Every high school has it's social elite; the football players and cheerleaders...you know, the popular crowd. At Butler High, Jack Barely was as close to the top as they came. Captain of the swim team, great hair, and abs that most would die for. However, that was all before the Leeches attacked, taking away everything: his popularity, his house, his grandmother, and even his best friend, Caleo, whom he secretly loved. Now, living in a destroyed world, popularity means nothing as Jack struggles just to keep him and his twin sister, Jillian, alive. With attacks happening more frequently, Jack starts to wonder why they are even bothering to try and hold onto the past when it just reminds him of all they have lost. Just when he has given up hope, Jack hears a rumor that Caleo is still alive and sets out on a mission to find him. But will Jack make it to finally tell Caleo how he really feels?
©2014 Anthony Crawford (P)2014 Anthony Crawford
I enjoyed this story very much. Perhaps not as good as the first one, but I was engaged enough to care about the primary characters. This story is from Jack's perspective and his regrets and though they were realistic, they did drag just a bit. I wasn't real sure why he was still having such a hard time just stating that he was gay. Another point (spoiler beyond) is I am not sure if there was something missing in the audio version or if the author just neglected to follow through but when Jack was locked up, the expanse of time just happened, which made no sense. Then the reunion between Jack and Caleo was a bit contrived but bearable, I really enjoyed this book. My biggest complaint...the ending sucked...I understand the need for a cliffhanger if there is another book in the series but I do not think that the death was really necessary (being vague as to not spoil). Also, the third part was promised in 2014 and it still hasn't been released, which is disappointing although I know that life happens to authors as well as to their characters...I was just a bit disappointed. All-in-all, a good book that I would recommend...of course you must start with Caleo first...
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