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If you haven't read the first book in the Converters series, go and read it now then come grab this one, the second book! For all you YA book lovers out there this is a series that I highly recommend. I have read way too many YA series out there and this is definitely up there in my top 5 favorite series!!
Sometimes when I read (as I'm sure you all have similar times) I can read through in one sitting, or my time is demanded and needed many places that I have to stretch a book out over a long period of time. Drawing out every moment and making me think about and process it longer. Well this book fell under the category of not a lot of free time to read this week. I felt like I was reading it in important segments. Desiree on the run, then back home, crazy upheaval, on the run, safety, angst, planning, running, fighting, hiding, practicing...you get the idea. I'm glad I got to really savor the moments of this book, it gave me lots of time to think about Desiree's character and what she was experiencing.
Now I'm trying to be spoiler free but since it's a second book some things might shed a light on the first book but I'm hoping not enough to spoil that for you, so you should be safe to read this review if you haven't read the first book.
My review of The Convergence had me telling you all about how awesome Desiree is, she's a spitfire type character that isn't afraid to search and get answers, she takes a lot of punches and keeps on standing. Yet by the end of the first book and the beginning of The Keep we see that those punches, some of the answers, and having to be on the run has started to wear her down. She's on guard yet many circumstances occur and it leaves her almost broken. I almost don't want to use the word broken but reading her thoughts and watching the choices she makes shows she has felt very keenly the pain and she doesn't want that pain to be felt by others. So she has an inner turmoil of what to do, how to act, who to be throughout this book. The writing was very well done in showing those struggles without forcing the reader to feel as if we're being told exactly what we should see. Hopefully that makes sense. The question is will she be able to break through this "brokenness" to protect all she holds dear or will she let it suppress her awesomeness and power as a converter?
Now it isn't just Desiree's character that we see this same character growth and change in. I really felt that all the characters were given lots of page time so that we could connect well with them and see how each in turn was coping and processing the many, many twists and turns that kept coming. Blake is the rock, he's there for Desiree through it all. I loved the dynamic of their relationship. It was intense and yet the balance of each other not pushing and forcing but supporting fit so well with these two characters. Denny had so many great moments. I loved his lines. He's happy, even through his heartache he finds a way to have joy and not let anyone take his personality and vitality away from him. His advice to Desiree is always what she needs to hear and she realizes that he isn't helpless but is quite capable of handling whatever comes his way.
Oh and the crazy characters in this one...wow! Let's just say that they keep the intensity up and moving full speed, you never know what curve is coming from them, but you know to not mess with the power crazed and hungry. There are a couple new key players that I want to mention but I'm not going to. What? Why am I telling you about them but not telling you about them? Because I can't. I just can't, if I do then you will know who I like and who I despise and that would give away a lot, so read it and see if you can guess which is which...
Now I'm in the waiting game to see what happens next. But good news, it isn't a huge cliffhanger. There's a lot left open but the ending has a good sense of closure. There's plenty of intensity there but I feel that after watching Desiree's discovery of herself and coming to terms with everything that has happened to her in a few months time, the book feels like it comes full circle. It's a great set up for book three. Honestly if you are looking for a great gift for a teen aged child for Christmas(or another occasion-I chose Christmas because it's coming soon) I would highly recommend starting them off with the first two books. Then they'll be waiting anxiously like me for book number three! ;-)
Content wise, I would say this is a clean read, almost squeaky clean but there are some fights throughout. The fights aren't graphic but there's some intensity and a couple deaths. The romance is very low key with a couple great kisses.
After escaping the clutches of Amplified Industries, Desi is informed by her mentor/love interest Blake that all is forgiven and she can return home. She no sooner gets there, however, when tragedy strikes in the form of Doren, her maniacal foe from A.I. who is determined to revenge himself on Desi by punishing those she loves.
On the run again, she, Blake, and her younger brother Denny retreat to The Keep, run by Mr. Knightly, a powerful billionaire whose agenda Desi can only guess. They think they're safe... but are they?
This story kept me guessing all the way through. The action was fierce, and the moral quandaries presented to our stalwart heroine made for truly great drama.
I cannot WAIT for book three!
Hard to put down is an understatement. I don't even know what to say. It's been half a day since I finished, but that ending isn't one that lets you just move on throughout your day. It sticks with you, clawing it's way into your thoughts no matter what you happen to be doing.
Desi thinks she can finally come home, but can you ever really go back? She's a girl that seems like she'll always be on the run from something. This time, she has people with her that she loves and that changes the game. It isn't about survival anymore. It's about them. I can't say much more without giving things away because of how the first book ended and it's killing me. Just know, that things get a little cray and not everything is as it seems.
Desi is such a fantastic character. She's independent and strong. She doesn't need a man to help her make decisions and there were times when I actually didn't want her to end up with a certain person (only occasionally - because I'm totally a sucker for romance). When you're reading the story, you truly believe she can do anything.
I can't wait for book three!