December 5, 2013

Review: Into The Fire by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue

Into The Fire by Lindsey Fairleigh & Lindsey Pogue
Series: The Ending #2
Publisher: L2 Books
Source: Netgalley
ISBN: 9780988715431
Release Date: November 22, 2013
Pages: 356

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The Virus changed them, but that was only the beginning…
…all that remains is hope.

In the wake of destruction left behind by the Virus, it took Dani and Zoe months to find each other. But their reunion was short-lived. Dani has been taken, and though little distance separates them, they might as well be worlds apart.

From the moment she hears Dani’s scream, Zoe’s only goal is to save her best friend. She and her companions scramble to come up with a rescue plan, but when a ghost from Jake’s past reappears, lines are blurred, decisions become harder, and secrets are revealed…and some secrets are best left buried. To keep heartache and fear from consuming her, Zoe must cling to her determination. She WILL see Dani again.

Dani awakens inside the final hold-out of civilization: the Colony. Remnants of the former world surround her—electricity, safety, social order—but all is not what it seems. As she faces her most manipulative adversary yet, she loses sight of who she is and who she can trust. Friends become enemies, enemies become allies, and allies will betray her. Dani will have to decide what she’s willing to do and whose lives she’s willing to risk if she is to have any chance of breaking free.

Earlier this year I read After The Ending, which I loved. I was pretty excited for the release of the second book, as the first ended with a major cliffhanger! I was confused at the beginning of the book because I have a hard time remember details of past books, and this series has a lot of characters to keep straight. I couldn’t remember who was who between Jason, Jake, and Jack, (and yes one turns out to be an actual dog)!

Into The Fire picks up where the previous book left off with Dani being kidnapped and taken to the Colony. Right away there are secrets about the past and why Dani was taken. The pacing of this book was perfect because it wasn’t too slow or too fast, but you never wanted to put the book down because new information was slowly being shown to you in each chapter.

The Colony is being run by General Herodson. I hated the General. He is sadistic and evil. His “projects” goes against human rights and were despicable. I know it was only a matter of time before we came across a breeding program. When the Earth’s population is decimated to almost extinction you could see how one would think that might be a good idea, but is it? We only see a peek of this program, but I feel like there will be more of it in future books. The General is a formidable foe. His ability allows him to control hundreds (if not thousands) of people to do his bidding. There is no going against the General. Either you do as he says, die, or become a mindless soldier under his spell.

This book was slightly lighter on the romance than the previous one. I felt like the authors were building love triangles for both Dani and Zoe. That’s the part I didn’t like. I like Dani and Jason. They make sense and it was hard to see them apart. I’m uncertain about Zoe and Jake. I feel like their relationship was more of a physical one than emotional, where Dani and Jason have both. Hopeful that was the end to these triangles, because I feel like the books are strong enough without that added to it.

We finally get some answers about how the virus happened and why everyone has developed abilities. Even with all the answers we have new questions and new secrets to wonder about. You also see how so many characters are connected between the Colony and the camp.

Even though it was around the same size as the previous book I think Into The Fire flowed better, and now I can’t wait for the third and fourth book!

My Rating:

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