Juliane’s woken to a post-apocalyptic world with no memory of the days leading up to her time in cryogenic suspension. Plagued by guilt, Stephen longs to sleep without being haunted by the faces of those he’s lost. Both are seeking more than answers.
Meanwhile, the defeat of the Watch has created an opportunity for a new world order to step in and take power. On one side, are the Sorcerers, a group of super-humans whose telepathic-like abilities and control over their bodies comes at a terrible price. On the other–an elite squad of genetically modified individuals who are now more beast than man.
Juliane is on a mission to reclaim her legacy.
Stephen is out to save his soul.
Can either stop the upcoming war before it destroys what’s left of humankind? In this struggle for survival of the fittest, they may have to find a way to save themselves first.
Over two years have passed since I read book two of this series, so I was a little lost in the first few chapters while trying to remember the characters and their relationships to each other. Once I finished the book, I discovered a character list that would have helped immensely. Readers – it pays to scan the table of contents first and save yourself some confusion.
Being fascinated by genetic engineering, I’ve enjoyed the premise of this series from the first book. With a big cliffhanger at the end of book two, I was anxious to see what became of this world and these characters. With most of them separated, the rotating POVs allowed me to see each of their journeys – especially Stephen’s. In book two, he’s a naive teen aching for adventure who gets more than he bargains for and learns some unsettling truths about himself. Although still a somewhat awkward teen, a lot is riding on him, and he’s put into some difficult positions. His character arc is one of my favorite things about this series. Juliane’s journey is no less compelling – she’s truly on a mission to set things right. Another character’s actions surprised me a bit, and I doubted his motivations, but it works for the story. This is a fitting ending to this story.
With a fascinating premise, creative world-building, and well-drawn characters, this is a series I’d recommend to sci-fi cyberpunk fans.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.