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The Raging Ones #2

The Last Hope

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A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you'll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

400 pages, Hardcover

First published August 13, 2019

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Krista Ritchie

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NYT & USA Today Bestselling Authors Krista & Becca Ritchie are identical twins—one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek—but with their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. They love superheroes, flawed characters, and soul mate love.

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1,537 reviews9,794 followers
November 5, 2020

It's hard to believe this story is over. There are still so many things left unexplored but, nevertheless, I am quite pleased with the ending.

It's bittersweet to say goodbye to characters I enjoy so much.

If you are unaware, The Last Hope is the concluding book to the The Raging Ones duology, written by sister-writing duo, Krista and Becca Ritchie.

This YA Sci-Fi Romance is one of my most anticipated sequels of the year. The first book, The Raging Ones, was released in August of 2018 and I was more than impressed.

It really kept me engaged the whole way through and the world-building was excellent. The ending had a HUGE reveal and jaw-dropping cliffhanger.

Our young protagonists discovered something that shook the world as they knew it. When I finished that last page, my jaw was legit on the floor!!!

How the heck was I going to wait a year before getting my hands on the second book?

Well, lucky for me, I didn't have to wait a full year.

Thank you, Wednesday Books!!

The extra good news being, I loved this so much!

It starts off with our main three literally in a fight for their lives. Rescued by a cast of new characters, they board a starship from Earth, where they begin to learn all things Earthling.

It is at this time that they are made aware of the fact that the fate of planet Earth is on the line and they are amongst the only ones who can do something about it.

Now on a quest against time, with the future of the universe on the line, Franny, Court and Mykal have to push past their limits and fight against all odds until the ultimate finale.

As with the first book, this second is highly unique and wonderfully written.

It again kept me engaged from start to finish and I seriously did not want it to be over. It hurts my heart.

Admittedly, there were some intense twists at the end that at first had me scratching my head. Were they brilliant or were they there out of convenience?

After considering it, I came to the conclusion, I don't really care.

The story ended great. Was it perfect? No.

The pacing was a little off for me in this one. The middle dragged a wee bit and the end seemed a tad rushed but in its entirety, this is a great story.

This duology will continue to hold a special place in my heart and I recommend it to YA Scifi and Romance fans. If you weren't aware, there is quite a bit of romance in these books, mainly between Mykal and Court.

This being said, although there is romance, it definitely does not over shade the Scifi elements. At its core this is a Scifi story that I feel is accessible to all levels of Science-Fiction readers. So, whether you are new to the genre, or an old hat like myself, I think everyone can enjoy this!

I hope the authors produce more in this genre, as I really think they did an excellent job with this duology.

They should be very proud of their efforts. Now that the completed pair is on the shelves, this is the perfect time to head to your local bookseller, or favorite online retailer, and pick them both up for a binge session!
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759 reviews2,127 followers
August 21, 2019
3.5 stars

This conclusion was interesting. Actually, it was very different from what I was expecting. Which isn't bad at all - just notable.

Again, the authors know how to spin a well thought through and captivating story. A brand new plot, a new directive, and a glimmer of hope.

After enduring the cliffhanger from book 1 I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I had to know what was happening with my favorite trio. Color me ecstatic when I found out that there was someone else just waiting in the wings - to complete the trio in a way.

The bond between Franny, Court, and Mykal was as strong as ever, and the history of such a bond turned out to be as unique as the trio itself.

I still felt that the balance between the three was off at times, especially since Franny felt more like a third wheel than an equal partner. I wanted her to have someone to connect with on a deeper level as well. Someone that would balance it all out. I did get my wish in a sense - but it wasn't entirely satisfying.

The entire book wasn't as satisfying as The Ratings Ones. Even though I love the authors' writing style, I still feel like this duet was a pale comparison to their other books. On the other hand for someone that has never read anything by this author duo, and is a lover of all things YA and fantasy this duet would be a fantastic place to start with. It delivers everything a lover of all things sci-fi and YA might wish for. And it confirmed that I love sci-fi way more than YA fantasy.

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2,019 reviews15.7k followers
August 7, 2019
Krista and Becca Ritchie have masterfully blended sci-fi and romance in this book, the second installment of this entertaining duology. All the feels in outer space. This is a duology and the first book “The Raging Ones” should definitely be read first. The focus of this book is on the beloved trio from the first book Franny, Court, and Mykal. Imprisoned on an enemy starship with their “last hope” being a baby. There are also some new characters that added a bit of a splash, but honestly I enjoyed my time spent with the trio.

I don’t generally read sci-fi but this was a lot of fun! There was just the perfect amount of world building to keep it interesting, but I was never confused or overwhelmed with it. The characters were all well-developed, engaging, and likable (well most of them). The story was swiftly and perfectly paste, never a dull moment. The Romance was sweet and satisfying. This book was out of my comfort zone, out of this world, and showed me the stars. I’m really looking forward to what this writing duo has in store for us next.

*** thanks Wednesday Books/St Martin’s press for my copy of this book ***
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1,557 reviews3,814 followers
August 13, 2019

After reading and very much enjoying The Raging Ones, I couldn't wait to jump into this second installment. Especially with that cliffy still fresh in my mind ;)

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As I have said before...sci-fi is not really my thing but these two amazing authors have managed to pull me in from the very first page of the very first book. It was also a bit refreshing, reading something completely different. Just make sure you read the first book, before starting this one ;)

Court, Mykal and Franny's are in some predicament, but their bond is still as strong as ever, and help is about to come from somewhere (or I should say "someone") unexpected.. Stork is about to rescue the three...but nothing is for free. They will need to help him out with a new mission....a mission to save earth.

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What I enjoyed most of the first book was that I got to read all three POV's and therefore their thoughts. This way I didn't feel like anyone was excluded...since not all three of them are romantically involved. In this second installment, we also get a fourth POV, Stork's.

I myself really enjoyed the introduction of Stork, and I think Franny did as well... they were pretty cute ;) 

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Court and Mykal managed to even deepen their feelings for one another and it was lovely to be a part of that. 

If you are into sci-fi or you are willing to try something new, you should definitely give this series a go.

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1,710 reviews331 followers
August 13, 2019
”After all that we’ve been through, we deserve a better ending.”

Wow. That was fykking awesome. Mayday.

Well, what exactly can I say to describe this book without spoiling it? Honestly, not very much. What I can say is that Krista and Becca Ritchie once again take us on an adventure with our linked trio of Franny, Mykal, and Court.

We start off where we left off in book one. Then, somehow a whole new and unexpected mission begins. I read a few reviews before I started, that mentioned that TLH felt like an entirely new story, and I was a bit afraid. After reading, I can somewhat see that, but to me it feels like the next step in a journey. We get some new settings, a few new characters, the reappearance of some old ones, and a new mission. Our trio gets the much awaited answers to some of their (Ok Franny’s) questions. What I especially liked is the arc that Franny’s story takes. Of course I love Mykal and Court, but Franny was sort of the outlier even in TRO. In The Last Hope everyone has time to shine and finds more of their place.

All in all it’s just an all around good read. It kept me turning pages wanting to find out what would happen next. There is some world building once again in this book, but the authors kept it a bit tighter so it didn’t feel like reading another series opener. I can honestly say I enjoyed this installment a bit more than the first one. And the ending. Sigh. That’s all I can really say, but yeah. Sigh.

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805 reviews1,124 followers
August 14, 2019
Gosh, darn this book and its gosh darn addictiveness! I read it in one sitting! I don't know what this series does to me. I couldn't stop reading it. I was so invested in these characters it's not even funny.

Last year I read The Raging Ones and while I didn't absolutely love it, I was kind of slightly obsessed with it while reading. I was hooked with the characters and their strange and wonderful connection to each other. I was 100% there for this trio in book one. And I was just as into them when from the moment picked up book two.

This book picks up after book one leaves off. With some dangerous revelations and a world to fight for, our trio must join forces with a mysterious new character to find a magic baby and essentially save the world.

And yes, I am aware that this sounds a bit ridiculous at the end there, but bear with me, I'll address that in a moment.

The characters are what really make this story. It's not so much the adventure as it is the characters that are having the adventures. I loved Court and Mykal and Franny already, and I instantly loved the new character, Stork. They were so distinct from one another. So in sync and yet so unique. They were so full of life and personality and I could just read about them forever, just going about and living their crazy lives.

The concept of the story is also really interesting. I love the idea of having a set amount of time to live and seeing all the consequences of that be present in the story. I love the idea that the Saltarians are winning the war because they can't be killed before their deathday, and obviously they are going to send soldiers with far off deathdays. It's all so creative and interesting and cool.

And yet, this book wasn't perfect.

I had some issues with book one. Issues that I let slide because I was heavily invested in the characters. Some of the issues revolved around the fact that most of what actually happens in the book and most of the things that the plot hinges on are actually kind of ridiculous. This is where we bring back that magic prophesized baby. That threw me off for a minute. There were also a couple of things that seemed a little too far fetched. A little too convenient.

And yet, I read it in one day in spite of it all.

In the end, I think this is definitely a fun series that y'all should definitely give a chance to. It's interesting and fun and entertaining and utterly addicting. I also think it makes a perfect duology. I am so glad the authors didn't feel the need to drag it along and instead gave us a clean and satisfying conclusion.

Overall, I totally recommend this series if you want a quick, fun read with really compelling characters.

**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

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Author 36 books5,642 followers
April 17, 2019
August 13th, 2019 is the conclusion to this sci-fi/fantasy romance duology.

Court, Mykal, and Franny return! Two boys who have fallen deeply in love with each other, bound together with a girl they would kill for -- and in THE LAST HOPE, a new mysterious boy shows interest in Franny and shakes up the trio's dynamic!

We've LOVED every moment writing these characters and this world, and we can't wait for all of you to read how the big twist in THE RAGING ONES comes together in THE LAST HOPE ... and how it all ends. Thanks to everyone for taking a huge chance on us and these books *hugs all around*

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1,298 reviews1,955 followers
August 5, 2019
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Type: Book 2 of 2 from The Raging Ones duet
POV: First Person - Multiple

After weeks of being detained by the enemy, Court, Franny, and Mykal started to lose hope. In their desperate need to escape, a stranger offered them a way out by dangling the knowledge of their pasts for them to join an important mission that put the fate of humanity in their hands. Now, they must decide what’s important and how much they willing to risk to understand where they came from and save the planet at the same time.

While I enjoyed book 1, it didn’t really leave a deep impression so I went into this with no specific expectations. I’m pleased to say I enjoyed this book much more than the previous one.

It’s better to be cautious. To be alert. To be maddeningly strict and survive than to be starry-eyed in love and perish.

Court, Franny, and Mykal faced new experiences and environments in their quest. I loved seeing how they learn to adapt to their new surroundings and exploring their own humanity. And the new main character was a good addition in keeping the characters interesting.

There were a lot of things happening throughout the book, with secrets, twists and turns that some I figured out and some took me by surprise. I enjoyed the romantic element but it felt stilted at times.

Death is morbid here, I realize. But I see love in their tears as they weep for those they wished could’ve lived longer.

The Last Hope is a journey of self-discovery and survival. It’s the conclusion to The Raging Ones duet and would appeal to readers who enjoy romantic sci-fi.

Books in the series:
The Raging Ones (The Raging Ones, #1) by Krista Ritchie The Last Hope (The Raging Ones, #2) by Krista Ritchie

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1,524 reviews60 followers
August 20, 2019
Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Last Hope
By: Krista & Becca Ritchie

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I began The Last Hope blind because I never read The Raging Ones. I was confused at first, but bits of information began to show the bigger picture of the story. The link between Franny, Court and Mykal seems like a terrible thing to endure. I would hate it because there is no privacy, and it's kind of like being controlled. I grew to love these characters with all of their quirks and complexities. Each one is written so perfectly to occupy their own unique space, yet they share their humanity. Franny, Court and Mykal are learning what it means to be human, fragile and insecure with no known expiration date, and it's both scary and exciting. They want answers about their lives, and Stork has these answers, which he uses as leverage so they will aid him on an important mission. Stork is a new acquaintance who has a major impact on the lives of the three. Of course, they can't tell him about the link between them. How much does Stork already know? For all of his devil may care persona, Stork is actually very smart and observant. What information does he possess about Franny, Court and Mykal? Does Stork know how or why they ended up on the wrong planet? They agree to help with the mission in exchange for information. I won't delve into that, though. The story is sharp, fast paced and totally consuming. It's serious, funny, happy and sad. The characters are loveable, flawed and entertaining, and you will become so invested in the outcome because it's like you know them personally. Just read it, and you'll understand what I mean. I could not put this one down. From the first page, I was lost to everything else except reading this book. I definitely recommend!
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92 reviews100 followers
January 20, 2021
3.5 I wasn’t that invested in the plot but all that changed around 85% in, when the story gained a new dimension and I almost teared up (and later on did cry). A new main character, Stork is introduced and even though he’s the natural enemy of the previous three main characters, I wouldn’t classify his relationship with them as hateful. I wasn’t feeling the second romance that was happening nor did I particularly connect with Stork. I was once again enamoured with the original MCs relationship. Taking sides between Saltarians and Humans was surprisingly hard but I found myself rooting for humanity to be saved upon learning the specifics.

I expected that The Last Hope would answer the questions I had about the world and even though it did answer a lot, I still have some unanswered which isn’t fun provided that it’s the last book. It’s details mainly but still wished they were touched on. I wanted to see the main characters interact with the human crew more (particularly the higher-ups), instead they were secluded. I would have liked to see more of Court’s relationship with his brother and their interactions were the bare minimum. The last chapters made up for the slow pace of the book even though the ending could have been stretched out. I’m left without absolute closure as we didn’t get to see the particulars of how things did happen like how they were received upon arrival and things like that. Overall, I did enjoy it, just wish we had more content after the point when the story became something more.
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775 reviews648 followers
September 2, 2019
One of my favorite releases of 2018, The Raging Ones, had me at the end of my seat and screaming for more. It's sequel and conclusion, The Last Hope, is quite the fitting end to Court, Mykal and Franny's story. If you haven't read The Raging Ones, beware of possible spoilers to that book ahead.

"I can do a lot of things terribly and a whole lot of things decently and then very few things miraculously."

This duology has always been a little bit science fiction and a little bit fantasy. I think that's one of the reasons I love it. The Last Hope absolutely expands upon the world-building presented in the first book, as well as the history of the Saltare planets and Earth. We get answers about the link and why Court, Mykal and Franny are the only ones with this bond. We also see and learn more about fan favorites such as Court's brother Kinden, Zimmer and the Soarcastle sisters. Finally, we are introduced to a new character, Stork, who is by-far my favorite of this book. He has a huge role to play in the story, despite his somewhat mysterious obligations and origins.

The Last Hope picks up very soon after The Raging Ones ended with that epic cliffhanger. Thank goodness for that! I can't get into too many details of what happens without spoiling the story, but the trio is in dire straights and near the end of the line. They meet the character Stork, who has been searching for the trio. He has the answers they seek, but to earn those answers he needs their help with what is essentially a search and rescue mission. A mission the whole human race is dependent upon.

"You're not my prisoner. I'm not your captor. If you ever want to leave, you can walk out of your own accord. I'll encourage you to stay. It'd be the smarter choice, but I'll never force you to stay here."

As the trio traverses their newfound identities, they also further build their friendships and find romance. This story has always been largely character driven, while taking place in an imaginative and unique setting. The trio is regularly faced with tempering their emotions for the sake of others, while learning how to use their link to their advantage.

I wouldn't say this sequel had a different feel than The Raging Ones, but it certainly opened the story to a far grander world and history than I had originally anticipated. I really, really love how this ended too. Seriously, happiness galore.

Overall, this is definitely still a favorite of mine and I highly recommend this duology!

Thank you to Wednesday Books for sending me a physical ARC, review copy via NetGalley and for inviting me on the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.

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514 reviews73 followers
August 2, 2019
Science fiction has never been a genre I was fond of. I'm more of a fantasy and romance reader, but Krista and Becca Ritchie have made me a fan!

The Last Hope is a fantastic conclusion to The Raging Ones duology. I devoured every page of this story, unable to read the words fast enough. Krista and Becca Ritchie imbued the perfect amounts of adventure, suspense, and romance into The Last Hope.

As long as the Ritchie sisters keep writing science fiction, I will keep reading it!

I voluntarily received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
July 27, 2022
Honestly just as good as I remembered I only wish there were like 5 more books in the series because I did NOT get enough Franny x Stork or them happy on Earth lol
OH MY GODDDDD. I DID IT. FINISHED TODAY AND I'M FUCKING CRYING. GUYS. This comes out today and if you haven't picked up the Raging Ones yet DO IT NOW OR ELSE. I'm not kidding. This book is EVERYTHING. It answers every fykking question you might have had...you get all of your old favorite characters...a kick ass story line...JUST FUCKING READ IT, OKAY?!

Real review to come...lol


One of two things always happen when I finish a really great book. Either I immediately can write an extremely long and gushing review or I get stuck in the haze that is a major book hangover and have to wait until a later time to actually leave a review. I currently feel like I’m stuck in the later of those two options but I need to just get this review into the world anyway. It’s probably because I just started reading last night, stayed up late, and then spend most of this morning ignoring all else except for this book. I really had wanted to re-read The Raging Ones first but this one just kept calling to me and I physically couldn’t wait to start any longer.

This book picks up right after the first one ends. Court, Mykal, and Franny have been separated from the rest of their team and thrown into a cell and are being starved since being found out to be human. Naturally, they are all on the edge of a major breakdown, especially since Court is dying from infection. It’s pretty damn tense and while I KNEW they would get out, things were looking pretty bad. Enter Stork. Ohhh hooooo I should have known this boy was going to become pretty damn special. I loved his sassy attitude and how he got under Franny’s skin so easily. I loved how we could see his obvious struggle with wanting to share things with the trio but torn with not wanting to disobey the wishes of the admirals that gave up their lives.

The more and more he does them though is just so intriguing. I love that every question that Franny had from the last book, that WE as readers had, is tied up nicely. This is seriously one of the most unique premises that I have ever read and while there were some iffy spots with the plot in the first book, this book fucking rocked. I honestly don’t want to get too deep into it because there may be a twist that is AMAZING and that you won’t see coming and I wouldn’t want that to be spoiled for anyone. Just know that you will be HOOKED. And….that you might cry several times…..

Honestly the best part of this series, unique plot aside, is always going to be the characters. I can say that about any of their books, actually. They always take the time to curate this characters that anyone can find similarities with. They sink their hooks into your soul and never leave. Even more than that, the relationships that they all have with one another are always so beautiful and memorable. Whether they be romantic, familial, or friendships, I can tell you right now that they will be some my most favorite. The bond between Court, Mykal, and Franny is as strong as in the first book, if not stronger. Getting to see all of them love each other so much that they try to avoid certain things so as to not make the others’ life harder (Franny trying to suppress her feelings/desire for Stork) just hurt so much but also just proved to me even more how much they all were willing to do with one another. I think they really learn in this book that while they are what they are to each other, that they (especially Franny) can’t hold back from anything just because they are worried about the connection.

Getting to see more of Zimmer, Kinden, Padgett, and Gem was so fun, too. Everyone had their own perfect role and they all still meshed so well. Seeing the brothers spend more time together (maybe one more pair than we first had :) ) warmed my fykking heart. Court and Mykal’s happy ending warmed my fykking heart. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST. STORK AND FRANNY AHHHHHHHH. I ship it. I ship them SO HARD. I died every single time he called her dove and smirked at her and ugh…….my heart. I’m not lying when I say I am VERY close to starting this over immediately. Instead I think I’ll just have to actually go back and reread The Raging Ones like I had wanted and see where the wind takes me after that.

P.S. This book had so many good quotes but I was a failure and didn’t highlight because I was too caught up...lol...next time

HUGE thanks to Edelweiss and Wednesday Books for allowing me to read an eARC in exchange for an honest review
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885 reviews123 followers
August 14, 2019
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This is a hard review to write because it’s one of those books that made me feel so much, and how do you accurately put that into words, especially without spoilers??? I don’t know, but I’m gonna keep this spoiler-free and do my best.

This book was even better than the first. I was already invested in the characters and their relationships, so I loved that the authors wasted no time and were able to jump right into things. And then with some new info and a new situation and a new character thrown into the mix, there was so much angst and tension and longing and confusion and pain but also moments of sweetness and comfort and joy.

I can’t go into detail, but I can say that I wasn’t expecting this book to make me so emotional. I actually shed a few tears—a rare thing for me—and kind of just felt like bursting into tears throughout the whole ending. Were they sad tears or happy tears, you ask? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out! There was also just a lot of tension and emotion throughout the book.

There were so many great characters that made me feel for them and care about them. Court, so closed-off and constantly struggling with conflicting feelings of the coldness inside him vs his inability to stop caring. Mykal, with all his roughness and cheer and emotion, always whittling and sewing and doing things the Grenpale way. Franny, with her big heart and her feistiness. Kinden, pompous and arrogant but a good person. Stork, always an outsider, struggling with responsibility and grief and a drinking problem. Zimmer, with his laidback attitude, just wanting to have some adventures before his death day.

There were so many great relationship dynamics among them all too. So much angst and longing in Court and Mykal’s relationship, but also so much tenderness and sweetness that made me say awwwwww. Kinden’s fierce loyalty to Court. The brotherly care between Mykal and Stork. The tension and chemistry between Franny and Stork. The friendship between Franny and Zimmer, two Fast Trackers who understood each other. The protective and easy friendship between Franny and Mykal. The growing understanding and care between Franny and Court.

*Quote below is from an advance copy and may be different in the final book.*

“You have that cross face about you. Like you enjoy wringing happiness by the neck.”

“I don’t enjoy it,” I say curtly, and in all the gods-forsaken places I could rest my narrowed eyes, they fall to his mouth.

Mykal mumbles with his cigarette, “Ah, so you’re looking to be kissed then.”

Of course I also loved the emotional/sensory link between the three main characters again. It added so much emotion and gave the characters a unique dynamic since they couldn’t hide things from each other. Sometimes it was a blessing, sometimes a curse, but it was always interesting to read about.

I was also just gripped and read this a lot quicker than I planned to because I got sucked in.

My one real complaint is that, once again, there were a lot of things that pushed my suspension of disbelief. If not for this, I would’ve rated the book even higher. But I was able to rant in my head for moment, take a deep breath, and accept them. Because yes, some things made no sense, some things were forced in there for plot reasons, but the things I liked about this book outweighed that issue. Any book that can make me feel so much that I shed actual tears is a great book to me.

Overall, this was a great book with lovable characters I cared about, complex bonds and relationships between them, and all the feels, and it was a great ending to this YA sci-fi duology!

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Fans of Book 1 in Krista & Becca Ritchie's The Raging Ones series. Anyone who likes YA, empathic connections, lovable characters, and adorable relationships.

Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight


Initial Thoughts:
I wasn't expecting this to make me so emotional 😭 Even better than the first. Full review soon!
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August 10, 2019

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General Review:

This book was FANTASTIC! I absolutely adore Krista and Becca’s writing style! The book is so easy and fun to read, yet every sentence feels structured and thought out with just the right string of words. I love the pacing and the flow of this book. It helps that I flipped a table after finishing The Raging Ones in my eager anger for not knowing what happens next so some of my favorite characters in YA literature!

If you have not yet read The Raging Ones, be wary that this review will have some spoilers in relation to events in the first book (including the ending), but I will try to avoid spoilers for The Last Hope. You have been warned.

So as you know, we have three main character perspectives from book one: Franny, Mykal, and Court. These three are “linked” together for some unknown reason and can feel each other’s emotions as well as physical things that are happening to them, even from a distance. The thing is, this is a strange phenomenon. They have passed their deathdays, and must keep this link secret, otherwise they may become galactic experiment number one.

Through most of book one, Franny, Court, and Mykal power through a special program hoping to be the one to take a starcraft to space. Well, they ended up commandeering it with a few others, one of which is Court’s brother, Kinden. The book ends with the capture of Franny, Court, and Mykal by a Salterian craft, calling them human.

Human? What does that mean? When we start book two, Franny, Court, and Mykal have been locked in a cell for a month, barely being taken care of, hardly enough food to keep them alive. When a man named Stork arrived to deliver them to freedom, of course the linked trio is on edge. They just don’t know who to trust anymore, and who is this Stork guy anyway? (Well guess what, Stork gets two perspective chapters on top of our main three!)

Three human admirals from an Earth craft have sacrificed themselves in exchange for Court, Mykal, and Franny, who are actually a part of a greater scheme to save planet Earth, but Stork (and everybody else around them) won’t tell them jack about the planet their people are from!

Now they are being asked to find a baby on Saltare-1 that can teleport planets so that they can use this mythical child to teleport Earth a safe distance from the Saltarians that want to wipe them out!

The first third of the book is falling into Mykal, Court, and Franny’s situation, getting to know Stork, and setting up their time on the Earth starcraft. The middle section is some great character development, relationship building, and preparation to infiltrate Saltare-1 and find this special baby. The last third of the book is going to the planet and finding the baby. Like I said, I really thought the pacing was well done. The whole time I was at the edge of my seat thinking “80% through already? HOW ARE KRISTA AND BECCA GOING TO FINISH THIS STORY!?”

I absolutely adored the ending. One of the driving forces of the plot is the link between the characters. I would have been disappointed if the link was never revealed, and I am not disappointed! I love the explanation and the science thought out behind it! I love what the link means for the three characters and just how important they are to each other.

Other aspects of this book I love: A love interest for Franny! While I adore Mykal and Court’s “coupling,” I always felt a bit sad that Franny wasn’t really a part of the romance, though I still love their connection and need to care for each other as a trio. I also love the point near the end where everything gets explained, but the baby’s name and her origin most of all–yo, I cried. That was such a moving moment. While some of the science made me say “hmm, really?” for the most part, I loved every aspect of the explanation for the link, humanity, Earth, the baby–EVERYTHING! Like I said…I cried. Most books don’t do that to me. I also liked Zimmer, Padgett, Gem, and Kinden returning to be a rather large part of this novel as well. The relationship developments between the eight characters is vastly intriguing.

I’m not really sure what else to say because I WANT TO GIVE EVERYTHING AWAY IT WAS SO GOOD, but that would be rude. I guess you will just have to read this book for yourself. The Raging Ones and The Last Hope are two of my favorite books EVER WRITTEN and I know a number of people who will be getting this recommendation. It is also a duology that has some more serious elements to it that I would love to bring to a high school classroom in some way.
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September 3, 2019
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The Buzz

I really enjoyed The Raging Ones last year and was anxious to get back to Court, Mykal and Franny and learn their fate! You really have to read that one to be invested in The Last Hope... but you'll be happy to know that this is a duology!! (So yeah if you only enjoy a series when its totally out then this is the series to pick up!!)

I thought the title, The Last Hope, fit the book so much better than The Raging Ones fit that book. And I will admit that the cover design is head and shoulders better simply because the color choices are a lot cleaner and better chosen.

The Premise

The Last Hope picks up right where we left off in The Raging Ones. We're in space, on an enemy ship, and just had a bomb thrown in our linked protagonists laps!! That's about all I can tell you, but it was a great place to end and it's just as good a place to start The Last Hope from. I was totally puzzled how they were going to get out of the situation. I was also boiling over with the same questions that are now boiling through the minds of Court, Mykal and Franny! How could what they learned be? How did it happen that way?

It's pretty shocking who comes for them and how they get free. I really enjoyed it and was jazzed that we were finally going to get answers. I loved that Court and Mykal who didn't much care for answers were willing to go through all of this trouble to get Franny answers. Because of their more intimate relationship it can seem like Franny is the odd man out. I never felt that way. Just because you're bonded doesn't mean you need to have sex. They truly cared about her and what she was experiencing. I liked how the authors took the bond and gave us the next level... It's a lot like love. Anyone can fall in love, but who makes it last...?

Answers don't come until the later half of The Last Hope but Court, Mykal and Franny work together to obtain those answers. I especially loved the twist at the end. It's sad but happy at the same time. It's really a roller coaster ride. I suggest you refrain from reading the premise as it reveals too much. I skipped it and found the story was more gripping than it would have been had I been reminded what was in store.

My Experience

When Stork walked on screen I knew I would love him. He's mysterious, dutiful and a little cheeky. A really great combination. I loved how his relationship with Franny developed and that it wasn't instalove in the least. It was quite natural. They have a deep connection that we only learn about over time but I really appreciated that they had their own link to one another just like Court and Mykal have. Stork really is a highlight of The Last Hope.

I found the pacing to be a little off. In particular there is 25% right in the middle of the book that is rather boring. Nothing really happens except a lot of back and forth. Since this is a duology we really didn't need this kind of filler. In fact, the secondary characters that love and support Court, Mykal and Franny don't get to do much to love and support them. These pages would have been better devoted to giving them some major screen time. We don't even get any major or intimate dialogues between them and our protagonists which really disappointed me.

However, I was totally in love with the mission!! The best part of the world building wasn't in space (even though that worked well for me too) it was down on the planet. This time we got to visit a different locale but with the same excellent world building we were already familiar with. Each interaction was a tad rushed but I enjoyed them nevertheless wanting to see just where this wild ride ended.

Some of their circumstances were contrived. Yet they also made sense. The answers came across as anti-climatic in a way... but also really poignant. Some may find the twist a bit extreme. I totally loved it. At the end of the day The Last Hope was super creative. The sci-fi aspects of the story were pushed to their extreme and gave us a wild and emotional ride. You want fun and crazy? The Last Hope supplies is all!

Why does The Raging Ones and The Last Hope make a great duology?

-Extreme Sci-fi!
The wildly creative ideas that our authors use are really out there. Its too much to expect to string them out over three books.

-Diverse Relationships!
You're probably thinking I mean the queer relationship... and that's part of it. But most see a relationship with three people to be unnatural. Two books explored this well.

-Wild World Building!
People can't die until a specific date?! Crazy, right? The second planet was just different enough to give us a satisfying revisit to the world of the first. Three would have been too much.

-Over the Top Twists!
We're already entering an extreme story environment, so to take the twists to the next level only makes sense. We obtain the questions in the first book and get the answers in the second.

-Emotive, Emotive, Emotive!
The Last Hope gives us different emotions than The Raging Ones, but I really loved how invested I was in everyone and how they felt. The writing really pumped this part up.

The Last Hope was a high octane ride through crazy sci-fi imagination land and I enjoyed every minute of it! As a duology there was just enough pages to explore a three way relationship and the way they worked out how to save an entire culture! The Ritchie sisters are authors to watch...

⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Authenticity
⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Writing Style
⋆ ⋆ ⭐⭐⭐ Plot & Pacing
⋆ ⭐⭐⭐⭐ World Building
B+ Cover & Title grade

Thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. It has not influenced my opinions.

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1,683 reviews597 followers
August 18, 2019
5 Stars

Wonderful close to this series! I thoughourly enjoyed the stories of the linked 3 and the relationship between Franny and Stork. I think I can even say that I liked this one more than the first and found myself crying a few times!
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June 15, 2019
**ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review**


The Last Hope is the conclusion to The Raging Ones Duet. I was happy to be reunited with the great set of characters. The blurb summarizes this book perfectly so I will not really go into that. Krista and Becca did a great job with this duet. It was original, mysterious, suspenseful, emotional, funny and romantic. It did take me longer to finish this book, I didn't get the urge to binge-read it in one or two sittings. There were a couple of times, especially in the beginning of the book, that I thought the story was moving too fast. I had no idea how everything could be resolved in one book. However, the authors surprised me and did a pretty good job in telling a complete story.

Franny, Court, and Mykal are such amazing main characters and I enjoyed reading their POVs. All the side characters were very important as well, and I loved how all the relationships developed even further. We learn so much new in this book and a couple of those revelations really surprised me, and added another layer to the story. I think the authors did a great job in adding the twist to the story. I loved that everything was so easy to understand, and not confusing (which is sometimes the case with fantasy/scifi books). I really enjoyed this duet and am very sad to say goodbye to all the characters. I really hope Krista and Becca will decide to write more books in this genre, because they are pretty good at it.
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May 27, 2019
3 1/2 stars

My heart is still beating up a storm in my chest, and I can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to these characters already. I had such a great time reading this??


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43 reviews13 followers
April 1, 2019
A wonderful ending to Court, Mykal, and Franny's story! Fans of The Raging Ones will not be disappointed.
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273 reviews91 followers
October 22, 2019
a bit boring and i felt like it was kind of a slow pace. the ending?? idk how to describe it but it felt like choppy and weird and not a real ending.
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April 16, 2019
ARC provided by the Publisher through Netgalley

so good! review to come
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370 reviews236 followers
June 20, 2019
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Krista and Becca Ritchie are autobuy authors from me since their addicted series, and when I found out they were writing a sci-fi young adult duology I immediately felt the hype in my soul. It definitely was the perfect conclusion, I loved Frannie, Mykal and Court with my entire heart. Their bond and their love was something I’ve never read before. Mykal and Court are definitely one of my favorite m/m couples and I will always always keep them close in my heart. I wish we had more of Frannie and Stork for me to actually root for them (a part of me will always love Frannie and Zimmer more, my selfless baby boy [insert sad emoji]) I hope the authors will go back to write more sci-fi in the future because I feel they are doing it really well.
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2,330 reviews166 followers
August 5, 2019
I don't know what to say, other than I wish it had never ended.

It’s been a few weeks now, since I finished The Last Hope, and I still haven’t reconciled that it's really over. Krista and Becca Ritchie gave me more than I could have ever asked for, more than I could have even imagined, in the conclusion to Court, Mykal, and Franny’s story. I’m getting weepy again, just thinking about saying a final good-bye to them, and the rest of the crew.

I’ve been waiting on The Last Hope since I closed the final page of The Raging Ones last year- it’s been my most anticipated book of 2019. And K & B did not let me down. There were twists I wasn’t expecting, turns I wasn’t prepared for, and tears I couldn’t contain. From the moment I started The Raging Ones, until I read the last word in The Last Hope, the world that these ladies created held me captive. I wish I could have transported myself, to be with Franny, Mykal, and Court, as they went on this incredible journey.

The Last Hope was such a wonderful story, I loved everything about it...except the fact that it had to end. It was such an intriguing and entertaining story, really heartfelt and oh so compelling.
I loved seeing Mykal and Court’s relationship deepen, even with the obstacles they faced. Ugh, I just adore them. I really enjoyed seeing a different side to Franny in this story, there was a lot she had to come to terms with and I liked being right there along side her. I love the connection that these three share. It was interesting to see how they learned to handle such an important part of themselves- how they were able to accept it and use it, and how to distance themselves from it as well. I loved the new character who was introduced, and the old friends we got to see again.

This is such a special duet. It’s one I know I’ll be revisiting again and again, because it’s just so hard to say good-bye.
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December 26, 2019
Ack! I accidentally deleted my review, like a bonehead trying to consolidate my kindle and audiobooks. *smacks forehead*

So here is the short and sweet revamp. This was my first audiobook. Yay me. Unfortunately, I'm not sure if my disconnect with the book stemmed from the fact that this was an audiobook-or because I just didn't connect as much with the sequel as I did with The Raging Ones. Overall, I liked it fine...just didn't love. I'll try another audiobook just to see if it's me or audiobooks, that I don't gel with. Although, that may be difficult if I am not sure if I'm not going to love the book...hmmm, something to ponder.

3 stars.
February 25, 2021
This is the best book I’ve read in 2019. And I don’t see anything topping it. This is a high bar, but this may be the best book Krista and Becca have ever written. I thought The Raging Ones was a great story, but this was so much better.

I’m going to avoid spoilers, but eventually I thinking I’m going to have to go there. Maybe I’ll do a discussion video on my YouTube channel.

The characters are fantastic. I think Franny is still my favorite, but Court and Mikhal are also fantastic. I started to really like Court (as his own person) and not just as part of the friendship trio or a couple. There was so much great character development in this story. Not just the main three-I love the side characters, too. There’s a new character introduced in this book who I’m living for.

That plot!!! I had no idea where this was going to go after The Raging Ones ended. I could never have predicted this plot, but it was exactly what I needed. Just like the first book, so much happened, but it was paced perfectly. After these two books, Krista and Becca could teach a master class in story construction.

Sci-fi isn’t a genre I reach for all the time. Sometimes it confuses me too much and interferes with my enjoyment. This was the perfect amount of sci-fi world building for me. The Ritchies’ word choice was a great tool for explaining differences. I can’t wait to re-read The Raging Ones (again) with all the new knowledge I have.

I have no idea if Krista and Becca will ever write another non-contemporary story, but I really hope they do. The world needs more stories like this. I also can’t wait for the audio book. I hope it has the same narrators as the first one, because they were spectacular. Their voice-acting with this beautiful story would be beyond perfection.

OK, I’ll stop fangirling now.
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514 reviews77 followers
August 6, 2019
You can also read this review on my blog illbefinealonereads.

A huge thanks to Wednesday Books for the e-arc and the chance to be a part of this blog tour.

While The Raging Ones weaved a story of intrigue and mystery, and topped it off with one hell of a cliffhanger, The Last Hope picked up where the previous book left off, tangled the story further, then untangled it, and it was all so fun to witness.
The Last Hope is one of the most unputdownable sequels I’ve ever encountered.
The connection I felt to the characters when I read the first book was not lost in the second. The writing flowed very well, even with the multiple POVs. I really enjoyed how the plot was set up, the pacing was good, but so was the way the events transpired, it gave me enough time to get to know the new characters before the rest of the old ones joined in, and it didn’t cause me much confusion.
The story was incredible, so engaging, and unpredictable. The mixture of romance and friendship was beautifully balanced with the action of the plot. It was so enjoyable.
I recommend The Last Hope, especially if you’ve read the first book. If not, why not pick up both? You won’t regret it.

*Copy received through NetGalley
*Rating 5/5 stars


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687 reviews27 followers
June 5, 2019
We are together. We are one, and we are two and then three, and finally, we have found real, everlasting peace

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3 / 5

I really loved The Raging Ones: I thought it was so creative, with a setting on a frozen world with a lilac sky where everyone knows the date that they will die, and a trio of soulbonded characters where the two men are in love. I knew it was going to be a hard act to follow and The Last Hope was a good book, but it was a little "far out".

"You know, you carry yourself like you have a thousand secrets"

The book picks up where it left off: Franny, Court, and Mykal in the brig of a starship, accused on being Human rather than Saltarian as they have always believed. The empire of Saltare spans a number of planets and our trio grew up on the smallest and most provincial of the four, never subjected to a DNA scanner. Saltare and Earth have been at war for years and Earth is losing because Saltarians can only die on their deathday. Kind of hard to fight an enemy that you can't kill.

The trio are rescued by a new character to the show - Stork - who gets his own point of view chapters, they join up with the Earthen fleet and end up on some hair-brained goose chase involving a prophesied magical baby. The plot is, to be honest, kind of whack. The high point of this book is definitely the characters: Court, Mykal, and Franny are still distinct, realistic, gritty, lovable characters. And then Stork gets added to the mix, tough, devoted, loving Stork who knows what it is to grow up somewhere you don't truly belong.

It's better to be cautious. To be alert. To be maddeningly strict and survive than to be starry-eyed in love and perish

This book is fantastically written - all the characters have their unique signature, so I always knew exactly whose chapter I was reading without having to check. Mykal is rough and gruff with slang, Court is precise and in pain, Franny is full of emotion and filled with a sense of urgency, and Stork is reflective and drunk at least 50% of the time. I also thought that this series worked really well as a duology.

I seriously recommend that people give this series a shot - it's creative, full of life and ideas and fantastic characters.

My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the authors for an ARC of The Last Hope. 

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