Baalboden has been ravaged. The brutal Commander’s whereabouts are unknown. And Rachel, grief stricken over her father’s death, needs Logan more than ever. With their ragged group of survivors struggling to forge a future, it’s up to Logan to become the leader they need—with Rachel by his side. Under constant threat from rival Carrington’s army, who is after the device that controls the Cursed One, the group decides to abandon the ruins of their home and take their chances in the Wasteland.
But soon their problems intensify tenfold: someone—possibly inside their ranks—is sabotaging the survivors, picking them off one by one. The chaos and uncertainty of each day puts unbearable strain on Rachel and Logan, and it isn’t long before they feel their love splintering. Even worse, as it becomes clear that the Commander will stop at nothing to destroy them, the band of survivors begins to question whether the price of freedom may be too great—and whether, hunted by their enemies and the murderous traitor in their midst, they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.
In this daring sequel to Defiance, with the world they once loved forever destroyed, Rachel and Logan must decide between a life on the run and standing their ground to fight.
It took me a while to get through this one because I just wasn’t interested. And another thing, I don’t really get what kind of book this is. It’s a post-apocalyptic book, but feels like a fantasy. The references to what used to be the U. S. honestly felt forced to me, I think if it was just all out fantasy it would have been better.
I wasn’t a huge fan of Rachel in the first one, but I warmed up to her, especially as she softened with Logan’s presence. However, her steep decline into vengeance obsessed, selfish, and reckless Rachel started turning me off to her towards the end of the first book. Well, it only gets worse in this one.
One of the reviews I read on goodreads pretty much summed it up when they said that all the talk of silence and vengeance and emptiness pushed me to the point of skimming a lot of her POV chapters. The only time I like her is when she’s with Logan, and I hate that she has to have a guy to be likable. I get she lost people she loved and became someone capable of killing, but seriously, move on! It just got so repetitive that I lost all sympathy for her and kind of dreaded her chapters.
Logan was great though. He grows up so much in this one and does an excellent job at balancing his responsibilities with his desires, but still struggles emotionally with all he has been tasked with. He’s such a level-headed guy and one with all the right intentions that it’s hard not to love him. Even when his analytical-extreme mind sometimes seem to war with the complex emotions he shows.
The last 50 pages of this book were fanatic, there are twists, there are revelations, and there are huge leaps in character development. But all the irritation, boredom, and Rachel with her issues almost made it not worth it for me. If the book didn’t end on such a great note, and Logan wasn’t awesome, I wouldn’t be finishing the series.