**spoiler alert** I couldn't wait to read this book and by some turn of luck, I managed to win a copy. I started it as soon as it got here. If you rem**spoiler alert** I couldn't wait to read this book and by some turn of luck, I managed to win a copy. I started it as soon as it got here. If you remember the last thing that happened in Pandemonium with Alex and Lena and Julian, you know why!
At the beginning of the book, the group is together - Alex is with Julian and Lena and the rest of the gang. Lena and her group meet up with the rest of the rebels for a joyful reunion. Alex is very distant and won't speak to Lena much, but reveals that the regulators threw him in the Crypts and hints at torture. When Coral (a wounded rebel the group helps out) joins the group, Alex spends a lot of time with her. Lena's not so happy about that but she's with Julian, after all.
One thing I love about this book is that we also get Hana's point of view. She's slated to marry the new mayor of Portland (after his father dies, he inherits the title), but he has different plans for the citizens. They will need to "earn" their electricity, otherwise they will suffer. Hana, although cured, is conflicted and continues to feel guilt over Lena and Alex as well as Lena's family, who have been thrown out of their house...especially Grace, Lena's little cousin.
Eventually we learn that the group is planning to take over Portland...that a huge riot has been scheduled. This just so happens to occur on the day of Hana's wedding...a wedding she's starting to have a lot of reservations about. Alex breaks away from the group, leaving Lena a note about King Solomon and sacrifice. Lena doesn't really understand it, but discovers her mother along the way, who tells her the real story.
In the book of Shhh, the story says that the king actually cuts the baby in half whereas the real story (as in reality) states that one woman gives up her claim on the baby to keep him safe...and Lena realizes both her mother's plan and Alex's was to do just this for her. She appreciates this but she realizes she loves Julian, so she keeps going.
In Portland, while the resistance has a plan to take down the walls and take back over the town, Lena has a plan to find her family. She seeks out Grace at the old house but discovers no one is there. As she's leaving the house, a car hits her...it's Hana and her body guards, fresh from her wedding ceremony (where the priest never got to declare her and Fred husband and wife because of the alarms and the breach of the wall).
Hana takes Lena back to her house and gives her something to eat...they're both distrustful of each other but Lena realizes something even more pressing. One of the bombs the resistance has planted is in Hana's house...her husband the target. Hana reveals that she's the reason Lena and Alex got caught. She told because she was jealous of what the two of them had. But it's also why she helped them get away - because she knew what she'd done was wrong.
Lena tells Hana about the bomb and tells her to get out. Hana lets Lena leave just as Fred enters the house. He's about to go fight off the resistance, but Hana begs him to stay; says they need Fred and he will be in danger if he leaves the house. He finally agrees and then Hana leaves the house, leaving him to face the bomb he doesn't know about. Lena finally finds Grace, who follows her back to the wall. There, Lena spots Alex and his walls have crumbled, so to speak. He tells her he was horrified and worried that she'd never come back. Lena spots Julian helping to tear down the wall and feels a rush of affection for him.
There - faced with her love for Julian and her lingering feelings for Alex, Lena makes her final decision who she wants to be with and who she has wanted to be with all along.
My rating - I loved this book. I thought there could have been more romance/love throughout because, what's it all for, anyway? But I loved it...I really enjoyed getting Hana's point of view and the fact that the resistance is actually making serious headway in Portland. It satisfied every question I had left over from Pandemonium and I walked away satisfied with the book. ...more