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Olivia has been on the run from the government of Cabal since the marriage ceremony. Finally settling in and finding herself a place to call home, in Shadow, Olivia and Joshua are preparing for the uprising that they and the rebel alliance have been planning for months.
With new abilities and special talents, from Mindonsiphan, Olivia learns that she can do more than most ordinary eighteen year olds. Learning both to hide and perfect her skills will be one of the biggest challenges that she will be forced to face.
A constant rollercoaster of emotion and adventure await Olivia and Joshua, as they embark on a journey to the rebel city of Torv, and what was once home, Genesis.
I have been waiting for this one since I finished Aberrant a few months ago, and this did not disappoint, I think I actually enjoyed it more than the first, which is always a great surprise. I was ecstatic when Ruth contacted me about being on this tour, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I get accepted in to the tour for book three as well (*cough* Ruth! *cough* lol) as she is one of those EVIL authors who like to put major cliffhangers at the end of their books, which I love and hate all at the same time!
I loved all the action in this book, it started off right at the beginning, and carried on through the whole thing. I didn't know at some points who Olivia and Joshua could trust and who they couldn't because of how Olivia is special and how everyone keeps telling her that, it seemed like they would all try to take her or something. We are introduced to new characters and new cities in this part of the series, and I have to say that I thought that Ruth's world building was fantastic, I was able to imagine everything in my head and follow along without anything getting to be too much or confusing. I just hope that the world never turns in to this one in my lifetime, it is a bleak and dark place that will make you appreciate all the colour around you everywhere you look, especially outside.
I think my favourite part of this book though was watching the relationship between Olivia and Joshua grow, it was very well written, and so innocent which is refreshing to read. There have been a lot of books that I have read lately where it seems that the teenagers are put in to serious relationships and things are taken to the next level, when it does not seem like they are mature enough for it. Mind you Olivia and Joshua do have to grow up in the way that they are on their own with only each other to count on, but they understand that they have a lot of growing up to do still before they start that sexual part of their lives and risk the consequences that could arise from that, and I think we need more books like these for teenagers to read.
I will be honest and say that dystopian is not one of my top genres to read about, but I am really excited for this series, and I am honoured that I get to be one of the many people that is able to spread the word for Ruth and get more people reading it! A 5/5 from me, and I am impatiently awaiting the third installment! If you like this genre even a little bit, give this series a try, I promise you will not be disappointed, and if you have read it, please leave me a comment and let me know what you thought about it, I would love to have someone to chat with about it.