Description: Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children’s League call Ruby “Leader”, but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children’s League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America’s children—and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts—has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future—and who now wouldn’t recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam—and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart—she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Cover: I really, really like it
Review: Where to start? Let’s start with Ruby.
As I have said in my Review of the first book, I like Ruby. Everything she does is totally understandable and her evolution is realistic. Her personality gets harder – at least she tries to in order to survive – but she’s no adult. The world she is living in is a dangerous one and she is no killer. So she doubts herself. So she breaks sometimes a little.
Another thing I really like (more like love) is how her world doesn’t revolve around Liam. Of course she misses him and she does think of him but only sometimes. I was prepared for her whole days to be like “Liam, Liam, Liam”, you know? Luckily I prepaired in vain.
I am a sucker for a happy ending but I want it to be realistic. The characters have to work through the drama, no magical solutions and two minutes later everything is fine. Alexandra Bracken doesn’t go the easy way, her characters have to suffer and I love it.