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Series: Isolation #2
Also in this series: Omen Operation, Legacy Strain
Published by Limitless Publishing LLC on November 1st 2016
Genres: Science fiction, Suspense
Source: ARC from publisher
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Brooklyn Harper’s worst nightmare has become her reality. She has been captured by Isolation…
Trapped in a white-walled labyrinth by Juneau Malloy, Brooklyn is faced with the horrors of Isolation’s finest training yet. The skills she learned as an Omen Operative in Camp Number Eleven are put to the test in the form of brutal assessments of her strength, skills, and fortitude. Confused and disheartened, Brooklyn and the group of renegade Omens prepare for whatever trials Isolation has in store for them.
Juneau has caged her once again, but Brooklyn is far from broken…
When Brooklyn finds out her best friend Gabriel is alive, she goes on a violent rampage in search of her, but instead earns herself a stint in solitary confinement. Juneau attempts to tame Brooklyn through grueling exercises before offering her one radical choice. Brooklyn must hand over her freedom in order to spare her friends. She’ll become a showpiece Juneau will auction off to the highest bidder for her skills in assassination, defense, and combat.
There must be a way out, and the renegade Omens have to find it…
Brooklyn has no intention of becoming Juneau’s latest achievement. During a mind-warping training simulation, Brooklyn uncovers Isolation’s greatest secret and their darkest mistake. Juneau Malloy has created something far more sinister than the Omens, and it’s ready to eat the world alive.
As the battle with Isolation intensifies, Brooklyn is faced with her most dangerous choice yet…
Save her friends—or save humanity.
This book was super good. I’d say it didn’t suffer from Second Book Syndrome at all.
To be fair, I didn’t remember too much of the first one, but bits and pieces came back to me as I read this one. I had forgotten just how character-driven it was. Seriously, the dynamic between them was almost more intriguing than the plot.
It was just all over the place. Trust was mixed with distrust so frequently, and even when people made up it didn’t feel genuine. A lot of the “steamy scenes” didn’t feel right for one reason or another. The emotional aspect just wasn’t optimal. But really, who could blame them, with so much going on? I was never really quite sure who felt which way about whom at any given time.
But I could feel the emotion. Man, it was crazy intense. Mostly the rage and distrust. When they were mad, it was all-consuming, and for the reader too. I would put the book down to go do something and I would just be furious, and I’d have to stop and think about why and realize that the book had a lot to do with it. It made it a little bit difficult when the characters did things I disagreed with, but it was an interesting opportunity for introspection. I learned a bit about myself. I know that in the first book it took me a while to warm up to Gabriel, and in this book I didn’t like her much either, but she and I have a lot in common. Who she was at the beginning is who I would be.
I liked how each character was given a personality, but it blended together sometimes to the point where I felt like if there was a group decision to be made, there would have to be a dissenter (as per usual), and I felt like that role was given out randomly (most of the time). Few were inherently skeptical about everything. I don’t know, it felt like there were few personality traits that could be pinned down to specific individuals, and they were mostly pretty similar. It showed when they were being described, describing each other, even when they were given assignments.
As for the plot, it was pretty good. Again, nothing too out-of-left-field or super unique. Yes, there were plot twists, but nothing really shocked me. Just made things more interesting. It does make me curious about the third book. To be honest, as much as the characters drive the story, it’s the plot that makes me want to read more. I wonder why that is.
The writing was really good as well. Very well paced. The only thing is that the descriptions of the emotions they each sensed got a little distracting at times. I never did get all of them down, which scent goes with which emotion, but I got a few.
All in all, great book!
reaction upon finishing
Ah neat! Let’s see where this goes.
this book in one word
the FEELS, man