Series: #3 Shock Me
Genres: YA Romantic Suspense, YA Sci-Fi Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on April 14, 2015
Source: Book Tour Provided
This series has me worked up to a fever pitch just before each new installment releases, then I charge through the latest offering, and afterwards, I’m back to high anticipation for what is going to happen next. Collide was no exception. The last book ended with me sitting there with my mouth open in shock and nearly three hundred new pages later, I was right back where I started. I would definitely describe these as cliffhangers that I love to hate. With that, I should make it clear that this series is not to be read out of order. It’s like one story broken into several volumes.
I find it tough to summarize without spoilers both for the current book and the series when a story is like this, but I’ll give it a try.
Donna was in a really tight spot when the last book ended and is still there when this one begins. She has come a long way accepting her gift and having her eyes opened to some of the stuff going on around her, but stuff keeps getting bigger and more out of control. Learning about her gift, the secret behind the power plant and the Applegate’s hold on the community, the terrifying government agency out to capture and put down all her kind, grief for losses, frustration and anger over all the stuff out of her power including the knowledge that there are some dangerous gifted baddies running loose, fear over keeping her secrets especially as the hunt is on for the gifted human interfering with Mr. Applegate’s plans, keeping her family and friends safe and then there is the guy who claims to be her long lost brother that she wants to hate for surviving and never coming back. What is going on with Ryan the way he is suddenly not ignoring her after the last few years of treating her like dirt? Slowly her list of allies is whittled down so that its just her and Rebecca in the trust column and she is forced to trust her enemies to protect the town from an even worse threat. Can it get any worse? Oh course it can!
I made a comment in my first review that I thought nothing is what it seems and there was a whole lot more going on that hadn’t been revealed yet or similar words to that effect. I’ve seen just how right I was, but the thing is, I’m well aware that there is a powerful lot more to come.
This book was a transition book through and through. I was aware of this when I started. It did the job of continuing and affirming existing storylines, teasing out a few more new intrigues and leaving stuff at a frustrating and ominous place. This series spreads wide with its many narrations and plot lines going on so each of these middle books are doing the job of plunging the depths and bringing along the development in characters and relationships. Because of all the plot threads, this book didn’t advance far, but it didn’t lack for significant events either.
There are so many lead characters and their first person narrated stories entwine and separate frequently. Donna is the center of it all, but even then, hers was a softer presence in this book bringing others into the light. Ryan, Randy, Lynn, David, and Rebecca along with Saul all have significant page time sharing the narration. It kept me on my toes following the shifts, but I didn’t mind. I love each plot thread and enjoy getting them teased out. Each person locks together with the others as pieces in a puzzle. I love the twisting turns and suspense of this one and absolutely salivate for more.
As to relationships, it’s like looking through a Kaleidoscope with constantly shifting pictures. The relationship between Donna and Ryan goes forward and then back. They are keeping some heavy secrets from each other and fall on opposite sides of the line right now even if ultimately they are fighting for the same end. It’s hard to see where life’s circumstances are taking them because I want them to catch a break. As to Randy, my heart just breaks for this guy who sees things so clearly, but is trapped by his dad’s ambition.
Anyhoo, this is definitely YA at its best blending Sci-Fi with Romantic Suspense. There’s some violence, but no sex in this segment. For those who enjoy super-humans or gifted humans as characters and twisty conspiracy plots, this might be a good match for you.
My thanks to Barclay Publicity for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.