Genre: Young Adult, Speculative
Published: June 16th 2015 by T.H. Hernandez
Heartbroken, grief-stricken, and wracked with guilt, seventeen-year-old Evan Taylor returned to the Union, leaving behind the boy she loved.
Now, she and her friends must find a way to do the impossible – warn the citizens of the Union about an impending rebel attack without alerting the government and risking retaliation against her friends in the Ruins.
When every move Evan makes is thwarted, it soon becomes clear she's being watched. Faced with a daily fight to stay one step ahead of her pursuers, she returns to the Ruins. But life in the Ruins has its own dangers, and soon she’s fighting a different battle – to stay alive long enough to discover the truth.
The Ruins is the second book in The Union Series by T.H. Hernandez. I received a reviewers copy of the 1st and 2nd book of the series when I joined the union tour back in February. click here to read The Union Review
I was really lucky that I had a copy of the 2nd installment of The Union Series when I finished The Union; to be honest I hate to wait for the next book in a series to come out and prefer to binge and read a whole series at a time when I can.
I was so happy to see the majority of the main characters were still around in The Ruins and that the chemistry between the characters was still there and had evolved into something a little more. I was so glad that Evan's character while still maintaining her impulsive and hotheaded nature was able to evolve into a truly interesting heroine.
In order to learn more about the uprising Evan and Colin join the ranks and infiltrate the uprising camp training with their soldiers trying to gain what little information they can use to take down Walker and his gang. Once they are in it will prove very difficult to get back out.
Like Evan I feel like the more information I get the more Information I feel like I'm missing, like I have the edge pieces to a puzzle but I am missing a major portion of the pieces and I can't quite get the picture to come together. I have come up with and dismissed so many theories through out this book I can't even begin to tell you.
I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a little more Cyrus in this book, I got sick of Bryce pretty quickly he was just one of those characters I didn't like but wasn't quite sure why. But was totally stoked when Cyrus made his way back in when it counted the most. I don't think I could have stood Bryce being the hero.
I think that even if you haven't read the first book you would be able to catch up fairly quickly and not be lost. This book will have you running a gamut of emotions from laughing out loud to yelling at your tablet screen; and highly recommend it to lovers of YA and distopian fiction.
I gave this book a 4 out of 5 star rating
Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, eighteen-year-old Evan Taylor must find a way to stop the Uprising, an underground movement committed to destroying the Union, before her homeland is attacked.
After spending the last four months in the Ruins trying to get back to the only girl he's ever loved, nineteen-year-old Cyrus needs to get past his jealousy over Evan's involvement with Bryce or risk losing her again.
Together, Evan and Cyrus join with their friends to devise a plan to save both the Ruins and the Union, but when the pressure’s on, bickering and infighting threaten to undermine their goals. New information revealing a weakness in the Uprising is uncovered, forcing them to act quickly or risk losing everything.
With the help of old friends and new allies they set out to make history, but it might just take a miracle for everyone to make it out alive.
The Uprising is the third installment in The Union Series. I was recently asked if I would like to review this book as I had recently taken part in the book tour for the first book in the series. I was glad there had only been a bout 3 weeks in between reading the first two and the third so I still had the characters and the premise of the book fresh in my head.
I have to say this was probably my favorite book in the series. The kids are getting so close to having all the puzzle pieces if they can just sort them all out so that the picture makes sense then they will really be able to make a difference.
I was so glad to have Cyrus back but once Bryce stepped back into the story, Cyrus becomes distant and annoying. I was so agitated by the couples constant fighting and jealous mood swings, I was tempted to throw my tablet at the wall a couple of times Evan and Cyrus waste so much time not communicating or being petty and stupid that they are about to miss out on something truly special.
Armed finally with enough intel the kids band together to really hurt the uprising where it counts and hopefully take down the organization but in order to do that they are going to have to split into teams and strike at the same time.
I was so glad to see that the author didn't gloss over the fact that lives were lost and that children were responsible for taking the life of another child. Most YA novel gloss over the fact that the hero/heroine in the story just do what needs to be done without any real ramifications to those actions. So while I felt bad for Evan I was glad that Hernandez gave her panic attacks and PTSD I think its really responsible to show that there are real consequences to action like that. I felt like it really humanized Evans character like nothing else.
While I see that the cover of The Uprising says its the final book in The Union Series the end had me raring to go for a next installment, there are a lot of loose ends to tie up and the ending had me wired. Which to be honest is not a good thing at 1:30 am ( thankfully the hubby is away on business ). It lends itself perfectly for a fourth book and I am sure that fans of the series would agree with me that seriously we want to know what happens next.
This is a great series and I really recommend it to YA and Distopian Lovers
I gave this book a 4.5 out of 5 star rating.