Author: Cameo Renae
Genre: YA Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic
Cover Design: Regina Wamba at Mae I Design Photography
Edited by: Victoria Schmitz – Crimson Tide Editorial
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s PR
I received this book via Lady Amber's Book Tours. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Hostile by Cameo Renae
Series: The After Light Saga #4
Published by CHBB on 2016-05-26
Length: 188 pages
Reviewing eARC from Lady Amber's Book Tours
Sometimes all you need is hope . . . and Hellfire.
Wanted. It’s something I’ve had to get used to since being placed on the government’s Most Wanted list. On the run, with my family and Finn by my side, we now have to evade not only the Arvies, but teams of soldiers sent to find and capture me.
Little do they know, I’m battling my own demons. After receiving large doses of mind-enhancing serum, a monster has been unleashed inside my mind. It promises death and destruction; its power, greater than anything I could imagine. Now, I’m too dangerous, and the lives of my loved ones depend on my separation from the group. I must leave and face the hostile world alone.
My name is Abigail Park. I will do whatever it takes to save the ones I love.
Hostile by Cameo Renae is the 4th installment of The After Light Saga and I was on the edge of my seat the entire read! Abi, dealing with the grief and confusion her newfound gift has brought, leaves her family behind and sets out on her own into the desert to find her grandmother. But she finds that between the Arvies and the soldiers hunting her, she may not survive by herself.
Let me be honest for a sec. I was riveted by this installment to the series. I was shocked Abi would lie to Finn and leave her family behind without a second thought. She believes she’s in the right but as the reader we know what a terrible mistake her grief is causing her to make. I caught myself multiple times, holding my breath and hoping/praying she wouldn’t get herself killed or kill someone else by mistake.
Finn is noticeably absent again this book. I was hoping he’d be more present after being absent most of Intransigent but alas that wasn’t the case. He’s present in Abi’s mind though. She doesn’t make a move without thinking about him and the 13 years they spent in the bunker together.
This book really focuses on Abi and the horrors she faces alone. She’s a strong girl, but every one has a downfall and hers is her telepathy. She doesn’t know how to control it and if she isn’t careful it will kill her. It scares her and she lets it control her. I was heartbroken for her as she made the decision to leave her family and Finn behind, not knowing if she would ever see them again. But really she felt she had no choice. If she can’t control her gift, she could hurt them unintentionally which is the last thing she wants to do.
Hostile is an intense read! I liked the new characters that Cameo Renae introduces in the form of soldiers from the bunker. These soldiers were ordered to find Abi, kill anyone with her, and not return without her. I felt so bad for them and Abi as the story progresses and they rely on one another for survival. It was an interesting twist to the narrative.
Overall I really enjoyed this installment, in fact it might be my favorite of the series so far! I liked seeing Abi on her own, learning more about her gift, and learning to trust others outside of her own family. It was interesting to see her character’s growth and horrific to read about the nature of her gift/curse. I cannot wait to read more (and hopefully get more Finn time). If you enjoy dystopia, I highly recommend the series!
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