Day of Reckoning (Volume 2) Paperback – June 21, 2014
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About the Author
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Paperback : 446 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1500200786
- ISBN-13 : 978-1500200787
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.01 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 21, 2014)
- Item Weight : 1.44 pounds
- Language: : English
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The author has a very effective way of revealing information to the reader which, to their shock and horror, the characters later discover. One of those that had a profound impact on me was when Dawn discovers that Drew isn't really dead but was being tortured while she hung out in the Prophet's main Texas city and even went to a party (to try and deaden her pain):
“I know,” he says. His voice has lost its fire; its passion. His usual confidence is gone. I don’t recognize this boy. I had dreamed about being reunited with Drew but it was nothing like this. I never imagined that it would be so uncomfortable. I never imagined I would feel this lost around him. He was going through hell while I was spending time with his captors. ~Dawn, 'Day of Reckoning' (Dawn of Rebellion Series Book 2) (Kindle Location 903).
If, after reading the first book, you are wondering if Gabby and Dawn will be reunited with their mother... this book answer that and many more plot twists and threads that were introduced in the first book. As dark as this book is, multiple wars, on multiple fronts, and Captain Collins sometimes seems like the only wise man in the bunch... with his awareness that "doing right for one group means doing wrong for another," as the people left after global warming, disease, and war, all battle for the remaining resources... even if they have to kill others to get kill other survivors to do so. There are moments of levity, you may laugh out loud at Dawn or, most likely, Gabby's sense of humor (black irony at the situations they are sometimes in). The love of sisters, despite very different political allegiances and thoughts about what is moral and ethical, shines through. There is a bit of light romance as well. I look forward to seeing how certain plotlines come together; what will happen when the entire Nolan is reunited? This was a fast read and interesting book in a sea of same-old same-old YA PA knock-offs (where THG and other stories are poorly regurgitated). Happy reading~*
They discover, for example, that the father Gabby and Dawn thought was dead is not and that an America they were told was uninhabited is actually teeming with people: Texans, rebels, freedom fighters and just plain folk who are trying to eke out a living in a damaged land.
In 'Day of Reckoning' author Michelle Lynn brings us the second installment in her trilogy of the adventures of Dawn, Gabby and Drew. Written in her rapid-fire style, which features short and snappy chapters that are narrated by different characters, Lynn picks up the story as the sisters, Drew and some new allies find themselves in one predicament after another.
It is a tribute to her storytelling ability that despite the fact her chapters are sometimes no longer than a single page, Lynn is able to define her characters in such a way that readers have no trouble readily identifying with them. There are authors who need pages and pages of description to give readers a sense of who their protagonists are and why they act as they do but Lynn manages to do this beautifully with a few well-placed words here and there. Her ability to do that is remarkable as is her ability to draw readers into the narrative without boring them to tears with endless descriptions of the places her characters find themselves in and the battles - both in their hearts and minds as well as against external enemies - they fight.
'Day of Reckoning' is a crackling good adventure story but, just as 'Dawn of Rebellion' was, it is much more than that. Lynn uses her characters to make sharp observations about loyalty, blind faith in leaders who may not deserve it, the value of friendship, the enduring bonds of family and love. She also sets into sharp focus the courage it takes to "do the right thing" even when it would be so much easier - and safer - to "go along to get along."
The narrative is tightly focused and although this is dystopian fiction Lynn has crafted a very believable story: One that readers can lose themselves in as they follow Gabby, Dawn, Drew and some intriguing new characters - including a hard-bitten female rebel commander who has spent her life trying to overthrow the British power structure - on one adventure after another.
The conclusion to the trilogy is due out later this year and I, for one, cannot wait to read it.
In Day of Reckoning, we pick up where the story ended in the first book, Dawn of Rebellion. I felt the author did a wonderful job developing her characters on a deeper level with this installment. I really felt a connection with them. The storyline does cover new territories and the additional characters were welcomed. The different POV’s were handled nicely and I never found myself confused. I rather enjoyed being able to experience each character's emotions.
There were a few twist and surprises, which is why I didn't summarize the story. I hate spoilers and there was one surprise that is worth waiting for. If you read the first story, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Overall, this is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. At one point, I was crying, even though I knew what was happening. That is how good the writing is. You better believe I downloaded the next book right away.
The relationships between Dawn, Gabby, and the girls' parents continues to evolve. The story twists and turns as friends turn out to be something other than who the girls think they are. Action and betrayal drives the plot forward, keeping the girls in constant jeopardy and frequently at odds with each other.
Like the first book, this one ends on another cliff-hanger that leads to the third and final installment in the series.
Top reviews from other countries
I love the author's writing style and I enjoy reading the story from the views of the different characters. I really love the way the characters are brought to life. I feel as if I am there in the book. The characters are incredible well defined and I love the uniquness of each character.
I can't wait to get stuck into Eve of Tomorrow.
The ending of Dawn of Rebellion had me on edge and I could not wait to read this book to see what had happened to my favourite characters... Drew, I mean Drew.
I honestly don't even know where to begin with this book, I loved it so much, I can't even explain. The characters began to develop and tell their back stories which makes you relate to them even more.
I'm still not that keen in Gabby. I started to warm to her towards the end of the book one she started to realise the seriousness of the path she was taking, but I'm not sure if she's ever going to see everything in the way that Dawn does. At least she seems to know who the 'good guys' are at the moment. Hopefully she doesn't take things too far!
I have been worried for Jeremy's life twice now. I hope we find out about him very early on in Eve of Tomorrow. I'm not sure I can take the wait!
I could ramble on about these characters forever, especially Drew. He's my favourite, if you hadn't noticed..
I kept getting a little confused with some of the narrative voices again, but I do think that's because I'm so used to reading and writing in third person. It's very clearly stated who is talking underneath the chapter title - I just can't seem to figure it out...
I don't think the themes in this book will ever not be relevant to real life. Peace will never happen as long as there are men and women in this world who crave power and the need to dominate over others. With power comes madness, as proved by Jonathan. I really hope he meets a sticky end!
Basically, I loved this book. Bring on Eve of Tomorrow!