This one is a bit different from the first book. There are a variety of short stories that take place after the events of book 2 told from...moreMy Thoughts:
This one is a bit different from the first book. There are a variety of short stories that take place after the events of book 2 told from the POVs of different characters. Notably, these are Sin, Boyd, Carhart and Kassian. Some of these stories were awesome and sexy. Others were insanely emotionally painful.
In the beginning of this book, Sin and Boyd are still not back together and Sin is pissed about Boyd's sexcapades with Kassian. Boyd still wants to be Sin's friend, but things are awkward between them sometimes. So Ryan gets the brilliant idea in enlisting Boyd's help to get Sin into the dating game. That shit hurt to read. Whether Boyd was sleeping with Kassian or not, it boggled my mind that Ryan thought getting Boyd to think of people Sin could start fucking would be an okay thing. Don't get me wrong, Sin had every right to try to move on now that he was feeling so much more mentally stable, but asking one ex-boyfriend to think up potential lovers for the other? So wrong. I tried not to be mad at Ryan over that because his heart was in the right place, but seriously?! Sin did manage to hit it off with someone, though. Much to Boyd's dismay. But he kept quiet about it. Kassian knew he was jealous, but Boyd was determined to not get in the way of Sin's happiness if there really was someone out there better from Sin than he was. Little did he know, Sin would have rather been with Boyd.
The two of them still have some miscommunications here and that hurt to read. They were longing for each other and they just wouldn't come out and SAY it. Drove me nuts, but they did finally get past that and got to where they needed to be. It was such a happy thing and they were having a good fucking time. Until it's revealed that Boyd has to go on his first ever solo/valentine mission. It didn't end with them fighting, thank goodness, but now more than ever-they want out. I want that for them, but I don't see how it's possible at all.
In the meantime, we get some POVs from Kassian. Some, while he and Boyd are still doing the casual thing and some after that. Kassian really starts to deteriorate over this book. He and Sin finally seem to come to some kind of an understanding, though. It takes one hell of a knockdown-dragout for it, though. And then Sin basically assassinates Kassian's character. Kassian admits that there was some merit to what Sin had to say at least. After that, they kind of bicker like siblings. Kassian's alcohol abuse gets worse, too. And it seems that he wants someone to love him. But he's afraid of that. Here's hoping he picks himself up in the future.
The really dramatic POVs actually were Carhart's. Emilio basically comes in and hurricanes up the man's life. And Carhart lets him. Until he discovers something that becomes the last straw. I could see it from both of their sides. Emilio has an obsession. A rather unhealthy one. That obsession's name is Zachary Carhart. Emilio loves Carhart. I really believes he does. The thing is, Emilio is such a sociopath that he would tear Zach's entire world down just so he could have him to himself. There are times where Carhart seems too harsh on Emilio and I wanted him to quit hurting the man's feelings, but Emilio always lashes out so much worse. I like Emilio. He isn't bad all the time. But he is not the best person where Zach is concerned. In some ways, Zach and Emilio's relationship is way worse than Sin and Boyd's ever was.
I am loving this series even though it puts me through one hell of a wringer. Emotional, it scares me, but it can also make me smile and laugh. These books are long as fuck, but sooooo worth it. Now I'm jumping right into the last one because I must KNOW.(less)
I didn't completely finish this one because I was frightened of the feels. I did read the first twenty percent and the last thirty percent, so I still...moreI didn't completely finish this one because I was frightened of the feels. I did read the first twenty percent and the last thirty percent, so I still feel confident in making this rating.
One day, when I do a series reread, I'll be sure to read this one all the way through.(less)
When rebellion destroys the underground world in which Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Al...moreSynopsis:
When rebellion destroys the underground world in which Thimble and Stone have grown up, they take Stone’s son and try to escape the chaos. Along the way, they must evade the Freaks, beings who feed on human flesh. Leaving behind the roles of Builder and Breeder which they were assigned at birth, they wander the underground tunnels, looking for safety yet afraid to go “topside” where legend has it that the light and water will burn their skin from their bones.
Their journey takes them upward to an unimagined world of tinned food, comfortable furniture, and books. Away from their regimented society for the first time, and still facing imminent danger, Thimble and Stone acknowledge the forbidden attraction which both have denied for years.
I didn't know it when I bought Enclave that this novella would be at the end of the book. That's pretty cool.
This novella shows us what happens after Deuce and Fade are exiled from College. As with the trend with dystopians, there is a rebellion. Being that the enclave is small, it's a really short rebellion. Too bad that rebellion ended up making things worse. Seems like those elders really should have listened to Deuce and Fade and prepared for an attack by the Freaks.
Stone and Thimble showed a great ability to adapt and survive. They work really well as a team. And the feelings that they had for each other that were so obvious in Enclave are finally acknowledged here. Now that there's no reason not to acknowledge them, they did.
Perhaps these two will really be the ones to find out what really happened Topside so long ago that drove some people to live in the tunnels. I wonder if we'll see them in the main story again at some point? If so, they have a lot ahead of them to get through in order to reach some semblance of civilization. But for now, they have made it to a safe place where they can have their own little family.(less)
Years after the bombs of WWIII have changed the physical and political landscape, the Agency ruthlessly works behind the scenes to take down...moreSynopsis:
Years after the bombs of WWIII have changed the physical and political landscape, the Agency ruthlessly works behind the scenes to take down rebel groups that threaten the current government. Their goals justify all means. Hsin Liu Vega (Sin) is their most efficient and deadly assassin ever. However, he tends to go off on unauthorized killing sprees and somehow his assigned partners all end up dead under suspicious circumstances. That is why the Agency has had him locked up in a box on the fourth floor for years. But now they think it is time to put the psychopath back in the field. With a new partner.
Boyd's mother, a high ranking Agency official, volunteers her teenage son for the position. Boyd is not afraid of death. In fact, his life has been such an endless cycle of apathy and despair for the last few years that he'd welcome it.
Can these two broken men form an efficient partnership? Can they learn to trust anyone, let alone each other? Sin doesn't give a fuck about the Agency, or the androgynous boy who holds the remote to the shock collar that is supposed to control him.
On the other hand, Boyd is strangely unafraid of the man everyone calls 'monster' and Sin seems reluctant to let his keeper get himself killed on any missions. Yet.
I fell in love with this book early on. I was intrigued the moment Sin was introduced. I wanted to know what kind of man he was that caused him to be treated the way he was being treated right from the beginning of the book. And then Boyd was introduced and I wanted to know what in the world it was that made him seem so withdrawn from the world. We get a lot of setup prior to the two of them meeting and that's pretty good since we get to know Boyd very well before he meets Sin. We don't get a POV of Sin too often in the beginning except for the one when he was pretty sure it was Boyd that he wanted for his new partner.
Their early interactions were not in the least bit good. Sin pretty much ignored Boyd and Boyd tended to be pretty pissed off at Sin. Those first few missions went really badly. Boyd was determined not to fail because of the consequences his mother threatened him with. Things just did not go well at first, though. Until, for some reason, Sin decided he didn't want Boyd to die and finally started to participate. I think this was mostly due to the fact that Boyd treated Sin like he was any other person where no one else really did. They fought quite a bit in the beginning, but it was interspersed with some good moments, too. Boyd found himself more and more interested in Sin and the more he got to see, the more an attraction built.
The attraction was around for quite a while before anything was done about it. This was a good thing since a friendship was built before sex began. They weren't always the best partners to each other and Boyd let his emotions regarding Sin make some series mistakes on missions and with Sin in general and luckily, it doesn't completely ruin things between them. There were times when I wondered how they would come back from one of Boyd's fuckups, but they always managed to.
When the sex finally did happen, it was pretty damned hot. It was interesting to see Sin deal with hormones and sexual frustration. Up to that point, he never had to before. Sex never even crossed his mind. Once he started noticing Boyd that way, though, it seems he thought about it frequently. If he hadn't and Boyd hadn't finally had it shoved in his face, Boyd likely never would have made a move. Once he did, though, Boyd was pretty damned seductive. I was shocked as he'd only had one lover before then and he'd lost him in a really horrific way. But he really was. No way was Sin going to resist that.
The only problem then was now that Sin's sexual appetite was awakened, he was sexually curious about pretty much everything and a woman that was damned determined to be with him caused Boyd to do something pretty callous during a mission and Sin ended up in a really bad way. That finally led to Boyd getting punished and basically reverting to old, hopeless habits. IF Sin hadn't gone to him, he likely would have stayed that way. I was just glad Boyd finally owned up to his feelings. Sin still has some progress to make on that front so I'm really interested in seeing how he ends up feeling about this whole thing.
Something really, really unexpected happens at the end. I so didn't see that coming, but I think I know who may have been behind it. And I've had some suspicions about that person that started nagging me. He knows too much and is just too good at what he does. Not to mention all of that face covering. What I really want to know is why he pulled that stunt, whether if he's who I think he is or not. Was there more to it than just killing who they killed? Did they take information? I can't wait to find out.(less)