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(Last Resistance #2)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  42 reviews
The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone.

The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the u
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Published October 11th 2016 by Aethon Books
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S.J. Higbee
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The start of Machinations was one of the high spots of the book – that wrenching death scene right at the beginning of the story pitched us straight into the action and this book kicks off with similar action-packed drama. Could you fully appreciate it if you hadn’t read the first book? Yes, I think Stone’s writing and pacing is such that you could pick this one up and wouldn’t flounder too much, though in an ideal world you would read the first book before tackling this one.

While I enjoyed the
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Counterpart is the second book in author Hayley Stone’s Machinations series and as sequels go, it’s pretty darn good. The machines are back and stronger than ever and it seems like they may have a new and terrifying ally.

This novel is just as fast and furious as the first and it kept my attention thoughout. The story is still reminiscent of the scifi movies of the ‘80s but, hey, I loved those movies and, despite its lack of originality, this is a fun read. It does end on a cliffhanger and I look
Jay Williams
Nov 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the battle between humans and machines starts slowly, but quickly becomes a knuckle-biting thriller. Rhona is accused of being a traitor as a series of attacks seems to be based on her directions and actions. As in the first book, no one can be trusted, and it is impossible to determine who the real enemy is. The action is continuous, and keeps the suspense at fever pitch. The ending sets the stage for a new series of battles, both war and political as the saga of man versus i ...more
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, netgalley
Reviewed at my blog: Babbling Books
“It feels like I’m in a juggling act-except I don’t know how to juggle, and the balls are actually grenades, and all the grenades are already missing their pins. And they’re on fire.”
Would it be completely weird for me to say that I think Hayley Stone and I were separated at birth? Or maybe her character Rhona and I were…Either way it’s like I’ve discovered my long-lost twin reading this book, or myself. Now I always thought that Juliette from Shatter Me w
T. Banks-Guyer
Even Better Than The First!

I recommend this for any sci-fi robo-apocolypse lover! So many great lines in this and the action and suspense never stops! I would gladly read this a hundred times over.
Sarah Corrigan
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi, arcs
I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited when I got approved for this and didn't have to wait till October for the sequel to Machinations! Although now I'm kind of regretting giving the first book five stars, just because I think this one is even better, and I have to give it the same rating. There are no sophomore slumps here! Rhona remains an engaging and complex character, and Counterpart delves even deeper than its
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Rhona Long never gave thought to how much her world would change when she became commander of the rebel forces so long ago. She never thought she'd die for the cause either, but she did. Given a second chance, she's been doing her best to stay alive, while continuously striving to bring the machines down. Doing so hasn't been easy, however. There are those who seek to silence her forever, something she will not allow.

Picking up where Machinations left off, Counterpart catapults the reader furthe
Kasey Giard
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
After reading Machinations, I was excited to read Counterpart. I liked Rhona and Camus and the fight against the machines. I loved that there were other clones introduced and the way that played out. Several times things happened that I just did not see coming. I'm not a huge fan of a cliff-hanger ending, but in this case it just made me all the more eager for book three.

If you like quirky sci-fi this is definitely something you should pick up.
Peter Hansen
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
The war against the machines is starting to turn for the humans, what is the next weapon the machines have in order to stop the losses? This book had a very "Empire Strikes Back" feeling for me in that it reminded that after a big win for the rebellion there is often a lot of the power still left in the "Empire" of machines. I am excited for the next book in the series. ...more
Patricia Moren
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The sequel to Machinations has lived up to my expectations. Another great SciFi with characters who now feel like friends and situations which have adrenaline coursing through my veins. Hopefully there will be more to come and I can't wait ...more
Review to come.

*eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Ann Thomas
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes with a second book it is hard to match the first, but this one definitely does. The action is high and you care about the characters so it grips your attention. Plenty of twists and turns in the plot but also inside the protagonist's head, as she tries to work out who she is and what she wants for herself and her friends and loved ones. And all the while there are the machines... Highly recommended. ...more
Margaret Fisk
Oct 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Originally posted on Tales to Tide You Over

I very much enjoyed the first book in this series so when I was offered a review copy of Counterpart, I jumped at it. Though the beginning is confusing, it is deliberately so, and doesn’t keep you hanging too long after it introduces a host of problems to plague Rhona and Camus.

Again, we have a very personal story wrapped around an epic battle between the remnants of humanity and the misguided machines. It’s not the same story as the first book, though
Mike Nemeth
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Author Haley Stone certainly appears she opened a vein to write "Counterpart," the second novel in her Machinations series. It's often an agonizing look in the head of a woman who has to come to terms with not just the end of the world and death of civilization but her pivotal role in the fight to save humanity. Life as we know it is gone, ended by the machines of the upper echelon, who have learned that to serve man, he must be well-cooked. One of the final outposts is an underground bunker car ...more
The Captain
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .

I reviewed book one of this series back in May and highly enjoyed it. Hydra contacted me about book two being available to request. Yes please! So very glad I did because book two was even better than the first. If ye haven’t read that one, then ye read the rest of this review at yer own peril.

This novel takes us back to the conflict between the killer machines a
Clare O'Beara
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I found this a tough read, because there are words relating to violence, death and weapons on almost every page. Some readers won't mind. The robot apocalypse has come about in the previous book; a girl called Rhona has been cloned and the clone is busily leading a resistance - make that hiding. The machines seem to be all too good at finding pockets of resistance and obliterating the fighters.

The more tough soldiers who appeared, from China and Russia even, the more odd it seemed to me that Rh
This picks up where we left off and now we're entering more than just who is Rhona-is-she-the-same. The politics are getting dicier, the relationships are getting more complex, and now we have to deal with something else: are there more?
Tragedy and heartache, the defining of one's self, and dealing with the petty crap of humanity that is really the reason we're in this whole mess to begin with...the action does not stop with Hayley Stone's novels. Machinations was SUCH a great title as it can b
Lucia Culpepper
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got impatient with Rhona sometimes, but that was because of how realistic her breakdown was. I was on Camus's side, and wished I could reach into the pages and help him shake the feelings out of her.

A great follow-up to the first book, particularly the hints of hope that came near the end that the resistance might pull this off after all.
Jessica Mcbee
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent continuation of the Machinations series. I can't wait to read what's next! Rhona's self sacrificing had me really frustrated at times, but it fit well with her character and the story. highly recommend this book! Thanks to NetGalley for providing a copy in exchange for my honest review. ...more
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in just as quickly as the first. Stone's characters and world are so vivid. Loved every second of it! ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
"This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.5 of 5

Counterpart is the sequel to Machinations by author Hayley Stone. You can (and should), read my review of Machinations here as I layout the requirements for a classic YA story.

Counterpart continues the story of Rhona Long – the young commander in a battle against the machines. Rhona is still battling the perceptions of those around her because Rhona was killed during a skirmish and Rhona … the current Rhona … is a clone
Apr 07, 2022 rated it really liked it

The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone.

The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand.

Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought ba

Scott Holstad
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I didn't realize this was the second book in a series when I bought it, or I would have bought the first one. Just call me stupid. Still, I caught on quickly because it can largely be read as a stand alone, and God, is it action packed!!! Man, tension, drama, fighting (as in machine vs human - think Terminator in an apocalyptic setting with people in enclaves), brutality, and action, action, action! I enjoyed the hell out of this book, and were it not for a few overly repetitive sayings and doin ...more
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a good follow up to book one of this teen/young adult series, Machinations . It is set in the future when technology is trying to eliminate the human population. Of course the humans are mounting a fight but infighting between nations is hampering their efforts. Rhona and her team are trying to be peacekeepers but when is is killed it looks like all is lost until they clone her using her dna. A little more violent that I remember from book 1. Will keep up with this series.
Arnas L
May 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Twilight with some robots sprinkled on top. Plot advanced only in the last couple chapters.
Melinda Mitchell
I enjoyed this one even more than the last. But I give it 4.5 stars... because of how abrupt the ending is. I know it's leaving it open for a sequel, but still. ...more
Vaun Fiedler
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Clones Meet

Rhona Long had herself cloned before she died: now her clones must fight against the machines. Sci-fi lovers must read!
Tabby Shiflett
I enjoyed this sequel even more than its predecessor. The story is more developed, the pace is more consistent, and the romance between the two MCs feels more authentic now. The novel starts off with a good action sequence and ends with a great transitional scene that could potentially introduce an additional book. The reader gets a better look into many of the characters and a few new ones make an appearance. For readers who like post-apocalyptic Sci-fi novels, especially with witty one-liners ...more
Mark Gardner
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
I knew I wanted to read Counterpart as soon as I finished Machinations. It popped up on NetGalley, and onto my read shelf it went. Usually, I won’t read a story until about 30 – 45 days before its release, but I just had to know how author Hayley Stone was going to continue it.

The Good: And continue it she did. Book one, as with many introductions to a series there had to be a lot of back story so the reader could get down on the sweet, sweet words the author is throwing down. Book two, doesn’t
Katy Sauer
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked the second book just as much as the first but I wouldn't say more. I could see how various characters had more depth and also how much Rhona grew as a person through the various crisis that took place. My biggest issue through both is the romance side of the story. I'm a bit on the fence with it as part of me loves the passion and intensity. At times, however, it just feels like a distraction from the actual disaster going on around them. It's not quite as bad as some plot lines where ev ...more
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Hayley Stone is the author of the weird western, MAKE ME NO GRAVE, a finalist for the Laramie Book Awards, and the Last Resistance sci-fi series.

She has lived her entire life in sunny California, where the weather is usually perfect and nothing as exciting as a robot apocalypse ever happens. When not reading or writing, she freelances as an editor, plays the ocarina, and analyzes buildings for vel

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