by Lydia Kang
Sequel and Conclusion to Control Duology
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they've come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something--a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister's safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There's more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined...aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.
I'm actually so glad that I read this book because in my opinion it was better than Control. I really felt that stuff actually happened in this book rather than just more world building/sitting around/science-y stuff like in the first book. You really got a feel for the characters in this book even though they were completely illogical at times.
There were a few things that really annoyed me that the characters did. First, when *BEGINNING OF THE BOOK SPOILERS* Zel found Cy at the start of the book, he was cuddling another girl, and instead of TALKING to him, she was passive aggressive and angsty and annoying. It just really got to me that Zel and Cy were supposed to love each other, but they couldn't even talk to one another. Thats not what love should be. I don't know why this annoyed me so much because things like this happen a ton in YA, but something about this instance really got to me. */SPOILERS*
The thing I really liked about this book is that it how much of the world that you saw. In the first book you only got to see one small section of America, but in this book you really delved into other parts, and the laws in place with many other parts of the country. I loved how much perspective the characters and the reader gained about the world.
Another very good thing about this book was that it was so fast. Even though it was 400 pages, it read like a 200 page book. There was just so much action in it, and the pages flew by and before I knew it I had finished the book. It was a very well paced book since you never were bored, nor got whiplash from the roller coaster ride of emotions. It was just quick enough to keep me interested, but not offensively quick either.
A major problem that I saw with the first book was the amount of slut-shaming. I am really glad that the author took that viewpoint into account when creating this book. There was not one instance that I saw of slut-shaming. I really appreciated that development, and it really made me like this book more.
Now the ending: it was a glorious ending. Violence, and peace, and love, and just very well done. I really respected how the author ended the book, and it just made me very happy.
I would definitely recommend this series. Overall, I would give it 3.5-4 stars. If you want a very science-y science fiction novel, I would recommend picking up this series.