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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay sequel, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first book in the series.
Ren had a new crusade in this book – finding Aven, and it wasn’t quite as thrilling as the race to find the spring in book 1. Ren did stay strong though, and continued to look for answers to impossible problems, even when the answers cost her everything.
The storyline in this was firstly about rescuing Aven, and secondly about finding a way to keep the spring safe from Governor Voss, who went to even further extremes to try and find it. We also got a couple of twists which mixed things up a bit.
The ending to this was okay, although it seemed like things still weren’t 100% finished for Ren and Aven.
6.5 out of 10