Wednesday, October 5, 2016

#Wednesday Review - Redemption by Jessica Therrien (#YAlit, #Fantasy, #Mythology) @JessicaTherrien @XpressoTours

Series: Children of the Gods # 3
Format: Kindle, 326 pages
Release Date: November 2, 2015
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

Redemption is the third and final installment in author Jessica Therrien's Children of the Gods trilogy. Here's my warning to everyone; while I do my best not to spoil anything in my reviews, I might let slip some aspects of past novels that are absolutely important to what happens in this book. I do recommend that you to go back and read my previous reviews or read the books yourselves before jumping into what I have to say in this review. Redemption picks up right where Uprising left off. 

William still does not have his memories back so things are kind of restrained between he and Elyse who is expecting the next oracle any day now. Meanwhile, Elyse's allies (Mac, Anna, Nics, Sam, Paul, Rachel, Edith, & Chloe) have hidden away at the Compound. The Council has been fundamentally changed with the death of Christoph, and Adrianna has taken charge. She has her own plans that don't necessarily lead to peace and harmony. And, if that wasn't enough, Elyse, who is the last healer descendant is told by the current Oracle that things may get even more dangerous before they better. 

What's even more shocking is that descendants decide that they've had enough of being in the shadows, and go public in all their glory. This includes Elyse's supposed allies Kara and Alex. As with anything else in history, whenever something comes out of the shadows and into the light, people will feel threatened and scared for their futures. Morals are scared of change, and in this case, justifiably so. It weighs even more on Elyse's shoulders because she wants to ensure that humans and the descendants of the Gods live together in peace and understanding, and not all out war that leaves heavy casualties and an apocalyptic feel to the story. 

Redemption is a perfect title for this book. It is a word that means Elyse must do some straight up dangerous things in order to make up for the things she has lead her group to. She has to deal with William and a new child. She has to try to put the damper on the end of the world that will take away some really key players who have been with Elyse since the beginning of this series. Elyse is a character who was pretty much shoved into the role as leader thanks to a prophecy. While she has made some glaring mistakes along the way, she remained pretty true to her ideology even when there were times she could have run away.  

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