Thursday, October 29, 2015

#Thursday Review - The Trials by Stacey Kade (Young Adult, Science Fiction)

Series: Project Paper Doll # 3
Format: Hardcover, 328 pages
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult / Science Fiction

After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started—under the cruel control of Dr. Jacobs, head of the research facility that created her. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials; a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation.

But Ariane is no one’s weapon. She is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most—the person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone.

As her plan takes shape Ariane will need to depend on, now more than ever, the other side of her heritage—the cold, calculated instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone she has nothing left to lose.

With heart-pounding action, and plenty of surprises, the gripping conclusion to Stacey Kade's Project Paper Doll series delivers a powerful finish that will keep fans hooked to the very end.

The Trials is the final installment in Stacey Kade's Project Paper Doll trilogy. Ariane Tucker, aka GTX-F-107, has been returned to Dr. Jacobs labs after being on the run with her boyfriend Zane Bradshaw who was last seen in peril, and his fate unknown. She must now get ready to participate in a competition where she will be pitted against her fellow genetically engineered hybrids Ford, and Carter owned by Dr. David Laughlin, and a mysterious participant from Emerson St. John, who uses an entirely different technique.

Ariane has really grown as a character since she was introduced in The Rules. Life has knocked her down, but not out. She's no longer an innocent bystander, but a player that everyone wants a piece of, including a mysterious character that gives her hope. It has only been a month since her life was turned upside down, and tossed around like a ship on the ocean.

She totally blames her self for what happened to Zane, and is really angry with Jacobs and wants to take him down while trying to help her "siblings." But, what kept my interest in Ariane is that she has some really amazing skills when it comes to freezing a person, or stopping a person's heart from beating and she hasn't given up fighting even when hope seems to be fading.

The trials are a way to judge who has the better "product" that can be used by the Department of Defense to create secretive soldier assassins. Whereas Ariane can pass easily for a human, the other contestants can't. I dare say I wasn't shocked, nor surprised at the arrival of the third contestant. There was absolutely no way in hell that Kade was going to get away with killing HIM off without a ton of complaints.

Ariane and Zane aren't the perfect couple, but they do understand the other. Zane has gone through life believing that he wasn't worthy like his older brother. Ariane learned of her origins, and was supposed to follow strict rules set by her adoptive father. That didn't last very long. One could say that Ariane and Zane were drawn together because Zane needed someone to want him as he is. He can actually be himself, and not someone his father demands him to be.

The Trials alternates narratives between Zane and Ariane once they arrive in Chicago. This idea was fine with me since getting instead of Zane's head and what he went through in order to survive, was definitely worth the effort. There is a bit of a shocking revelation in The Trials which I won't spoil. Let's just say that I can't see the point of it unless it was to show how much of a bastard Dr. Jacobs really was. 

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