Thursday, 14 January 2016

Review: The Isle by Jordana Frankel

Title: The Isle (The Ward #2)
Author: Jordana Frankel

Release date: January 19th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
Format: ARC
Pages: 368

Source: Publisher

The heart-racing and thrilling sequel to The Ward about a teenage female drag racer who will do anything to save her sister—and a flooded futuristic Manhattan.

Drought season is coming....

The Ward is in trouble—its streets filled with seawater after a devastating flood and its impoverished inhabitants suffering from a deadly disease called the Blight.

Ren, with the help of her scientist friend, Callum, and her racing buddy, Derek, has discovered a cure—miraculous spring water—administering it to her sick sister, Aven. But when Aven is kidnapped by Governor Voss, the malevolent dictator of the United Metro Isles (UMI), Ren must go on a dangerous mission to save her sister, again.

The mysterious healing water is the only source of freshwater throughout the entire UMI—water that Ren had been tasked by the government to discover. Although she refuses to give up the water’s location, Governor Voss has his own selfish reasons for wanting it. And he will do anything to satisfy his thirst for unquenchable power.

But Ren and Aven have more enemies than the governor. An ancient order, the Tètai, has been guarding the magical water for hundreds of years. And they will kill to protect it. With the Ward in desperate need of freshwater and wracked by disease—and deadly enemies at every turn—the sisters face a dangerous journey, marred by mysterious secrets and horrifying truths, to save their friends and neighbors, and a city.

I'd been waiting so so long to read this book - The Ward was among the first ARCs I received after I started this blog. And now I finally got to read its sequel! This is a duology as far as I know, so The Isle has a clear ending with most plotlines wrapped up.

The Isle is told in two POVs - Ren's and Aven's. At first I was excited about this, because I liked Aven in The Ward. Sadly, I didn't like her much in this book, I'm not quite sure why. Maybe it was her mannerisms or her childishness or her jealousy. Either way, I looked forward to Ren's chapters but tried to get through Aven's as fast as I could.

The novel is pretty lengthy, though not as much as its predecessor. A lot happens in this - Ren and her friends come up with a plan to save Aven, and they also need to make sure the citizens of the Ward don't feel the other special effects of the cure. Oh, and they need to watch their backs for the tètai, the ancient organization determined to keep the water safe and away from humans.

There's so much action throughout, I loved it. Never a dull moment. Ren is as badass as ever, and she really shows great character and strength in this book. She's come a long way from the early times of drag racing, and she's carrying a lot on her shoulders. The other main characters we see in this book are Aven (obviously), Derek, Callum, and Terrence. They team up to fight the multiple battles they need to before the city is safe.

I wish there was more Callum in the story, because he had so much potential in the previous book. He's the brilliant scientist who comes up with the cure, but he takes a backseat in most of the action scenes since he's not a fighter. Regardless, Callum is my favourite. Despite how afraid he is, he's always there for Ren and the others to count on.

There's a teensy bit of romance, between Ren and Derek. Which I can't say I was a fan of, since I don't particularly like Derek. Yeah, he's on Ren's side, but he's also part of the tètai and that makes him kind of a wild card. I'm glad there wasn't much time for romance stuff in this book, because Ren and Derek together.. It just doesn't sit right with me. While reading The Ward, I was hoping there would be something with Ren and Callum, but unfortunately that doesn't happen.

I really liked the way the last few chapters were done. Beautiful writing, a great climax, and it was all very emotional. It was a satisfying ending to the series, and I couldn't have asked for more. So despite the issues I had with the book, I'm glad I read it and I would recommend this series to anyone who loves sci-fi and dystopia.

*Thank you to Megan at HarperCollins International for sending me an ARC for review*

Rating: 3/5

1 comment:

  1. Huh. I knew The Ward ended in a way that made me want a sequel, but it's been like three years since that book published (or something like that?)... I barely remember anything from The Ward! It doesn't seem like this series is worth continuing, for me. So I think I will pass! I'm glad you were hooked on the nonstop action though, that does sound good.

    Lovely review, Richa!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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