Day and June have escaped from his execution, but with the loss of Day's brother and with Day seriously injured. They both know their only hope lies with the Patriots and so make their way to Vegas and the Patriots' hidden headquarters. Kaede, a Patriot who recently helped the two, leads them to Razor, the leader of the Patriots. Razor agrees to help June and Day, if they will assassinate the new Elector Primo. June is sent back to the Republic as a repentant with information about an attempted assassination. After she gets back into his good graces, she will lead him to the real assassination. Day in the meanwhile is training and is reunited with Tess, who is in love with him. Tess plants seeds of doubt about June in Day's head. June is reunited with Anden, the new Elector Primo, and begins to doubt the Patriot's plan and sees Anden as a revolutionary who can work from within to fix the Republic. Dangerous choices must be made and can a new love survive betrayals and the truth?
It took me about a month to finish the book and it was so worth it. There is so much to think about with this series. Could we ever turn into the two different societies presented in this novel? The materialism of the Colonies and the militaristic state of the Republic are possibilities if we do not remain vigilant. Deep, deep thoughts indeed. Beside all the deep thinking, the romance is perfect in this book and the guilt and questions experienced by June and Day seems real. This is a story where consequences are very real and wrong choices lead to destruction.
Favorite Character: They are all so well-developed. June and Day definitely captured my heart. June is a strong heroine who truly learns to think for herself. Day is a strong hero who sacrifices for others. They are the perfect match, but also a horrible match. Their story is both heart-breaking and uplifting.
Favorite Quote: This was also a hard choice.
"'The first time I kissed you.... Well, that might as well have been my first kiss ever.'" "He is beauty, inside and out. He is the silver lining in a world of darkness. He is my light."
Lu is an awesome writer and the long read makes the story even better. This will definitely be in my top ten this year and possibly number one. The ending will leave you breathless. 5 cups of cocoa!!