After Trilogy, Book 2
Synopsis: The end of the world brings chaos, madness, and psychic powers. For Emma and Arthur, separated by an ocean, it brings a love that demands everything. Emma’s beloved daughter is kidnapped by vengeful raiders, and Emma embarks on a soul-crushing journey to rescue her. When Arthur finds Emma, can she trust him? Against impossible odds, Emma draws near the rogue camp, where she also confronts the deepest choice of her heart….
Review: This series is really a great discovery for me. I fell in love with the first book and when I had the opportunity to read the second and third book in this trilogy, I admit that I did not hesitate. And I just loved this new story. I find it very interesting to read dystopias, but it is often easier to fall on good young adults ones in this genre than of good adults stories, but this one is really exciting.
The story takes us therefore some time after the end of the first volume. Emma has returned to Canada, to her family and she is now with her husband and her two little girls. Everything should perfect for her, if only the presence of Arthur was not hovering in the mind of our heroine. She knows she has to put her family first and she can’t not just abandon them now that she has returned, but it is very difficult not to follow what her heart really wants. But when Beth, her older daughter, is kidnapped by raiders, it takes no more than this for this mother to go and look for her even if she knows that her husband can not help her in this adventure. Because of that, she goes alone looking for Beth, desperate to find her missing child while she could have died many times. And when she thinks that nothing could be more complicated, it seems that Arthur and some of her friends came for her, Arthur wants to win her back despite her stubbornness but he is also here to help her find her daughter despite her refusal to engage.
Emma has a very special relationship with these two men. In this ruined world, she did not think that one day she would find her husband again and has created an unbreakable bond with another man different from her husband, Arthur. But now she knows she can not leave her husband as he needs her as welll as her children. Haywood knows what happened in France, but he loves Emma and her daughters more than anything and he is determined to keep her with him. But Arthur is also in love with her and would do anything to get her back and bring her back in France. It is terrible to be Emma, to need to choose between these two different men who love her more than anything. But it’s not the only thing she has to think about and she knows she can not divorce or be away from her daughters. All this really broke my heart, we can see all the sacrifices she made to try to do the best and yet it is not easy. She always remains in doubt, and her opinion is constantly changing. I must say that the two men do not really help.
We can also discover a lot of revelations in the novel. Some nice surprises and I took a great pleasure in discovering everything. We also meet a lot of characters that we did not know and all are very intriguing. The plot itself is well done, we follow Emma in her mission to find her daughter, and this is really fraught with obstacles of all kinds. Now that I finished the book, I ‘m really looking forward to read the third and final book to find out what will happen in this world so different. If you like dystopias I really recommend this one by Traci L. Slatton as it is a great read.