Friday, June 10, 2016

#Saturday Review - Relentless by Tera Lynn Childs/Tracey Deebs (YA, Science Fiction)

Series: The Hero Agenda # 2
Format: E-Galley, 288 pages
Release Date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for…
Kenna is tired of being lied to—and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn’t commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.
Kenna is determined to stand up for what’s right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It’s time for the betrayal to end. It’s time for the real criminals to face justice.
But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna’s going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna’s pushed to the limit, she doesn’t break down. She fights back.

Relentless is the second and final novel in The Hero Agenda duology by co-authors Tera Lynn Childs, and Tracey Deebs. Kenna Swift grew up believing that she was powerless; ordinary in a world of super-heroes and villains. But, by the end of Powerless, we discovered that Kenna's reality is a place where black and white are blurred. Where heroes are not always the good guys. Where villains are not always the bad guys.

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

On top of Kenna's awakening to this new reality, came with the fact that her boyfriend and fellow villain Draven Cole was captured by Rex Malone along with Kenna's own mother Dr. Jeanine Swift. Dr. Swift is something of an urban legend when it comes to developing cool new weapons and technology. Kenna has since learned that those in power can easily be corrupted, while her new villain friends are only trying to survive to see another day. She has also found herself with powers of her own; the ability to affect electromagnetic forces. 

Kenna has come a very long way in a very short period of time. She takes charge of the villains mixed with sympathetic heroes group to rescue Draven and her mother. She cobbled together an assortment of both villains and heroes to fight against Rex Malone. They include Riley, Deacon, Dante, Jeremy, V, and Nitro. Over the course of this story, Kenna really is the ultimate leader of the Hero/Villains team that tries to take down a megalomaniac who has done a whole lot of bad things to villains and heroes alike, including his own daughter Rebel.

Relentless is a fantastic story with fun action scenes, romance, intrigue, and surprises. I am on V's bandwagon like others I respect. I liked that she took her babysitting duties seriously. I loved her call signs for each of the villains and heroes. HB1, HB2, etc. I loved that she has a sense of attitude, honor, and humor. I loved that she became one of Kenna's team and even played a not so small part in bringing the story to it's conclusion.

I would have liked more of Anton, the supposed leader of the villains. He plays a bit part, and then totally and absolutely disappears without any hints of returning to help Kenna and her gang against Rex. I was happy with the way things are wrapped up, but was devastated by a heart breaking loss. I could see another book in the future since there is more than enough possibilities for Kenna and her new family and friends.     

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