Release Date: August 18, 2013
But the scandalous secrets the two discover beyond the compound’s façade are more shocking than anything they ever imagined. While Gabriel has his own terrible secrets, he and Mia bond together, more than friends and freedom fighters. But is there time to think of each other as they race to stop the Reverend’s paranoid plan to free his flock from the corrupt world? Can two teenagers crush a criminal mastermind? And who will die in the fight to save the ones they love from a madman who’s only concerned about his own secrets?
The summary describes the book pretty well, so I’ll get right to my review.
- Slightly unbelievable. I occasionally had a hard time believing that all of the cult members were going along with everything that the Reverend was doing. I mean, I know they’re supposed to be brainwashed and all, but it was obvious that some of them at least had figured out that the Reverend and especially his “prayer circle” weren’t all they were cracked up to be. So, I was especially confused when they all went along with everything the Reverend told them – particularly at the end of the book when he tells them all to do something particularly atrocious. I guess that was the point of the book, though – he had them SO brainwashed and beaten down that they would do anything he said. I still had a little bit of a hard time buying it at times, but it didn’t really cut down on my enjoyment of the book much.
- The cult. I know I said that I sometimes found some of what happened in the cult unbelievable, but overall I was fascinated by it. I found the whole concept of a cult intriguing and I was not disappointed when crazy things started happening pretty early on. It was really interesting to think about what it would have been like to live in those circumstances and how people could go along with it all and think it was okay!
- Mia and Gabriel. I was really happy with the progression of the romance in this book. While, Mia was pretty instantly attracted to Gabriel, this didn’t feel like insta-love to me. The attraction was minor at first and then built throughout the book. It isn’t until they are in some truly crazy and terrifying circumstances together and they share a bit more of themselves that their attraction turns to anything more and it felt very believable to me that they would connect under those circumstances. There was some see-sawing of emotions but, again, those emotions rang true to me because of what the characters were going through and what they had been through in their pasts. I was very vested in Mia and Gabriel and was definitely rooting for them to end up together!
- The twists and turns. There were quite a few times in this book when I wondered where it was going to head next – sometimes I thought I might have an idea about what would happen, but most of the time I was surprised (and even when I guessed some details, the way that it all played out was definitely unique and not what I was expecting!). I love it when a book keeps me guessing!
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