Series: Taken, #2
Author: Erin Bowman
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Published: April 15, 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopia, Adventure
Source: MeL Cat
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The Heists were only the beginning.
Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.
Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…
While I was not a fan of the first book, Taken, I decided to give the series another chance by reading the sequel. Sadly, this second chance did not make me like the series, mostly Gray, any better. And I feel bad for not liking it. I loved Vengeance Road, so I wanted to love Erin Bowman's debut trilogy. I wanted to gush about her and say that I loved all of her work, but sadly I can't.
As I said in my review for the first book, my biggest issue was Gray. He's just so... unlikable. I get that he's supposed to be an impulsive teenage boy, but he's not impulsive. He's just plan rude and cruel. He disregards others feelings. He only seems to care about himself. He also doesn't look at the long-term. He only seems to care about what will benefit him in the sort-term.
He's still just as bad when it comes to the love triangle. He seems to think that he can show interest in whichever girl is convenient for him. But once something happens to the relationship with that girl, he skips over to the other girl and seems to think that she'll drop everything to pay attention to him. He disregards their feelings and doesn't treat them like they should be.
I still found the plot interesting, even if there were events that were predictable. Gray, Emma, and everyone else go on a journey to the town where Group A, one of five communities separated from the rest of the world, is located in hopes of finding allies. It was nice to learn more about the history of how everything happened. It made up a little bit for my dislike of the main character.
Overall, I was disappointed by this sequel as well. Main characters are incredibly important, and this character made me not enjoy this book. As I said after reading the first book, I hope the next one is better. Third time's a charm?