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The Ruins

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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.

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First published June 16, 2015

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T.H. Hernandez

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T.H. Hernandez is a published author of young adult novels. THE UNION, a post-climate change dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. SUPERHERO HIGH, an urban scifi teenage romance, set in San Diego, about the offspring of the world's superheroes. Her first young adult contemporary, co-written with Jennifer DiGiovanni, PROM-WRECKED, is published through Entangled Teen.

She thrives on coffee, peanut butter-flavored anything, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home.

When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, you can find her in usually sunny San Diego with her husband, three teenage spawns, a bearded dragon, a couple of cats, and Artemis, a neurotic rescue mutt.

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540 reviews332 followers
January 14, 2016
***4.5/5 Stars***
*Spoilers for The Union #1*

The Ruins had me run the gamut of emotions.  I laughed, I cried, I squealed and I yelled horrible, horrible words to my poor kindle (thank you Bryce!)!  You see, this was everything I was hoping the second book would be, and then some.  Not only were there the characters and relationships that I fell madly in love with in the first book, The Union, but this time around I found the peril I was desperately seeking.  I love getting sent into freak out mode where I can’t breathe and my hands are sweaty.  Where I’m terrified about what is going to happen next.  So of course I had a blast reading The Ruins, but now I have to wait for that third book, ack!  I must know what happens next!!

I absolutely love when a second book contains my favorite elements from the first!  Evan still has a ton of fire in her, even though her heart is in pieces.  The last she saw Cyrus, he was escaping with his family and she has no clue where he is going, how she’ll ever contact him, and if she’ll ever see him again.  So Evan puts all of her energy into trying her hardest to find a way to help the citizens of both The Ruins and The Union.  Because she has an impossible task in front of of her.  With the help of her friends (love, love, love Colin!), they are to somehow warn The Union citizens about an attack from the uprising, while keeping the innocents out in The Ruins safe.  They come up against so many unknowns, and in the midst of trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, they end up placing themselves in grave danger.  Their lives have been marked, and nothing will ever be the same again.

Another thing that I absolutely loved was the relationships and friendships that Evan surrounded herself with.  They felt so real.  As though they could easily exist and play out in the real world with you and me.  A dominating part of this story was the characters and their interactions, so it’s intricate to enjoy and become immersed in their everyday lives and interactions.  I truly became obsessed with all of them!  Well…..technically not all of them lol.  So there’s a character in this story that I love to hate and his name is Bryce.  He is the undercover detective that ultimately led Evan to be kidnapped in the first book, because of her association with him.  She liked him, he still likes her, and now they are stuck spending a lot of time together.  And I didn’t want Evan spending her time with him.  I know, I’m being so petty.  But that’s because I became loyal to Cyrus…..ohhh butterfly inducing, made me smile and swoon Cyrus!  He was utter perfection and Bryce just isn’t.  So I literally kept yelling at my kindle for Evan not to be nice to him.  I don’t fault Evan in the least, because this is his area of expertise but ahem, I know it’s probably horrible to say but can he just die already?  It could be doing something heroic?  I know, I'm so bad at loving to hate characters.  Bad Jen bad!

But what I want to talk about the most, I can’t.  You see the story starts off with a few bumps here and there for Evan, but then things start to pick up and spiral into intense situations that had me glued to the pages.  The scenes that Evan’s finds herself in become more dire and even at times horrifying.  I loved every moment of what I can’t talk about!  The situations, the decisions, the people, the places, oh it was SO good!

It was so much fun being back in a story where I adore the characters and felt invested in what was going on.  Having the banter, friendships and commodore made me feel all warm and cozy being back in this familiar world.  I loved trying to put the clues together and I’m extremely proud that I figured one out before it happened.  By the way, best part ever!!!!!  But I felt a little confused at the end of the book.  I did not grasp a characters “interactions”, but since Hernandez does an excellent job of plotting out the reasoning behind why characters do what they do, I’m almost positive that my questions will be answered in the third book.  And speaking of that third book, I can’t wait to read it!  You’re not left in a perilous ending, but with so many things up in the air I’m excited to see what is going to come crashing down!

***ARC was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review***

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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.
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764 reviews271 followers
August 1, 2017
4.5 stars out of 5
*Possible minor spoilers from The Union (The Union #1)

The Ruins picks right up where book 1, The Union left readers. Evan and company are back in the Union and they have to figure out what their next moves are going to be and to ultimately try and break the case of who is facilitating the upcoming rebel attack. All the while Evan is holding the weight of this impending doom on her shoulders and trying to save the people she loves both in the Union and the Ruins. I have to say that I actually liked The Ruins better than The Union! You can’t ask for more than that; with how a lot of sequels fall into that sophomore slump. Don’t get me wrong, The Union was great and both books share tons of the same qualities but The Ruins just pulled me in so much deeper and had me trying to read pages during all hours of the day! I had to finish, I had to know! Oh and these covers…just brilliant.

The Ruins explores a lot of dystopian themes; rebellion and love coming through most heavily. I happen to love it when there is a solid romance in my dystopian and I usually loathe a love triangle, but I actually felt that in this instance the duplicity of the romances worked in favor of the plot and not against it. Plus, it just meant a whole lot more of ‘make my knees weak’ kissing scenes! It also explores a lot of new adult themes of finding your place in the world, figuring out what love truly is, making your mark on the world and finding where your moral compass lies. I can’t elaborate because I am keeping this spoiler-free and that is so not easy!

I absolutely loved the characters in this series! They all felt so realistic and I wished they were my friends! Some of the new side characters from The Ruins didn’t resonate as much as the cast in The Union, but I think that is because in The Ruins the side characters really are on the sidelines now that Evan has a singular motivation and she doesn’t need anyone else to help her along the way or stand in her way. Speaking of Evan, she is headstrong and reckless but both of those qualities just fit her to a tee. She wasn’t going to go through some epiphany and just be a bystander and let someone else handle everything. She knew she couldn’t trust anyone anymore except her life-long friends so why not try to escape danger with those you trust most.

The Ruins is page-turner. It is action packed, suspenseful and full of swoon worthy romance. Evan is strong, determined, and a little reckless. Sure I had moments where I just wanted to say “What are you doing? You silly girl!” Other times I wanted to jump up and down and cheer “Go Evan! You can do it!” I had so many emotions while reading and I honestly cannot wait for the next book in this series!

If you like YA and or Dystopian I think you will devour this series! I love nothing more than discovering an amazing new series one that belongs mentioned with some of the most popular dystopian books out there!
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419 reviews369 followers
July 6, 2015

**This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review**

T.H. Hernandez has done it again! This was such a fantastic read!

It was so great to be back in this world that I had come to know and love in the first book, The Union. And if you haven't read that book, don't worry -- this is a SPOILER-FREE review!

We are immediately reintroduced to Evan and her recklessness, pretty much right off the bat in this book, which was good because it reminded me about why she aggravated me, but I still loved her. We got to see the familiar names of Bryce, Colin, Jack, etc. Without going into too much detail, this book pretty much picks up where the first book left off. Evan and her crew are trying to figure out what's going on in regarding to the Unions being involved with the conditions of the Ruins, as well as finding out what's going on with the pending Uprising.

As I read this book, I still got that same Hunger Games, Divergent, Delirium feel -- in the best way possible. So kudos to Hernandez for remaining consistent in her delivery.

The plot in this one is just as compelling as book one, with a bit more information to share, as well learn more and more about what's going and who's behind what. The way that Hernandez writes is pure beauty. There was lines of description and dialogue that I had to stop and reread because I just loved how it flowed together. This author definitely has a way with words and stringing them together. It was almost poetic at times.

We are introduced to new characters that, although I don't think I loved them as much as the first group of characters we met in the first book, I still really enjoyed them. They added a lot to the story and made it way more interesting. Speaking of the first group, while they make a reappearance in this book, I was a little bummed they weren't in this book as much. It was so great to see them again -- it brought a smile to my face -- but I was sad that they weren't throughout more of the book.

When I think about it, I guess it made sense -- considering the new characters that come in. There needed to be a balance and Hernandez found it when these new characters.

Also, the one thing I will say that is slightly spoilery is -- Willow! Oh my goodness, Willow. And that's all.

Throughout this book, I found myself wanting to shake Evan because, once again, her recklessness causes a lot more trouble than most people bargain for, but the story was so good, I'm able to forgive because to be honest - that recklessness is part of her charm. Her heart is always in the right place.

Overall, I'd say that this was solid continuation of the story. The plot was fantastic, though a little slower in progression, and the character development was spot on again. I was just excited to be back in this world and back with these characters...

Now, my only question --- IS THERE A BOOK THREE???
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7 reviews
May 10, 2021
Not my usual cup of tea when it comes to dystopian, but I really liked it. There are a lot of characters and complicated relationships. Overall a story I’m really invested in.
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Author 8 books189 followers
June 19, 2015
The Ruins is the follow up to TH Hernandez’s riveting The Union. Evan and her groups of friends have information about an impending attack on The Union. They have to band together to prevent it from happening, but what happens when they find out they’re being hunted by the very people who are planning the attack?

After a wish-washy beginning where the characters seem lost, don’t know what to do, or how to save themselves – let alone the world – they ultimately decide to split up, taking the reader for an entertaining ride.
The more into the book you get, the more thrilling it gets, until you get to a point where you just can’t hold in your screams anymore. Or maybe it was just me who was jumping up and down in excitement when a certain event happens.

Things I love: Colin, Cyrus, Mateo (can I please bring him home with me?) okay…so maybe I like any hot guy. Except one. Everyone who’s read it will know who I’m talking about.
My only complaint? IT ENDED BEFORE I WAS READY FOR IT TO. To be fair, I could be lost in this world forever, so it will probably never be enough, but I neeeeeeeeeeed to know more. Right now.

I vote we tie TH to a chair and don’t let her get up until the next book is done.
73 reviews2 followers
July 29, 2015
Usually the first book in a series is my favorite, but I think I liked The Ruins better than The Union. There is a lot going on in this book and it was hard to put down. Even though the storyline isn't complete with this second book in the series, I like where the book ended and felt like it was an entire story in its own right.

I have to say, I wanted to smack Evan in the face more times in this book than in the first. She can be really self-centered and obnoxious at times. But I would like to think that she'll improve over time. She certainly has room to. She did have a redeeming moment in the third part of the book when she helped someone out at great risk to herself, but then she spoiled it by idiotically trying to do a good deed that goes horribly awry. Her heart is in the right place. Maybe her brain will catch up later.

I also enjoyed the love triangles going on in this story. It will be interesting to see how they play out.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series and it will be a tough wait.
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612 reviews23 followers
June 25, 2015
The Ruins is a wonderful continuation of the Young Adult story that TH Hernandez started in The Union. We see danger, intrigue, young love, and hard choices that need to be made. There is a deeper level of self-identity, friendship, and self-awareness that is brought to life in this story! I am so happy with this book, despite my initial reactions, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!

The Ruins picks up right where The Union ends. Evan has returned home and left everyone she cared about in the Ruins behind. She is attempting to balance her experiences and the way that they changed her with the life she has been thrust back into. She is heartbroken from leaving behind Cyrus and frustrated with not having direction on how to help stop the Uprising. Evan developed into a great female character in the first book and she continues to grow into an independent and strong young woman in this second installment. She is attempting to find her way and make a difference but it seems like the cause is too big for her to grasp. I love her growing tenacity and fight.

When she returns, she is convinced that she will never again see Cyrus and she attempts to move on with Bryce. Now this one theme made me frustrated. I love Cyrus and Evan together. They bring out the best in each other and encourage greatness from each other. They are passionate and beautiful together. When they parted ways at the end of the first book, I was heartbroken. Evan is floundering and finds a level of security and affection from Bryce but it pales in comparison. I was frustrated with their relationship, seeing that it would never be enough. It was hard to watch Evan and Bryce together when I wanted her with Cyrus but being in her head throughout this story allows you to somewhat understand her intentions. She is young and trying to find a safe place to sort through her life. She finds a semblance of that with Bryce- a safe place. The highs and lows between Evan and Bryce create some of the drama in the story and ultimately lead to Evan foraging her own path to find a solution to the Uprising.

I loved how this story was split into three parts: The Union, The Ruins, and The Uprising. Each part is interconnected but distinctly different. They lead into one another and help guide the reader on a journey. I loved how the relationships and dynamics continue to grow with these characters. We see young love, heartache, unrequited love, and deep friendships. The different types of love portrayed in this book adds more depth and character to what is happening. Hernandez shows the reader the love of siblings, love of parents and the kids, love of friends, and romantic love. I loved watching these different and dynamice relationships grow and bloom.

The real hero of this story is Evan. She is the main character but the way that TH Hernandez writes her story is raw. She is a young woman learning her way and making mistakes as she goes. She is calculated at times and at other times hot headed, not thinking of what will happen. Her learning curve is what sets this story to succeed. She is involved in something bigger than herself but she is continually growing and evolving to be who she needs to be in order to face what is coming. Her relationships are vital to her identity and those friendships and romances don't define her but contribute to her strength and development.

This book sets up so many different things for the future and continues to grow the main objectives of this story. These young people are involved in something huge- a potential war that could destroy everything they love about the worlds on both sides of the walls. I cannot wait to see what happens next and where Evan and the gang land. There is bound to be an epic ending to their story and I cannot wait to see how they transform into the heroes and people to accomplish that goal!
February 13, 2016

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I received this book for free from YaReads Blog Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Following my review of The Union last month, I couldn't wait to read the next instalment of the trilogy by T.H. Hernandez. I was eager to see what would become of Evan and Cyrus after their parting, and I wanted to know how the events leading to her escape would affect her.

Like the last book, the pacing was a little strange, with time passing suddenly. It wasn't as bad as last time though, as at least Hernandez gave indication to how much time...most of the time. (Lots of 'times' in there...) However, while I found the slower pacing relaxing in The Union, I began to feel a bit impatient in this book, with little happening in the first half. It was only when Evan reentered the Ruins in the second half that events started ramping up a bit, and then the final third of the book really got interesting. I have a strange fascination with reading about characters training to fight, whether with their bare hands, weapons or magic. This book fed this fascination in the second half, and I wish it had been introduced earlier on whilst in the Union.

We met a lot of familiar faces, but also some new ones. There didn't seem to be as much fleshing out of characters this time, though, and I can't remember many of the newer ones. I definitely can't picture them in my head as much as I can the main players (Evan, Bryce, Cyrus, Lisa, Jack and Colin). I think the same can apply to the setting: I was able to cobble together my own scenes from the rough sketches laid down in the book, but it wasn't quite so vivid as the first book.

A few times, the book tried to pull at my heartstrings, and one moment in particular really pulled hard, but I couldn't quite get there. It was sad and heartbreaking in theory, but I couldn't connect to the moment enough to cry. I think the only times I really felt emotion were between Evan and Cyrus. I felt really bad for Bryce, as I could tell he had feelings for Evan, and she tried, but there was just no chemistry. None.

The book ended with a really strange cliffhanger. It wasn't really a plot hanger, but a character/relationship hanger. I can't say much for the sake of spoilers, but you'll understand what I mean when you read it!

Overall, the slow first half, while maybe realistic, could have been cut down a bit so that I could enjoy this as much as I enjoyed The Union. It might have also allowed for further development of the characters and setting once Evan re-entered the Ruins (where the fun starts). The way the book ended makes me hope for great things in the final book, though.
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142 reviews32 followers
March 4, 2016
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
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255 reviews4 followers
June 25, 2015
I received a copy of this book in exchange for review.

The Ruins was a five star follow up to a five star book. It lived up to the high expectations that I had from reading The Union, and then some. This installment of The Union Series was packed with action and suspense, not to mention some steamy romance. I actually was a beta reader for this book, so I was pretty familiar with the story before I received an ARC. This book was so good that I still was on edge, worrying about the characters and their well being. The twists and turns still took me on a fast paced ride, and the romance still made me swoon over and over again.

Evan’s voice is so authentic, especially for a teenage girl. It’s a very enjoyable experience to be inside her head. Evan has changed quite a bit from the girl she was at the beginning of The Union, and it shows. Her edges are a little more rough, and she’s matured at a rapid rate after what she went through. That character development continues to happen throughout The Ruins, and you see Evan discovering that’s she’s even more brave and daring then she thought. You start to see Evan really becoming more comfortable in her own skin, and being able to make her own choices. The poor girl has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and she carries it well. Hey, her decisions might not always be the smartest, but she’s always loyal to her friends and family, and will stop at nothing to protect them.

Overall, The Ruins is a solid followup to The Union. It was so great to be back in this world, and I’m eager to continue on with this series when the next book comes out. I definitely urge you to pick up a copy here (Amazon/Kindle). This is 100% a five star read.
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Author 6 books231 followers
July 13, 2015
I greatly enjoyed the second book in the Union series - actually, I believe the story is gaining momentum as it goes and this book is even better than the first. It started off a little slowly for me - I felt there was a bit too much sitting around and throwing ideas around about what the crew was going to do, but I also had faith that Hernandez had given a tremendous amount of thought to her plot, and in the end, I can appreciate why the set up needed to be what it was. Once the story really hit its stride, the reader is treated to the wonderfully descriptive, play-by-play action and adventure elements that are truly the author's forte. Hernandez is also very skilled in handling human emotion, and excels at putting into words the complex emotions and struggles Evan is facing as she grapples with her feelings about both Bryce and Cyrus. I also must compliment the author for character consistency - Evan is always Evan, and even when she behaves in a manner that may frustrate the reader, she most definitely stays true to herself.

Furthermore, Hernandez is an outstanding example of an indie author who has done her homework AND the legwork - this book is clean and nicely formatted. And obviously, her writing speaks for itself - with incredibly well thought out and strong plot development and a voice that literally makes me snort from the sharp one-liners, it continues to amaze me that Hernandez has accomplished stories like this one without a team of industry professionals behind her.
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Author 13 books146 followers
October 9, 2015
Hernandez's writing has almost a lyrical quality that flows easily. In this installment, Evan returns to the Union where she faces danger and Bryce. The twists start from there and keep coming. After a fallout with Bryce, she returns to the Ruins with her best friend Colin. The characters and the setting are so well done that you feel like a part of the story. I love that the characters have flaws and are consistent. The story has plenty of action and romance to keep the pages turning.

I had a few minor issues with the story. It starts a little slow and the conflict centering around her dad felt unwarranted because Evan goes to stay with him. I would've liked to have seen more conflict with Bryce. She gets back with him too quickly, which made her connection with Cyrus feel disingenuous. I would've liked Evan to have devised a plan before joining the resistance and have her take more control of the story instead of it controlling her.

If you enjoy YA dystopia with romance, I would highly recommend this story. Once the story ramps up, it moves at a quick pace and it keeps you guessing. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
3,916 reviews111 followers
June 17, 2015
I would like to thank the author, T.H. Hernandez, for giving me an electronic copy of this book to review. Although I enjoyed The Union (Book 1) immensely, The Ruins has surpassed my expectations. With the plot moving at a breathtaking pace, I could not help but be perched on the edge of my seat awaiting the next twist and turn. Evan is everything a main character should be: intelligent, capable, adaptable even in difficult circumstances, and a little feisty. When her life is threatened and her family could potentially be collateral damage, Evan takes control of the situation with little regard for herself. The fully developed characters and well paced plot take the reader on a journey from the Union, to the Ruins, and back again. If you have yet to read The Union, I recommend reading it first because The Ruins builds upon the foundation laid in Book 1. I will eagerly await the return of Evan and her friends, as it seems that her journey has just begun.
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2,242 reviews65 followers
June 22, 2015
We are back with Evan and friends for book two. Evan is heartbroken for having to leave Cyrus behind. Also, not happy about the situation she's in. Staying with a father she hardly knows. They soon find out that someone is spying on them and come up with a plan to save everyone.

Even gets a job as a reporter to help with the cause. It seemed quite easy. Something happens with her and Bryce. She ends up in the Ruins with Colin. I was so happy when she finally go to see Cyrus again. He's my favorite character out of the bunch.

Theres a lot of action in this book. I wasn't bored But just like the last one. I wasn't engrossed in it, as much as I wanted to be. I was a bit sad about that.

The world this author created is an interesting one though. The writing isn't bad and I feel that the young adult crowd would love this...Lissa


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16 reviews
June 10, 2015
The Ruins, the second book in this series, delves deeper into the lives of the almost-adults that populated The Union.

Back in the Union, Evan and her friends are still in danger...but from who? They're relentlessly pulled into the mystery of unrest in the Ruins and encounter heart-pounding danger at every turn.

Hernandez has a gift for giving readers a rest in between the adventures, sharing quiet times with friends or at some type of work, before dumping you into another dangerous situation.

The teen romance isn't ignored, either, and we see relationships deepening with time and shared fears.

The only thing that made this four stars instead of five, for me, was that the ending seemed to be hastily wrapped up, without enough detail to make clear how it happened that, suddenly, everything is OK. At least, for now.
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February 10, 2016
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REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 13 years, 1 month


This book was exhilarating and had me interested from the beginning.

This is a fictional story about the end of a city that could be caused by a rebel attack. Evan goes on this big adventure with the help of friends to try and prevent this impending attack. On some parts I was crying, laughing and getting angry on the characters' behalves.

My favorite part is when Evan's dad tells her to forgive him because his advice is wonderful. He tells her that anger and revenge are unhealthy and he is right.
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Author 11 books317 followers
June 29, 2015
The continuation of The Union series is just as epically fabulous as the first installment. I love how we see Evan's growth as a character. After barely surviving her trip to the Ruins she's transformed into an older, wiser character, someone with the weight of the world on her shoulders - literally. Her frustration at not being able to help her friends in the Ruins drives her to making a return trip. We meet many new characters in this book as T.H. Hernandez's world evolves page-after-page. I'm not sure how this series will end, but I only know that I can't wait to read the next installment and find out.
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Author 17 books41 followers
February 15, 2016
T.H. Hernandez has proven once again how much she can captivate an audience.

The Ruins picks up right where the Union left off. Love shines through and the plot itself rises to hold the audience. With this compelling story I was once again pulled in and couldn't pull myself out.
I really enjoyed it and would love to read more.

I, Amber McCarty (Imaginative Dreams), was given a copy for an honest review.
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513 reviews1 follower
October 22, 2020
Keeps on going

And the story keeps going along nicely. Everyone is developing nicely and so is the story. I’m sorry I do not like Bryce. Nope 👎🏻 But the pace is good we are meeting new people I’m loving it. Keeps me actively engaged in the story and wanting to read more.
71 reviews1 follower
July 16, 2015
Great book

Totally engrossing. Great characters. Love the chemistry between the three lead characters. Can't wait for the rest of the series.
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124 reviews10 followers
Shelved as 'did-not-finish'
June 8, 2019
It pained me to give us this book because I so enjoyed The Union. However my enjoyment was in being in the Ruins and despite this book being titled that, I flicked forwards to page 240-ish and they still weren't in the Ruins again AND Cyrus was still no where to be seen. Unfortunately I began to find it boring and like anyone my time is limited. I'm unsure what I'll be doing with The Union, if I'll decide to give it away at the same time as The Ruins so the person taking them will be able to start from the beginning without having to buy the others.
150 reviews1 follower
February 10, 2021
Yay, it's edited!!

Full 5 stars. Thank you for having the sequel edited. I think I only found 2 errors in the entire book.
Profile Image for Heather.
573 reviews141 followers
June 25, 2015
So I really enjoyed reading the first book in this series, The Union, last year, don't know what happens?, then stop and go to my review of it now before you go any further.

OK shall we continue, The Ruins picks up from where The Union finishes, our journey continues with Evan who has returned from the Ruins leaving behind Cyrus, the boy who she fell for hard.

Still distraught from dealing with leaving him behind she now has to try and warn the population of The Union that rebels are about to attack, how is she going to do that?.

Now as this is a second book in a series I'm just going to tease you with my review as I hate accidentally spoiling it for you!

So here goes, it does start off a little slow but stay with it, it is worth it. Evan has to find a way to get her warning across and with her friends she tries and figures out a plan.

Will it be too late?
Will she be able to save people from the rebel attacks?
Will she be able to find Cyrus?

This is a good book, the world once more has been lovingly set up and I really enjoyed reading about it. Evan does occasionally get on my nerves and I want to shout at her, but maybe that is because I am a mother of daughters and I just want to give her a nudge!

If you are looking for a new dystopian series, give this one a try!

Thanks to InkSlinger PR for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!
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45 reviews11 followers
May 23, 2016
The start was a little slow as you reorient to Evan being back in the Union. Don't worry it picks back up as Evan finds her way back into the Ruins. I know that this is a series that leans on the romance side, but if the guys just skim through the "mushy stuff"
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