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A violent raid kick-starts the story and where a major player in this post-apocalyptic world gets murdered. The storyline involves kidnapped kids, lots of suspense and characters who normally wouldn’t play well with each other banding together to save a mutual friend and solve the mystery of who is behind the attack.
First and foremost an action-oriented book, we are treated to lots of shoot-outs, knife-fights and even a bit of torture to keep things interesting. It was super bloody and very descriptive when it came to the fight scenes. Weirdly though, I found it super easy to put the book down and find other things to do. One source of frustration was when the characters were given important bits of information here and there, but the reader isn’t clued in. I think it was meant to deepen the mystery, but, for me, it felt contrived and a bit theatrical.
Both Ruin and Charity are the kind of characters who can take care of themselves. We know from the front end that Ruin is part of a group called Fate’s Vultures, vigilantes known for their brutal justice. Charity’s affiliations are one of those things left secret for a bit, along with the full reason as to why she’s even there. She’s a “hound” so we do know she can fight and is good at finding things.
The romance took a backseat to the mystery which left me disappointed. I didn’t feel the emotional connection between Ruin and Charity at all. The lust was there but not much else. We do get some backstory on both of them but so much was left out the characters felt two dimensional. I didn’t dislike either character, but I wasn’t blown away by them either.
We are left with a happy for now ending for the main characters but the main mystery is left unsolved. There was a segway for at least two more couples for future books. If you are in the mood for an action type plot with a little bit of romance this would be a decent choice, but I’m a girl who longs for balance between the suspense and the romance, and this did not deliver.
I've read everything by Jami Gray, and this one holds its own against those other books.
But this is a far bloodier book that what came before. And I loved it for that!! Charity and Ruin makes no apologies for who and what they are, and if killing someone as slowly as possible gets them their answers, they will do that. But they don't just dish it, they take their beatings too,and the way Gray describes it, makes you feel with every single punch thrown and delivered!
Set in a post apocalyptic world, some things remain the same, some things don't. I loved how Gray used buildings for things that was not their intended purpose, but she describes these places, you know exactly what they were.
I loved the world building, or destroying as it were. You don't get it all in one go, and for me, that's the best way to deliver information, little bits at a time.
I'm left with questions. Lots and lots of questions!! Who is behind it all? When did Ruin and Charity meet before, because that was hinted at and never explained. Is there another book?? How many books?? I want to know what's going on between Simon and Vex, because clearly there IS something.
So many questions!! But that's a good thing, a really good thing as it kept me engaged and excited and interested from from to back.
So, if you like your characters with a bit more bite, with secrets, with hidden agendas,and all those sorts of things, and your worlds a far more deadlier place, then this is for you.
I've filed it on the darker/grittier and the over 18 shelf, because of the long and detailed violence. I can't give it any other word, I'm afraid!
5 full stars
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She has a lot of secrets that she is not willing to share with Ruin, which makes him crazy. Watching them try to pursue their own agendas while dancing around each other was very entertaining.
I had a lot of fun reading the world that Jami Gray has built and am excited to read more in the series. This is definitely worth a read if you are looking for a great, solid post-apocalyptic!
I was given an ARC in exchange for my honest review.