Austin Valley appears as it always has, but Em Fuller knows that appearances aren’t what they seem. She knows under the surface, that cracks are starting to form in this seemingly well-manicured society. She’s responsible for creating these cracks and for planting a slow dissension among many of the residents of this once happy city. Broken in a way Em never thought possible, she turns into a well-calculated, strategic leader. With the help of the brightest minds in Austin Valley, Em begins building an army whose only purpose is to protect the population of Austin Valley from their President, Victor Vider. Em firmly believes the success of her army is inevitable, that is until a new blow strikes her heart and she questions whether she has the tenacity to go on.
***I received the ARC eBook free as a review copy from the author in exchange for an honest review***
A phenomenal end to one of my favourite series. It made me laugh, it made me cry but most importantly it has left me happy and content – that’s not to say I’m not eagerly awaiting Ren’s novella and anything else Noffke will send our way (because I am).
Never again will I go into one of her books anxious about how things will play out or if characters will finally grow a pair and admit their feelings *looks meaningfully at Zack* because I couldn’t have hoped for better. As is life we don’t know the endings to everyone’s story and for that I’m glad because it will allow this series to live on in my head; though we are witness to enough that I know where my favourite characters are now.
It has been an incredible journey, with so many unexpected turns that continue through this final novel. Finding out people’s backstories and yet more secrets emphasised how complex this world and its people Noffke created are, making for a read that kept me invested throughout. And how could you not be?
I only finished a couple days back and already can’t wait to re-read sometime, feeling nostalgic thinking about the characters. Zack made a real lasting impression on me with his quiet inner strength that made a difference to so many people which complemented Em’s so well. Even though Rogue made no appearances, I loved the part he played in their beautiful story.
Overall this book was undoubtedly beautiful, not only in the way it was written, but played out and concluded.
“We are humans who make wrong decisions, who act in strange ways, who have freckles and ailments. We are humans who are incredible in both our capacity to love and our resistance to hate. And in our imperfections we are beautiful.”
“Books are full of words and they are the most influential tools in the world. These seemingly innocent things strung together by letters have the power to ignite ideas, to spark a dying motivation, to fuel a passion.”
“People fight wars for power. But those who win are motivated by love. Never lose sight of that.”
“You’re the empire I’d protect. You’re my reason for serving. I want you above all else. You’re my freedom.”