Fugitive X just happened to be the last book I choose to read for 2013. I guess it is a hopeful sign that 2014 will be another good year of reading since I managed to read over 380 books without giving up on any of them! HOORAH!
Fugitive X, the second installment in the Revolution 19 trilogy, is a young adult dystopian novel set in a future where humans are the prey, and robots are the hunters. It features siblings Nick (17), Cass (15) and Kevin (13) as they struggle to survive and not be captured by the robots.
After escaping the City and leaving their parents, Lexi, and Farryn behind to an unknown fate, Nick, Cass, and Kevin are separated after running into unknown humans (Rebels) and robots. If you've read Revolution 19, you are aware that robots rebelled against their human masters and creators in the Great Intervention. Those who survived, fled to the countryside where they created their own Freeposts. Those who were unlucky to escape, have gone through Re-education, and had their memories erased or were killed off.
Once the siblings are separated, Fugitive X delves into each siblings journey to make their way back together again. Each chapter tells a different story. Fugitive X also introduces readers to the rebellion as well as a new character that readers of Revolution 19 will be eager to have his identity revealed. There are also hints of betrayal, robots who have enhanced re-education abilities, and a hint that the war between the robots and humans is far, far from being over.
Nick as the oldest sibling is lucky in that he escaped being re-educated. Even though the bots gave him a new eye, they couldn't break his will or desire to escape. If you are to take this story as it is, then you would be guessing that he is the Fugitive X that the Senior Advisor is searching for. But, you could also say that Cass, Kevin, and the mysterious man named the Governor, who I will not spoil his identity under the threat of torture and death, could also be Fugitive X.
Cass is the character that you most want to read about and find out what happened to her. She's the middle child, the fastest runner, but sometimes fate has other plans for you and she ends up struggling with her own memories. What Rosenblum has in store for Cass in the next installment is anyone's guess.
Kevin is the youngest and probably the most interesting character to read about this time around because of the situations he keeps finding himself in. Kevin has skills. Skill that could come in handy in the long fight against the bots. He is also spunk, and desire to ensure that he reunites with his siblings and finds a way back to the city to rescue their parents.
Naturally, since this is the second book in the series, there is a cliffhanger that leaves you shaking your head in frustration and misery. As a reader, I have come to fully expect certain forms of cliffhangers and this one takes the cake. I look forward to reading the next installment, and hope that all my questions will be answered in a timely and succinct manner.
Thank you so much to Harper Teen for allowing me access to this title in lieu of an honest review.
09/25/2013 Recvd via Edelweiss - Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Harper Teen
Author - Gregg Rosenblum
Title - Fugitive X (Revolution 19, #2)
Publisher - Harper Teen
Releases - January 7, 2014
Genre - YA Dystopian
Received via Edelweiss from publisher