Friday, 13 February 2015

Collide Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hi guys! Today is my stop on the blog tour for Collide (The Taking #3) by Melissa West. Thank you so much to YA Bound Book Tours for organizing this tour! You can check out the full schedule here. Read my review below and don't forget to enter the giveaway :)

Title: Collide (The Taking #3)
Author: Melissa West

Release date: February 9th 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Format: eARC
Pages: 247

Source: YA Bound
Purchase links: Amazon | B&N | Kobo

Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she's ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.

Collide is definitely an explosive end to this trilogy! I like how the title really fits with the plot of the novel. There was never a dull moment in this, and I loved the way everything is tied up in the end. This book was just as good as I was expecting!

Ari is back on Earth now, but a very different one from the home she was used to. Things have changed, there's new leadership, and Ari isn't happy about it. She's doing her best to help, but it seems like she's judged for being half-Ancient now regardless of who she used to be. Meanwhile, Zeus is alive and is scheming to destroy mankind, and only Ari and Jackson know how real the threat is. They have to convince the people on Earth that Ancients and humans have to work together if they want to survive.

Collide has a lot of dystopian elements in addition to the basic sci-fi setting, with the politics going on and the decisions people have to make. I liked that these issues were addressed, because it made the book seem more real to me. Everything's definitely not all fun and games here - shit's going down. I won't lie, there are deaths. Of course there are, with a high stakes novel like this. I didn't like them, but I can't argue against their purpose in the book.

Ari is one of my favourite YA heroines, mostly because I love all the badass fighter ones. She can kick ass, she's strong, but she's not cold. She really cares about her home and her friends, and she's not about to let anything happen to either of them. It sucked to see how she was treated by people on Earth, being labelled as untrustworthy because she's kind of an Ancient now. But I loved how she handled everything. Ari's tough as hell, and we see a lot of that in this book especially. She's tested to her very limits and she still manages to stay on top of things, which really impressed me.

And Jackson, of course, made this book all the more awesome. How can you not love him? He does everything he can to save Earth along with Ari even though it's not his home, and he's so supportive of her. He strives hard to take Zeus down, despite the fact that they share the same blood. He knows what's right and what's wrong, and that's something I definitely cannot say for some other characters *cough* Lawrence *cough*. We get quite a few Jackson-Ari scenes and they're all beautiful or heartwarming or just really sweet.

Overall, I'm completely satisfied with the way this series wrapped up. Some little things I wasn't too happy about, but in general it was great. The build-up was effective, the climax was awesome. And thank god for no loose ends! I really hate those. If you're a sci-fi fan and haven't read this series yet, give it a go! You won't be sorry.

*Thank you to YA Bound for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

About the author:

Melissa West writes young adult and new adult novels for Entangled Teen and Embrace and Penguin/InterMix. She lives outside of Atlanta, GA with her husband and two daughters and spends most of her time writing, reading, or fueling her coffee addiction.

She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and a M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

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