Em returns to Austin Valley, but there are many things that don't add up about her homecoming. She's left Rogue behind and is adamant that Dr. Parker must leave the Valley with her. Zack agrees to help her but soon learns she's not telling the whole truth when Rogue comes storming back. With the threesome reunited, they work on a plan to stop the Defect crisis. Their plan places all of them at risk, but Em knows they have no other choice. Hundreds of kids are being injected with poison every day, and Nona, her sister, is one of them. Em Fuller has one mission and will stop at nothing to achieve it: Bring the government of Austin Valley down.
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A brilliant, heartbreaking sequel to Defects. There is so much to say about this story I really don't know where to start. This audiobook tore my heart out and left it bleeding on the ground, both the writing and the narration portrayed perfectly the emotions felt by the characters, be it fear, sorrow, regret or acceptance of the inevitable. It not only made me cry once, but twice! The fight to overthrow Vider and stop the Defect conversation program continues to feature prominently in the storyline, it is suspenseful and action packed, but for me it is the relationships of the character that made this book standout. The characterization is excellent and the surprising and devastating twist at the end of the book leaves you breathless. As the story progresses you can not help but become even more invested in these characters lives, empathizing and associating with them. I love Nona's intelligence and humour, Ren's sarcasm, Zack's willingness to sacrifice and put his friends needs first, and of course, Em and Rouge's love. Their relationship is not a flash in the pan romance, as in most YA books, but rather it is one based on long term friendship and respect. You feel for them and want then to beat Vider, have a HEA and live out their lives in that little cottage in the woods. The complicated and often dysfunctional family relationships also adds depth to the book, Em's Farther and her sister, Dee, continue to become darker characters, betraying and manipulating at every turn. Rogues abusive farther, Vider, persists in his quest for power and in his need to destroy those who could challenge him, including Em and Rogue. On the other hand there is Tutu, Nona and, to some degree, Ren who are willing to put themselves at risk in order to support/help Em and Rogue. Rebels is a suspenseful and heart wrenching read with a great plot, surprising twists and a very well chosen narrator that is able to bring the characters to life and give them individual personalities. I can not wait for the next in the series. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I'm a big fan of Whispersync! My favorite genre is fantasy, YA and adult, but I'll occasionally listen to/read NA romance or space opera.
*****The author gave me a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review****
Wow. Don't start listening to this audio book series if you have anything to do that day. The story just consumed me. While this audio book didn't have as epic of a storyline as the last book in scope, it hit me much more emotionally. I mean, the whole book was more emotional for me not just THAT ENDING.
The last book left off with Em and Rogue fleeing to live in a little house away from Austin valley. They left Zack and Em's sister behind to start the revolution. Em returns determined to find a solution as she sees Rogue's health is getting worse and he refuses to go see doctor Parker. Em is both determined to solve the mystery of Rogue's failing heath and to help Zack and her sister jumpstart the revolution.
There are some really interesting scenes with Zack and Em and I am very excited to see where their relationship goes. The full cast was there and there were some pretty awesome moments with Em's sisters. I like the setup the author is making between the sisters.
In short, if you like YA dystopia you shouldn't miss this series!
This sequel had me anxious and anticipatory. The author does an excellent job at building the story and keeping you interested in what happens next to each character, especially Rogue. And, good vs. evil is effectively done here – I can’t stand the Austin Valley leaders. But there is a seriously sad side to this sequel that fuels the continuation of the story and the hope for retribution. The narrator, Elizabeth Klett, continues to do an excellent job with the characters and helps make the story entertaining and easy to listen to. I’m on to Warriors!!
It's been 3 months since M has escaped the Reverian city with Rogue and left her friends and family behind. 3 months since she learned of her father's part of the president's plot to make a race of defects. Her life with Rogue has been wonderful, but his illness has been getting worse, so M has to take a chance and go back to Austin Valley to get help...but is that all that she will be getting. The rebellion of the defects is building momentum and M may be caught up in the storm.
This is the second novel in the Reverian Series, and if possible it even exceeds the first in quality. Sarah has penned a riveting story with unique characters that reach out to capture you. The unexpected ending surprised and choked me up. I'm looking forward to the next book with anticipation and impatience for my next opportunity to start reading.
This book was fantastic! I have to admit that I was skeptical before I read it. I was afraid that maybe like many in its position this book would fall into the middle of the trilogy book slump because the first was so good but boy was I wrong! This book was just as exciting, action packed and emotional as the first. I absolutely loved it. I devoured it. The the plot is fast moving always handing you new twists and turns. There is action, adventure and even some romance. It's pretty much all you could want in a book.
As I said in my review for Defects the characters as very likable and relatable. Em has been turned into an outcast by her father and president Vider and yes she's a bit bitter but she's a good person and she even has a sense of humor. What I like about her is that she wants to help the people of Austin Valley. She wants justice. She won't let the fact that it's just her and a few other people rebelling stop her.
Rogue is amazing. He's a guy any girl would be happy to have by her side. He's resourceful, rugged and level headed. He is the rational counterpart to Em's emotional one. He also loves Em with all his heart.
Zach is Em's best friend. He's also their man on the inside. He's remained in Austin Valley and along with Em's sister he is the eyes and ears for their rebellion. Though emotionally involved he is able to continue to act as a spy and be detached enough to remain effective. He wants to help the people of Austin Valley and do what he can to assist Em and Rogue.
Nona, Em's sister has a larger part in this book which I like. She is brave and fights for what she believes in as Em does.
This book had a lot going on. Em and her friends have decided to officially start a rebellion. With the help of Parker, the doctor in the labs, and Ren, Em's uncle, many new discoveries are made. There is a ton of action and a bit of romance. This installment in the series is an excellent segue to the final book. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next but will be sad to have the series end.
As with the first book the narrator fits the story and does an excellent job. She does an excellent job of portraying Em's emotions and often sweeps you up in her enthusiasm. She brings the characters to life.
I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for gifting me a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are unbiased and my own.
Seriously have no had a book break my heart in the end like this one has in a really long time. It was beautifully written, even thought the tragedy of what happened,I think Em is going to be the leader she was always suppose to be for the rebels. It was a great read, I enjoyed every minute of it!!!
Rebels is book two in the Revarians series. In this book, M and Rouge are in hiding, while Zach, Nona, and a few other allies are still living among the Revarians gathering intelligence for a brewing war.
There were definite moments of heartache in this book, and I would dare even say the second book is better than the first.
While book one was about M discovering her world isn't at all what she's always been lead to believe it was, book two is about the cost of knowing that, the courage of owning up to it , and deciding what to do about it.
Elizabeth Klett does a wonderful job as narrator, and Sarah Noffke is a talented writer. Together they carried me into another world where having a "gift" carries its own burdens, and characters are tested. The book made me think about character, and how crisis reveals a lot about who we really are. I don't think the real world would have so many people in it who are so brave and true, but seeing them band together in this book is inspiring. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in book 3!
(I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.)
After the head-butting-against-the-wall feeling the first installment left me with, Rebels didn’t have that much more shock value. (And this is in no way a negative thing. It made me feel the way I do after a really good debate with my hubby.)
I mean, you know that Em’s family is crap (although there is one minute in there where I wanted to slap Dee in the face), you know Ren is an ass, you know the love between the three, Rogue, Em and Zack. So this part of the story isn’t going to surprise you…too much.
So it’s not the content, so much as the fluid, feminine writing that kept me going. I didn’t even realize I was nearing the ending until the very last few moments. Then I was…oh, there it is.
Unfortunately, it is a strategic place to end this second installment, and it really drives home the fact that you HAVE to read the next one.
I just want to see the justice for the sadistic, power-hungry monsters. I want to hear their final words and KNOW that’s the end for them.
I have to say, normally I cannot stand books that end this way. Normally, I would think, ah, another one and toss it aside never to revisit that world ever again. However, this one, this one, dear readers…. Noffke just reaches out and grabs you with her turns of phrase, her almost, but not quite, purple prose. And I all can think about is the content, the unfairness of this world.
I’ve pushed aside every comparison to any other dystopia I’ve read and studied, because the tropes are there, people. I’ve set aside disbelief (Thank you, Mr. Cameron Jace, for teaching me that) I just enjoyed the story. I haven’t don’t that in a while, and it is completely refreshing to fall into a book like I haven’t since, The Merchant Adventurer.
Once more, I didn’t look at reviews for this one until I finished. I’m very hard pressed to find less than three stars. In fact, out of 37 on Amazon (as of today) 95% are 5 stars. So that has to tell you something prospective readers.
The only complaint I ran across is something like, too much romance, or repetitive romantic descriptions. But, if you’ve read/listened to the first book, you know that is a character flaw of the MC narrating the story. That’s her focus. Therefore, there’s less strategy and more heart-tugging. Sometimes you’re just in the mood for that. Sometimes, you don’t want your head throbbing with the overabundance of people talking about and repeating the plan, or laying out the consequences for you when you understand that on your own.
Here’ my recommendation: Buy all three at once. You will not be satisfied any other way. If you only read one trilogy in Noffke’s dreamwalking world, make it this one and just buy them all at once.
P. S. Elizabeth Klett is Em. She is the perfect narrator for this character.
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