Thursday 30 January 2014

A Review for Three (Article #5) by Kristen Simmons

Posted by Donna
Release Date: February 11th, 2014
Finished Date: January 16th, 2014
Publishers: Tor Teen
Genre: YA, Dystopia, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 384
Kristen Simmons' fast-paced, gripping YA dystopian series continues in Three.

Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence.

And all that’s left is smoking ruins.

Devastated by the demolition of their last hope, Ember and Chase follow the only thing left to them—tracks leading away from the wreckage. The only sign that there may have been survivors.

With their high profile, they know they can’t stay out in the open for long. They take shelter in the wilderness and amidst the ruins of abandoned cities as they follow the tracks down the coast, eventually finding refugees from the destroyed safe house. Among them is someone from Chase’s past—someone he never thought he’d see again.

Banding together, they search for a place to hide, aiming for a settlement a few of them have heard about…a settlement that is rumored to house the nebulous organization known as Three. The very group that has provided Ember with a tiny ray of hope ever since she was first forced on the run.

Three is responsible for the huge network of underground safe houses and resistance groups across the country. And they may offer Ember her only chance at telling the world her story. At fighting back.

The Review: Three is here! Three is here! And what an ending it is! 

Three starts where Breaking Point ends, and Ember and Chase are trying to reach the safe house, however upon arrival they find the place has been demolished. The only hope they have is finding tracks leading away from the wreckage, so with no other choice, they follow them which leads to Chase finding someone from his past. Days later, they finally come come across a refugee camp where they find some startling discoveries. It's there, that Ember realises that she needs to be the one who helps take down the MM once and for all - but she will need the help of Three. 

I've been a huge fan of this series from the start and it's no secret that I adore it. I love everything that Kristen Simmons has created, I love everything that she's wrote and I love the direction she's set the series in. Having said that, Three wasn't my favourite in the series - I definitely felt it was the weaker in the trilogy, but still it was an exciting and thrilling finale. 

Ember and Chase have really come a long way. No matter how much they get knocked down, they always try to remain hopeful that their situation will get better. I felt for their situation a lot more this time around because of the events that happened in Breaking Point, it really effects them both - Chase more so, but he tries to be strong for Ember. Their relationship is one built on friendship, love and hope. They make each other better and they can never be apart. I've really enjoyed watching these two grow into the characters they are today - I know their journey hasn't been easy but it's certainly memorable. 

With Three being the finale, I expected it to be more about the MM and trying to over throw them, and it was. There were new characters introduced and it was all so uncertain how things were going to end. There's a lot of betrayal and lies and Ember and Chase really find themselves in the middle of it. There is also some shocking twists that I wasn't expecting at all - mainly surrounding a certain character. I was shocked, but in the end, I really enjoyed the way everything came together - I felt everything was done well. As usual, Kristen Simmons writes beautifully and she always manages to draw me into the story. 

In all, I'm sad to see this series end but I believe Kristen Simmons did a fantastic job. It's a series that I won't be forgetting for a long time, and I can't wait to re-read it in the future. 

1 comment:

Natalie Cleary said...

I'm not going to read the review because I haven't read book 2 yet, I'm waiting for Three to come out. ;) I cant wait to jump into the books though!!

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