What a jam packed second book. I was a little worried that The Second Rebel might fall into a second book syndrome, but NOPE. I never expected to fall so in love with The First Sister, but I did. The world, the characters, the multiple POV? LOVE. Keep reading this book review for my full thoughts.
Astrid has reclaimed her name and her voice, and now seeks to bring down the Sisterhood from within. Throwing herself into the lioness’ den, Astrid must confront and challenge the Aunts who run the Gean religious institution, but she quickly discovers that the business of politics is far deadlier than she ever expected.
Meanwhile, on an outlaw colony station deep in space, Hiro val Akira seeks to bring a dangerous ally into the rebellion. Whispers of a digital woman fuel Hiro’s search, but they are not the only person looking for this link to the mysterious race of Synthetics.
Lito sol Lucious continues to grow into his role as a lead revolutionary and is tasked with rescuing an Aster operative from deep within an Icarii prison. With danger around every corner, Lito, his partner Ofiera, and the newly freed operative must flee in order to keep dangerous secrets out of enemy hands.
Back on Venus, Lito’s sister Lucinia must carry on after her brother’s disappearance and accusation of treason by Icarii authorities. Despite being under the thumb of Souji val Akira, Lucinia manages to keep her nose clean…that is until an Aster revolutionary shows up with news about her brother’s fate, and an opportunity to join the fight.
I cannot more highly recommend the audiobook of The Second Rebel. It features multiple narrators and makes the different characters come alive. It will tear your heart out so I’ll take your thanks ahead of time. And the multiple POV has to be one of my favorite elements because it is balanced masterfully in The Second Rebel. Not only are the characters allowed to truly shine, to explore their inner conflicts and turmoil, but we’re able to get a comprehensive view of the world. Of the ways their actions seem personal, but will have rippling consequences.
The Second Rebel is rich and expansive. The pacing never feels like it’s lulling and I found myself wanting to keep listening to get to the next chapter. That’s how you know you love a book! Now that they’re more established in our hearts, The Second Rebel blooms and evolves. I am consistently impressed with the scope, character development, and introspection. It asks questions about corruption, empathy, and doing the right thing.
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