Deuce’s whole world has changed.
Down below, she was considered an adult. Now, topside in a town called Salvation, she’s a brat in need of training in the eyes of the townsfolk. She doesn’t fit in with the other girls: Deuce only knows how to fight.
To make matters worse, her Hunter partner, Fade, keeps Deuce at a distance. Her feelings for Fade haven’t changed, but he seems not to want her around anymore. Confused and lonely, she starts looking for a way out.
Deuce signs up to serve in the summer patrols—those who make sure the planters can work the fields without danger. It should be routine, but things have been changing on the surface, just as they did below ground. The Freaks have grown smarter. They’re watching. Waiting. Planning. The monsters don’t intend to let Salvation survive, and it may take a girl like Deuce to turn back the tide.
I loved the first book, so I knew I was going to continue the trilogy. This book picks up after the last book left off, with no significant time gap. Deuce and Fade have given up one strict, rule obsessed government for another in Salvation. Yes, they have more amenities like an abundance of food, water, and shelter, but the rules are ever prevalent. It matters to all four in the group, but affects Deuce specifically, because Salvation is a bit like an Amish settlement, where women have certain roles. They do not go against these roles, by wearing pants, or shaking hands, or being a Huntress. This is just not who Deuce is, so she has a lot of trouble fitting in. The kids at the school she is forced to go to (because in Salvation she is not considered an adult for another year, unlike down below) make fun of her. The women in town whisper about her just out of earshot. She really is trying, but it is just not her. Momma Oaks (Deuce’s foster-mother) tries to be very accommodating to Deuce’s needs, and understands that she was raised differently and faced a lot on her way to Salvation. Deuce really connects with Longshot (who brought them into the camp) and seems to understand and accept that she is not like the other girls, and needs to be who she is. Deuce convinces him to let her join the summer patrol (to guard the growers from Freaks or Muties as they call them here) by having her prove herself (Deuce’s idea) by beating one of the other guards in a hand to hand combat. Of course she wins, she is a bad ass. Stalker and Fade sign up, because they won’t let Deuce be in danger without them, but really I think it is because both are so in love with her, that they can’t bear to be without her for any great length of time. I like Stalker A LOT more in this book. Even Teagan is starting to realize he isn’t such a piece of shit. That is all I will say about the love triangle. Longshot is the leader of the summer patrol, and he is very different from Silk (the leader of the Hunters down below.) He is much kinder, and willing to listen and take suggestions, without being weak. After a Freak attack, Salvation gets the message and creates an Outpost that will have 24 hour watch. Of course Deuce and the boys join that too. Deuce’s connection with Longshot grows, and he becomes like another father figure in her life. Before she had no family and here she is growing a large family.
I knew as soon as Longshot became important to me, that Ann Aguire was going to kill him off eventually. I was right, and it was heart breaking, and yes I cried. I even tweeted the author to let her know she was breaking my heart!
The Freaks become more aggressive and it is up to the four outsiders to save Salvation…..
I have to start book 3 right away!!
PS: Are you into to trilogies, because you get a longer, more in-depth story that way, or are you over them?