Author: Theresa Kay
Series: Broken Skies #2
Genre: Aliens/Science Fiction/Dystopian/Romance
Publication Date: September 18th 2015
Edition: Kindle Edition, 278 pages
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We came in peace. Lie.
We had no role in the Collapse. Lie.
I have always been honest. Lie.
I never lied to her. Truth.
Reunited with her brother, and surrounded by Flint, Peter and her new-found grandfather, Jax Mitchell has still never felt more alone. The choice to follow Rym back to the city to find answers and see Lir is an easy one, but their reunion is cut short and Jax is forced to leave Lir behind. She finds herself traveling with some unexpected companions and heading back toward a place she’d hoped to never see again.
After being imprisoned—and tortured—on the orders of his uncle, Lir hasn’t seen daylight or linked to anyone in weeks. After a lifetime of connection, the pain and loneliness is almost too much to bear. Elated that Jax actually came, Lir finds renewed hope and the strength to continue fighting his uncle's influence over the E'rikon, even when things look hopeless and Lir’s been branded a traitor by the very people he’s trying to save.
While Jax and Lir fight separate battles, their missions have more in common than they realize. It’s a race against time to stop men driven only by greed and power. But the ones they trust the most might be the very people working against them—and "family" doesn't mean what it used to. Will they recognize their friends from their enemies in time to save the people they love or will they lose each other in the process?
It took me far longer than I would have liked to get through this book. I hit a slow patch or something and just lost interest for a couple weeks. But I decided to just finish this book this morning where I left off and I finished it in just a couple hours. Admittedly I sped read a decent portion of the rest of the book, but I still was able to absorb what I read.
Jax starts off a little broken and still hurting from what Lir did to her at the end of the first book, and the appearance of her extremely sketchy Grandfather, Jastren didn't really help much when he was constantly telling her in more words that she was a failure for not being able to do some of the things that her brother, Jace, could do.
Lir is hurting in his own way for what he did in efforts to shield her from his crazy uncle, though he didn't explain his motives very well or at all to Jax, so when they encounter each other it leaves a little explaining himself doesn't go as well as he had planned.
There was a lot of subtle hints to what Jastren, was up to and what he was doing to Jace so when that came out I wasn't too surprised, only that it took everyone so long to figure out.
There were a lot of side story lines that really slowed things down and made the plot a little messy, and unclear of exactly what the plot of this book was for most of the book. In fact, I am still not 100% sure what the plot of this book is exactly.
There were some unexpected deaths and re-appearances in this book, and I am still looking forward to the third book when it comes out.