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The Ruins (The Union) (Volume 2) Paperback – June 16, 2015
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About the Author
T.H. Hernandez is the author of young adult books. The Union, a futuristic dystopian adventure, was a finalist in the 2015 San Diego book awards in the Young Adult Fiction category. She loves pumpkin spice lattes, Comic-Con, Star Wars, Doctor Who marathons, Bad Lip Reading videos, and all things young adult, especially the three young adults who share her home. When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside her head, T.H. Hernandez lives in usually sunny San Diego, California with her husband and three children, a couple of cats, and a dog who thinks he’s a cat, often referred to as “the puppycat.”
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Hernandez's writing has almost a lyrical quality that flows easily. In this installment, Evan returns to the Union where she faces danger and Bryce. The twists start from there and keep coming. After a fallout with Bryce, she returns to the Ruins with her best friend Colin. The characters and the setting are so well done that you feel like a part of the story. I love that the characters have flaws and are consistent. The story has plenty of action and romance to keep the pages turning.
I had a few minor issues with the story. It starts a little slow and the conflict centering around her dad felt unwarranted because Evan goes to stay with him. I would've liked to have seen more conflict with Bryce. She gets back with him too quickly, which made her connection with Cyrus feel disingenuous. I would've liked Evan to have devised a plan before joining the resistance and have her take more control of the story instead of it controlling her.
If you enjoy YA dystopia with romance, I would highly recommend this story. Once the story ramps up, it moves at a quick pace and it keeps you guessing. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
*Spoilers for The Union #1*
The Ruins had me run the gamut of emotions. I laughed, I cried, I squealed and I yelled horrible, horrible words to my poor kindle (thank you Bryce!)! You see, this was everything I was hoping the second book would be, and then some. Not only were there the characters and relationships that I fell madly in love with in the first book, The Union, but this time around I found the peril I was desperately seeking. I love getting sent into freak out mode where I can’t breathe and my hands are sweaty. Where I’m terrified about what is going to happen next. So of course I had a blast reading The Ruins, but now I have to wait for that third book, ack! I must know what happens next!!
I absolutely love when a second book contains my favorite elements from the first! Evan still has a ton of fire in her, even though her heart is in pieces. The last she saw Cyrus, he was escaping with his family and she has no clue where he is going, how she’ll ever contact him, and if she’ll ever see him again. So Evan puts all of her energy into trying her hardest to find a way to help the citizens of both The Ruins and The Union. Because she has an impossible task in front of of her. With the help of her friends (love, love, love Colin!), they are to somehow warn The Union citizens about an attack from the uprising, while keeping the innocents out in The Ruins safe. They come up against so many unknowns, and in the midst of trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together, they end up placing themselves in grave danger. Their lives have been marked, and nothing will ever be the same again.
Another thing that I absolutely loved was the relationships and friendships that Evan surrounded herself with. They felt so real. As though they could easily exist and play out in the real world with you and me. A dominating part of this story was the characters and their interactions, so it’s intricate to enjoy and become immersed in their everyday lives and interactions. I truly became obsessed with all of them! Well…..technically not all of them lol. So there’s a character in this story that I love to hate and his name is Bryce. He is the undercover detective that ultimately led Evan to be kidnapped in the first book, because of her association with him. She liked him, he still likes her, and now they are stuck spending a lot of time together. And I didn’t want Evan spending her time with him. I know, I’m being so petty. But that’s because I became loyal to Cyrus…..ohhh butterfly inducing, made me smile and swoon Cyrus! He was utter perfection and Bryce just isn’t. So I literally kept yelling at my kindle for Evan not to be nice to him. I don’t fault Evan in the least, because this is his area of expertise but ahem, I know it’s probably horrible to say but can he just die already? It could be doing something heroic? I know, I'm so bad at loving to hate characters. Bad Jen bad!
But what I want to talk about the most, I can’t. You see the story starts off with a few bumps here and there for Evan, but then things start to pick up and spiral into intense situations that had me glued to the pages. The scenes that Evan’s finds herself in become more dire and even at times horrifying. I loved every moment of what I can’t talk about! The situations, the decisions, the people, the places, oh it was SO good!
It was so much fun being back in a story where I adore the characters and felt invested in what was going on. Having the banter, friendships and commodore made me feel all warm and cozy being back in this familiar world. I loved trying to put the clues together and I’m extremely proud that I figured one out before it happened. By the way, best part ever!!!!! But I felt a little confused at the end of the book. I did not grasp a characters “interactions”, but since Hernandez does an excellent job of plotting out the reasoning behind why characters do what they do, I’m almost positive that my questions will be answered in the third book. And speaking of that third book, I can’t wait to read it! You’re not left in a perilous ending, but with so many things up in the air I’m excited to see what is going to come crashing down!
***ARC was kindly provided in exchange for an honest review***
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*Possible minor spoilers from The Union (The Union #1)
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