Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Wednesday #Review - Seize Today by @pintipdunn #YALit #SyFy @EntangledTeen

Series: Forget Tomorrow # 3
Format: E-Galley, 300 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Young Adult \ Science Fiction

The third book in the New York Times bestselling and RITA award winning Forget Tomorrow series is a thrilling conclusion to an epic trilogy.
Seventeen-year-old precognitive Olivia Dresden is an optimist. Since different versions of people's futures flicker before her eyes, she doesn't have to believe in human decency. She can literally see the path to goodness in each person—if only he or she would make the right decision. No one is more conflicted than her mother, Chairwoman Dresden, and Olivia is fiercely loyal to the woman her mother could be.

But when the Chairwoman captures Ryder Russell, a boy from the rebel Underground, Olivia is forced to reevaluate her notions of love and faith. With Ryder's help, Olivia must come to terms with who her mother is in the present—and stop her before she destroys the world

Seize Today, by author Pintip Dunn, is the third and final installment in the authors Forget Tomorrow trilogy. For summary sake, Seize Today begins 6 months after the ending of Remember Yesterday. If you remember anything about that story, you should remember how the story ended, and why Jessa did what she did. If you haven't read Remember Yesterday, or Forget Tomorrow, you really should do so in order to understand what has happened to this point, and who the main characters of this trilogy are. 

This is a world that has chosen, thanks to Marigold Dresden aka The Chairwoman, to force all 17-year olds in North Amerie to receive a memory from the future. This memory is necessary for everything from financial stability, education, and well, you get the idea. It all began after Callie Stone received a future memory that saw her killing her own sister, Jessa. Callie managed to twist fate around by doing something so shocking, that it sent her into a coma for 10 years. In the second installment, Jessa Stone took the reigns of the series, and shocked the hell out of readers with her betrayal of her family that has seen her become an outcast. 

Now, we get to Olivia Dresden, the most complicated character in this entire series. Why is Olivia so complicated? Because she chooses to believe there is good in everyone, including her own mother. Because she once saw the end of the world and chose to hide away from it for 10 years. (The same time frame that Callie was in a coma.) 6 months ago she came out of hiding & saw something that encouraged Jessa, now the assistant to Chairwoman Dresden, to listen to her and betray her family. 

Olivia's story really is what you would call coming of age. She has been called shadow, because she shadows Jessa around because she believes that Jessa can help her save the world. She doesn't have confidence in herself because nobody except Jessa, or Tanner, and tried to get close to her. Olivia doesn't just see one future, she can see every single path a persons future might take, including her own. But, things have become even more desperate than before. She has a vision of being killed by a boy with a syringe and can't see past that point. But, that's not all that's strange.

A new virus is affecting nearly everyone with symptoms that make them appear to be vanishing from existence. Olivia, Jessa, and Tanner Callahan have to team up and find a way to save not only Jessa's family, who knew nothing about what she was planning, but the rest of the world as well. Olivia compatriot in this story is Ryder Russell, the brother of Logan Russell who is married to Callie Stone, and the boy who is supposed to kill Olivia in 20 days. Ryder is the boy who has been in every story. 

Ryder's back story is a bit heartbreaking. Ryder is the boy who was adopted by Mikey & Angela Russell. No one should have to go through what he went through. Ryder's back story left him a bit of a wild card, especially after his adoptive parents had a child of their own and his best friend, Jessa, betrayed him and the others. Ryder and Olivia's story is one where you sit on a rollercoaster and hope you don't get tossed off the ride because the straps didn't work properly, or there were too many bumps in the roads for it to be a smooth ride. 

I can honestly say that pretty much every single character has made an appearance in every single book in this trilogy, and that's how the series ends as well. Remarkable considering that most authors would shove these characters to the side and not come back to them unless something really amazing has happened. Callie appears because Olivia considers her to be her hero. She did something that nobody is supposed to be able to do. Callie really set the standard for the next two installments, but I will admit that the last 1/3 of this story, was brilliantly written. A fantastic way to end a series.

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