It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.
Make me a girl with a razor heart…
It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.
The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.
And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.
With the first book in the series being a 5 star read for me last year, I was anxious to see where the second book took these girls.
I was glad to see Mena and the girls taking control of their own lives and getting out into the world. Although they receive assistance from someone, believe me – they’ve got an uphill battle in trying to locate the investor. Initially, I thought the actions of the men they encounter – especially at the private school – to be over the top and just too much, but the reasons for this soon became clear. And it’s infuriating. Female readers will definitely feel a rise in their blood pressure. Other than Jackson and Quentin, the nice guys in this story are few and far between.
Something I missed, and this is because I’m a sci-fi geek, is more about how the girls were created. A little more background is revealed, but I’d love to delve more into that aspect. Pacing was a bit off for me with a big lull in the middle, but the last 20% really picks up. By the end, Mena and the girls seems to be caught between one extreme and another.
As with the first book, this one also offers some exciting twists and unexpected turns, and I’ll absolutely be reading the next book in the series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.