For fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Shatter Me series comes an emotional, action-packed story of resilience, second chances, and fierce love. A PERILOUS MISSION. AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE. ONE UNEXPECTED DISCOVERY. Escaping Tatum City was all Lune wanted. Now that she’s out, freedom is beyond her reach more than ever. Her adoptive father knows her weaknesses. And if she fails to find Bren and complete her mission, he won’t hesitate to exploit each one. To complicate matters further, Ryker, her wildly unpredictable companion, has a mission of his own. Lune quickly discovers that he’ll do whatever is necessary to see it through too. As the dangers of the outside world threaten to undo her, Lune must adapt to survive every new challenge. Because everything she knows, everything she’s been fighting for, is about to change. THE ELITE TRIALS trilogy is the thrilling adventure of Lune “Tatum” Avery as she fights for freedom in a futuristic dystopian world plagued by danger, secrets, and betrayal.
Lune Avery has survived the Elite Trials and escaped the clutches of her tyrant father, but her trials have only just begun. In the wilds beyond the city where she’s lived her whole life, she must face new challenges and dangers, many of which involve her friend and trainer Bren. Questions are answered, but these lead to even deeper mysteries.
What I loved:
As with Book One in this series, Becky Moynihan’s skills are a writer are superb. She’s a pro at world building and action sequences, and has a knack for building compelling characters. A game-changing event happens halfway through the story that will throw you for a loop, along with a change of setting that is very different but just as interesting. This all builds to a fantastic, gripping ending that left me wanting Book 3!
What I didn’t love:
While the aforementioned “game-changer” was a terrific twist, it did come with a very significant change of pace. While questions burn in our mind, the pace settled to a slow burn that made the third quarter of the book a little harder to get through.
My Final Verdict:
If you loved The Hunger Games, you will love The Elite Trials. Katniss and Lune are very different characters, yet cut from the same badass cloth. There is a fair amount of snark and romance that will appeal to teens as well. I highly recommend it.
Dystopian has always been one of my favorite genres, but there are few series that stick with me. The Elite Trials will be one that does. It is already right up there with The Hunger Games, and if you know me, you know how big of a deal that is.
This series is so original and well thought out. It’s full of action and snark, but it also has romance. It’s a great balance overall. Nothing feels too fast or slow, and the characters feel real, despite the powers we learn more about in this book.
Adaptive gives a closer look into this world we had only seen a small corner of before. Without giving too much away, there exist a haven of sorts. People live freely there, and those with powers train. There are glimpses into how their world came to be, with references from today’s world like certain movies, which were fun to guess. Three were actually super easy because I’ve seen them a million times, but I’m still trying to figure out the superhero one…
I love all the characters, including the new ones. Lune still kicks butt. Ryker is grumpy, and both he and Bren are full of secrets we’re only just barely starting to find out. I miss Asher a lot, but now there’s Jaxon. He’s the funny best friend of Bren. He reminds me a lot of Kenji in the Shatter Me series, so obviously I love him with all my heart.
This book is so intense and amazing. Just when I thought I had things figured out, they’d change. There were twists and reveals all throughout, and it was hard not to sit and binge-read the whole thing in one sitting (stupid responsibilities!). I cannot wait until book three. The wait might actually kill me.
*Full original review on Functionally Fictional.*
- Deeper look into the characters
- More incredible world-building and history
- So. Much. Snark.