me wrong, there absolutely are some of those moments, but I am just used to more. The reason for this, is because it mainly takes place in the new bunker and the Arvies for the most part are outside the bunker. The ones inside the bunker do make for some of the more exciting parts of the story however. There’s also plenty of bunker excitement and not necessarily in a good way. And having said all that, I am excited the direction the story is heading and I know there is lots more to look forward to in this story. I am hoping to see Abi and Finn find their way to safety eventually and get their happily ever after as well.
So, good dystopian premise, fantastic characters, and great romance-this book has all that. It was less than a one day read for me because it is a total page turner. By now the characters are like old friends and I am just catching up with all of them while reading-always a good thing!
I recommend it to all older young adult readers of science fiction romances, or just exciting romances. I also would recommend to adults that just enjoy a good read.
Just a heads up, these should be read in order.
The review copy of this book was purchased by the reviewer.
ABOUT CAMEO RENAE
Voted 2013 Break Out Author by Young Adult & Teen Readers, and 2013 Book of the Year (Hidden Wings).
Cameo Renae was born in San Francisco, raised in Maui, Hawaii, and recently moved with her husband and children to Alaska.
She’s a daydreamer, a caffeine and peppermint addict, loves to laugh, loves to read, and loves to escape reality. One of her greatest joys is creating fantasy worlds filled with adventure and romance, and sharing it with others.
One day she hopes to find her own magic wardrobe, and ride away on her magical unicorn. Until then…she’ll keep writing!
I keep hearing about this book. I really should read it.
If you decide to read the series, you should start with ARV-3, the first book in the series 🙂