Author: Shauna E. Black
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Rating: 3 Stars
Paradise isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Everything should be perfect in the Undercity, where Caelin and her younger sister Mardy are safe from the radiation topside. But safety feels more like prison. The Undercitizens aren’t exactly welcoming, and Lucio and his Impartialists continue to pound the city’s barrier, more scavs flocking to their army every day. Then Mardy goes behind Caelin’s back to accept a government assignment to spy on the Impartialists. In spite of the danger, Caelin goes after her.
Once more in the camp of the man who killed her best friend, Caelin must convince Lucio of a loyalty she’s renounced in order to bring Mardy home. It doesn’t help that Lucio suspects Caelin still has feelings for Jate, the special forces officer who betrayed him, or that Lucio’s suspicions are right.
As her cover story unravels, Caelin discovers Lucio’s true plan for taking over the Undercity. Her desperate attempt to protect Mardy backfires, and Jate is caught in the crossfire of Lucio’s revenge. Caelin can’t rescue the man she loves without abandoning Mardy to the Impartialists. How will she live with herself if she makes the wrong choice?
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS TIME – REVIEW BELOW
Rebel Betrayed by Shauna E. Black was an engaging continuation of the Rebel Bound series. The book was well written, easy to read, and absent of any major typos. The characters were well defined and familiar from the first book, and the world-building was fantastic. Overall, I think the book was a good read, and if you like Young Adult Dystopians, you’ll probably like this series as a whole.
My only real problem with the book is that I found it a bit short, and with that, came a load of problems. There wasn’t a lot going on plot-wise, and a lot of the characters didn’t get much screen time – which is, in particular, a problem when it comes to Jate, the main male lead. He was rarely seen in the story, and there wasn’t enough interaction between him and the main female lead to maintain their relationship for the reader. This book felt a lot like filler in a way – spanning the gap between the introductory 1st book, and what presumably will be the finale in the 3rd book. The reader spends a lot of time in the headspace of the main character, but doesn’t get the time to get to know any other characters… it was just more of the same already established in the first book.
Is the book bad? No. I enjoyed reading it, and I enjoy the series as a whole… this just wasn’t a book I’d set out to read on its own if it wasn’t the 2nd book in a series. It doesn’t stand on its own well.