Monday, July 1, 2013

Mark This Book Monday: ARC review of Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu!

Hello everyone!

I'm back to blogging today after a great short weekend on Bombay (or Mumbai as it should be in Hindi) to celebrate G's grandmom's birthday, with family time and also time to hang out with G's cousins and go out clubbing with them on Saturday night! Which funnily enough, after 6  years it was my first experience of clubbing in India!

For today's first Mark This Book Monday is gonna be a review of the final book on a trilogy and it comes out tomorrow, July 2nd!

Shutdown by Heather Anastasiu.

I was lucky to get an ARC of this book to review via NetGalley, and since I was still reading Glitch at the time, I was lucky enough to be able to read the full trilogy in the span of a week.

This review will probably contain some spoilers for book 1 and book 2, but I don't think I could give a proper review to this book without referencing back to the previous books and events on them. There might be some spoiler for book 3 itself.

Zoe has not only joined the Resistance, but was appointed leader of her faction and after a failed attempt at killing the Chancellor to free Adrien, who was captured and used against the Resistance, using his visions to capture the rebels and foil their plans.

The book starts with an attempt by the Resistance to free the population from the Link, with Zoe and Max (working to help the Resistance as a prisoner with some leeway due to his particular Gift) infiltrating one of the cities. With the mission's failure and the Resistance being hunted down more harshly than ever before by the newly appointed Supreme Chancellor of the sector and old enemy.

Zoe's gift continues to be out of control, and growing stronger than ever and dealing with Adrien's damaged brain and his lack of emotional response to her only makes it all worse. Her lack of control leads to their sanctuary being discovered, and Zoe's group being split on trying to run to their safe place. She and Adrien scape together and they must make it to the rendezvous point with extremely limited resources which pushes Zoe to use and control her gift on unexpected and unique ways.

This trilogy started with a rather unique and disquieting premise, and each book continues to build upon the previous one, with each book getting better and the characters and their relationships getting more complex.

The love triangle was established in book 1, was also resolved in book 1, and despite Max trying to get Zoe to listen to him and give him a chance, she continues to fight for Adrien and their relationship, though this special link does play a big part on the events at the end of this book.

This book is the best one of the trilogy, and I will give it 3 and a half stars if not 4 stars, with a very tough ending but a very satisfying one, with a emphasis on redemption and the freedom of choice.

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