Author: Elizabeth Richards
Series: (Black City #2)
Published: June 4th 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Categories: Post-Apocalyptic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis: Ash and Natalie are just starting to build a life together when things in the United Sentry States go from bad to worse. Ash and Natalie find themselves at the center of turmoil when dictator Purian Rose threatens Natalie’s life unless Ash votes in favor of Rose’s Law—a law that will send Darklings and other dissenters to a deadly concentration camp known as the Tenth.
When Ash can’t bring himself to trade Natalie’s life for those of millions of Darklings, her fate is sealed. Enter Elijah Theroux, the handsome Bastet boy Natalie once saved from her mother’s labs, where he’d been experimented on and tortured. It was his venom the Sentry used to create the lethal Golden Haze, the heart of the government conspiracy that led to Black City’s uprising and Ash’s rebirth as the Phoenix, the face of the rebellion. Elijah is back and Ash doesn’t like him; it’s clear he’s taken with Natalie, and Ash fears she may have feelings for him as well.
But Elijah also may have the answer to taking down Purian Rose for good—a powerful weapon called the Ora. Ash, Natalie and Elijah just have to escape Black City undetected to find it. But fleeing the city and finding this weapon (if it even exists) are easier said than done, and the quest could tear Ash and Natalie apart, even pushing them into the arms of others.
This enthralling sequel to Black City is just as absorbing, delicious and steamy as the first book, leaving readers hungry for the series conclusion.
Review: I’m still wondering until now what I really liked about the story. Like I said before it was hardly riveting. But the entertainment factor is there, undeniably so. And just like Ash’s anticlimactic resurrection at the end of Black City, I was miraculously interested with the development of the story. I don’t know but this is those series that I ended up reading, enjoying it even regardless of the merits and faults it has.
There wasn’t a significant character development between Ash and Natalie. Although the infuriating feeling has simmered down just a bit; they still managed to annoy me in some instances (mostly Natalie). Particularly the inclusion of one of the most dreaded plot device—the love triangle (if it is done right, I like it). Now let me describe it a bit just in case you want to stay away from it or tolerate it ‘til the bitter end. Elijah Theroux is the Bastet that once was saved by Natalie from her own mother’s laboratory. He bore information that will be beneficial to them, mostly with passing of the Rose’s Law. He will help them and they will help him find his mother. With them mutually agreeing to the terms they head out for their plans.
Elijah’s presence wasn’t really contrived as I thought he’ll be. Some may think so, but not to me, no. He does have a total significance to the plan, I think. I just think it will be better if he was developed completely as an ally rather than another guy vying for Natalie’s affection. I think it would be better it the plot just strengthens Ash and Natalie’s relationship rather complicating it for the sake of, well, complications. I did end up liking him more than I thought I’ll be. He was charming in some weird way. And I would like if he remained the flirty friend and not someone who will have a hopeless romance because the girl isn’t (and will never be) available.
Ah, what can I say about Natalie. I did think she matured, just a tiny bit. She’s still weighing them down in some occasions. And instead of being truthful to Ash about her health condition she opted to mess with his head by letting him think that there was something going on between Elijah and her. Damn, wrong move, girl. I wish if the story said that the romance was strong they should show it. He would be upset, yes, that’s true, but if she prolonged it and he found out too late, he will suffer more than what she’s saving him from. And Ash? I don’t know sometimes I don’t get him. I don’t like this all dominant guy attitude but at the same time I understand because that it is his character. He sometimes came off rather cocky. Then there were times that I totally root for this guy. I’m hopelessly conflicted as you can see.
The plot wasn’t solid for me and it looked like I focused more on the romance. I just love to see how the triangle played out, lol. Natalie was unwillingly under custody and had met someone she very well knew (related to her). Ash is now trying to find ways to look for them. So yes, there are few things I’m looking forward to. Some interesting twist in there I’m curious about. So all in all I did enjoy the ride. Rough, but still enjoyable.
Preview Quote: “I don’t think I’m going to survive this war. I may have risen from the ashes like a phoenix, but like the mythical bird, I know my fate is to die in flames.” — Ash