The Return (The After Trilogy: Book Two)

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The Return (The After Trilogy: Book Two)
Age Range
14+
Release Date
June 29, 2017
ISBN
B06XYNV357
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The dystopian science fiction story continues in this action-packed novel for young adults by internationally best-selling author Kelly St. Clare. Three months ago, Romy emerged from the cultivation tanks after a year floating inside. Body intact. Mind broken. Memory gone. Now she undergoes regular testing as doctors work to find out . . . well, she's not exactly sure what. The tests must have something to do with the reason she can't remember her knot--the single lucid memory the other insane soldiers on Orbito Four still possess. Whatever the researchers are searching for, if it aids the soldiers in the deathly war against the lethal alien invaders--the Critamal--the excruciating pain is worth it. But a grey-eyed man has other plans. Boxed in and caught, Romy is taken hostage by people who shouldn't exist! They dress in black and carry weapons she's never seen in her genetically enhanced life. Reunited with Knot 27. Memories returned. Fifteen months have passed since her world shattered into bright red, ringing chaos. Things have changed--people have changed. How long until what was once as familiar as breathing is familiar once more? Friendships. Love. Freedom. Can the new Romy reconcile with the old, or will the two halves of herself remain locked in an internal battle? And if a victor should arise from this silent war . . . will it be the part of her that kills without hesitation, without mercy? All it takes is for the cracks to join and blood will pour. Buy now to experience the ultimate inner struggle, the fight against an all-powerful enemy, and the twist of corruption. Set in a realistic future Earth.

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Amazing Addition to the Series!
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You don't expect science fiction to have you rolling in laughter.

The story:
Let's face it, the Retreat left us a little bit broken. That ending was ... hard. It seemed like everything they'd done had been for nothing being Romy ended up right back where she started. That's where The Return picks up. Romy is not who she used to be. She's been back in space for a while and can't remember any of the people she left back on her - not even her knot. So when they come for her and smuggle her back to earth, things get a little crazy. By things, I mean Romy. Her slowly returning memories seem to conflict with everything she thinks she knows. Her personality swings from one extreme to the other. As she fights to regain herself, she could lose everything else.
Throw in the betrayal from people she loves an awkwardness with the man who loves her, and the impending destruction of pretty much everything and you have yourself a wild ride.

What I loved: Can I just say words. All of them. Science fiction/dystopian is not my favorite genre to read, but I will read anything Kelly St. Clare writes because it defies genre. The story is about people. It's about relationships and overcoming flaws. No one is perfect in this story. It differs from so many in the genre because the people are very real. They've been given awful circumstances and fight because they have to, not because they're some special person who is supposed to save the world. The only thing that makes anyone better than the others is their heart and their determination.
This series is also intensely funny. I laughed through a good part of it.

What was just okay:
That it ended? That good enough? Honestly, the worst part about this series is that when I finish reading, I have to try to read something else that can't live up to it.

Final Verdict:
A fun, extremely well-done story full of humor and an enormous amount of heart.
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An amazing read from an evil genius
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Kelly St. Clare is a genius! An evil genius for sure, but she's still a genius!

This book was awesome, it threw me six ways from Sunday but I bloomin well floved it and I couldn't get enough of it. It wasn't even possible to pry the kindle from my hands whilst I was reading it and when my other half decided to interrupt me (which is just rude!) He got shouted at so hard that I've never seen him retreat so fast! The twists and turns, the characters, the story and the world building just kept me deeply within its thrall that I found this book unputadownable.

At the moment I'm on an adrenaline high from reading The Return. I mean that ending (don't worry I won't give any spoilers) was just something else! It's one of those endings where you're just crying out to the author to not finish it there, but you're also in shock about what's happened. I'm in shock! I mean, how did that happen and why? I need answers Kelly St. Clare and I need them soon! I'm not ashamed to say that I will resort to begging and bribery to get the next book soon.

This book is one you just have to read. There's no point trying to put off reading it until the series is complete (trust me, I tried that) you MUST read this book now as it's just that good. It's really, really good. I don't have enough words in my vocabulary to tell you how freaking awesome it is so just trust me and read it!
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