Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.
Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.
When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.
Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.
But some things just can’t be undone.
by Siobhan Davis
True Calling #2
April 30, 2015
A great second installment to the True Calling series.
This story picks up on Earth with Ariana. She’s now faced with evidence that Cal may have betrayed her as well as an ever attentive ex-boyfriend who’s determined to win her back. Add to that a good dose of political intrigue, and she (and the reader) are left wondering who they can trust. It makes for a gripping read.
I must admit I love this story. It’s well-told with just enough info leaking out at just the right time to keep you turning pages well-past your bedtime. I enjoyed the political aspects, because they give us insight into the world and add a sense of danger. Even the love triangle, though often referred to as overused in YA, is executed in exemplary fashion. It really could go any way, no matter whom Ariana professes to love, leaving this aspect of the story delightfully unpredictable.
On the downside, other things do happen as expected, as hinted in the previous book and this one. Additionally, some of the major reveals kind of left me wondering why I should care. Unfortunately, I cannot give you more detail as that would involve revealing spoilers. There’s a bit more fiction-heavy science in this one, though that would probably only bug folks who focus on such things.
Overall, I loved this story for its quick pace, complex plot, and spot-on love triangle. Fans of YA science fiction/dystopian will likely love this story, and I have no trouble saying that I highly recommend this book and this series. I look forward to number 3.
The review copy of Beyond Reach was supplied by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
A self-diagnosed ‘teenager forever’– at least when it comes to books, music and movies; Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. Siobhan loves baking, crime novels, shoes, bags, make-up, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).
Siobhan has forged a successful corporate career, in Human Resources, over the last twenty years. A member of the IWI writers group, Siobhan resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.