Author: C. B. Stone
Genre: YA Dsytopia
Length: 171 Pages (Kindle)
Publication: December 2014
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Sinna has decided that the only way to help Alex and Jasper get home and rescue her father is to become their prisoner and have the two return her to Rehabilitation. She refuses to consider taking Jacob. When the three leave the Garden-the city among the ruins where believers dwell-Sinna doesn't know if she'll ever make it back. She doesn't know if she'll ever see Jacob, but she has to take the risk. Because she also left Samantha behind and they will have to rescue her too.
One of the things I continue to like about this series is their length. Stone doesn't use a lot of filler just to bulk up the story. She gets straight to the point and keeps it there. They are super fast to read, with a well developed plot.
This novel was a nice conclusion to the story, but left me with just a few problems. Many of the events toward the end of the novel are not explained very thoroughly. Since we are inside Sinna's head we aren't privy to much of the information that would have been necessary for many of these events. I do think their should have been some more explanation in the end as to exactly how things were working and where the characters were headed.
I wish there had been some closure with Miriam as well. She was only in Rehabilitation briefly, but I would have liked some more about her to pop up here.
I do like the fact that Stone started to show both sides of the story here. Sinna started to realize that neither side of the argument was completely right or wrong. Many of the Elite soldiers believed in their cause. It wasn't something they were forced into, but they actually believed in what they were doing. I thought this was a brilliant touch since so many novels in this genre ignore this. It's just like the people on the other side are automatically wrong or forced/brainwashed. It's always been something that bothers me.
I don't want to give too much detail into what happens in this story because I don't want to ruin the story for anyone. If you've enjoyed the first two novels, you will likely enjoy this one. It's definitely worth the time it takes to read and Stone has a nice writing style.
I do think that Stone would do well to consider continuing on with these stories. Perhaps not by writing more novels, but by taking and expanding on these shorter ones. There is definitely a lot more material that could be developed into a longer novel. The society and people could be explored more deeply. It would definitely be something I would re-read as a longer, more in depth series. I've heard of other authors doing similar things in the past. And after getting all the feedback from readers now it could be expanded in the next few years to be a longer, deeper story.
Whether she writes any more about Sinna or leaves this story behind to explore a new one, I look forward to reading more of C.B. Stone's work in the future.
Happy New Year and good luck with all of your reading goals!