Monday, 16 February 2015

Born to Fight (Born, #2) by Tara Brown

Blurb (from Goodreads):
When Emma wakes strapped to a cold metal table she has only one name on her lips, "Marshall!" What she doesn't expect is discovering that he is only one of the disturbing people in her small world who deserves to die in a fiery death. Twenty years ago scientists made some remarkable discoveries with genetics and the ability to perfect the babies we gave birth to. Ten years ago the governments of the world made a hard choice, earth or people. Nine weeks ago the choices they made came full circle. Fourteen days ago the truth of their mutations leaked out into the borderlands and other areas. Yesterday the worst thing they ever made learned about what she was. Today she's coming for them and she knows about the strengths they gave her. Tomorrow she plans on destroying everything. She plans on starting with her her own creator. Her own father. Mature Content Warning.

Born to Fight by Tara Brown

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

Born to Fight (Born, #2) “He smiles, “You were born for this weren’t you?”
I shrug and look out the window. I have a feeling they’re laughing at me, even if they aren’t laughing out loud.
“She was born to fight.””

This was an interesting sequel, but I did find it a bit more confusing than the first book in the series.

I liked Emma in this book, but I was also slightly scared by her at points!

As Will pointed out, she ‘kills pretty easily’, and I have to agree! I lost count of the number of people - infected and human, that Emma dispatched in this book, and at times it felt a little unnecessary. I was also surprised that whilst she happily snapped necks, she claimed that she would never be able to kill her pet wolf Leo. Hmm, well I suppose at least she’s capable of some feeling, but the lack of respect for human life? Not good.

“She glances up at me and shakes her head, “You don’t let me infect them. You kill me. You swear to me now.”
I nod, “I swear.” The sick part is, I do. I would kill her if I had to. I would kill anyone, except Leo. I know I couldn’t ever kill him.”

The storyline in this did have action, but I found the quick jumps from one situation to the next often confused me, and I found myself having to go back and re-read whole chapters to try and work out what the heck was going on!

The best part of this book for me was the beginning, although I was initially confused (and had to go back and re-read the last 15% of book 1), Emma’s escape from the hospital where she was being held was actually really good, and really entertaining!

“Firstly, I know I am going to die escaping. I am too exhausted for it to be a perfect escape. I know I will die today. I can feel it in the air. I will escape today and die trying, and that is a better outcome than remaining tied to this table with this man.”

There was some romance in this story, and I was glad that we got a bit of a resolution to the love triangle! In fact it seemed like quite a few people were pairing off.

“I frown and take inventory of my feelings. I’m not scared. I want him. I want him to climb back on the bed. I want him to rub against me again.
I look at the door and nod, “see if it locks.”
He furrows his brown, “What?”
I swallow, still covering myself, “see if it locks.””

The ending to this was okay, but it wasn’t as good as the ending to the first book. The ending to this revolved around a lover’s tiff basically, which compared to Emma being shot with a dart by the enemy at the end of book 1, isn’t all that exciting. I hope the third book will be a little more action-packed!
6.5 out of 10

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