Book 2, Extraction Series
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It's been seven days since Clementine, Logan, and their allies retreated into hiding on the Surface. Clementine feels almost safe in their company, but she knows it won't last. The rebels may have won one fight against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from over. He will find a way to fly his Core battleship to the nearby planet, Marden, no matter how many lives are lost in the process. Unless the rebels defeat him first. The plan is simple: they will infiltrate each sector and weaken his infrastructure from within his ranks. They will convince the underage workers in the camps to join in the uprising. They will hijack ships, enter the Core, and assassinate Charlie. But Charlie has more weapons in his possession than guns and bombs, and he will do whatever it takes to keep the rebels from ruining his plans. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan and everyone she cares about—and losing control of herself.
Who really controls your thoughts?
“When I close my eyes, I see the explosion.” And with that, we return to the toxic moon Kiel from Extraction (Book one of Stephanie Diaz’ trilogy). As Rebellion (book two) opens, Clementine, Logan, and the insurgents have survived the detonation but not the war, They continue to race the clock to thwart Commander Charlie’s quest to overtake the nearby planet Marden. Their plan will force them to return to Kiel’s Core, where he controls his minions with mind-altering injections. Page after page, you’ll wonder how Kiel hasn’t already imploded from its own evil force fields. 4+
Fantastic blend of dystopian & sci-fi!
REBELLION by Stephanie Diaz is a fantastic blend of dystopian and sci-fi. Think Ender’s Game meets Divergent/Hunger Games. REBELLION picks up pretty much right after the events of the first book and follows Clem & Logan as they join forces with a group of rebels set on overthrowing Commander Charie/freeing the human race. Thanks to the amount of world-building the author did in the first novel, we were able to delve much deeper into the action and character development the time around.
Stephanie Diaz is a gifted writer. I found myself fully invested emotionally. Clem’s PTSD is absolutely heartbreaking, yet fascinating to observe how much this affects her behaviors. I enjoyed getting to know Logan a bit more, as well as seeing his relationship with Clem grow. Just when I thought I had the next plot point figured out, the author would throw in some kind of twist that left me gaping at the page. This book is a total page turner, with one hell of an ending! Can’t wait to read the final book in the series!
Note: I received a FREE ARC (advanced reader copy) from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.