Author: J. Kowallis
Format: eBook (Review copy)
Genres: Dystopia, Action, New Adult
Date of Publish: February 29 2016
Number of Pages: 440
They say you feel cold when you die.
The people I’ve killed would beg to differ.
For twenty-something Ransley, the adopted daughter of famed street fighter Estevan Benitez, fighting is all she knows. One hidden detail separates her from the endless string of her pathetic opponents: she can craft and influence heat and fire.
When she’s pitted against the strongest fighters at the infamous Argolla, Ransley faces something she never expected:
A man like her.
Roydon can duplicate himself. When the two collide in the ring, a chain of deals turns Roydon over to Public Four and he’s taken away to undergo the disturbing process of the Nexis. What it is, or what it does, no one outside of The Public knows.
Driven by guilt and a desire to release the only person she’s ever met who’s like her, Ransley isn’t about to leave him for dead—not when he might hold the answers to her missing past. Now she must trust a pair of strangers: a former military man out to collapse the system, and a woman whose premonitions could tear them all apart.
Okay first of all, I gotta say this; the author of this book needs a pat on the back and some awesome fireworks presentation because of what she have just given us readers. This book is a mega WOW! It was wild from start ’til the end and had me once again at my figurative ‘edge of the seat’ and flippin’ and breezin’ to the end. Its so action packed and so badass, gosh its just all so exhilarating and Encender by J. Kowallis is the second installment of her series Enertia Trials. The book introduces new characters but like Afterimage, the first book, it splits in different point of views of the characters who are gonna make a big play in the plot.
In here we are introduced to the new characters such as Ransley, Roydon, Estevan and Carmen and it took place in Los Ángeles. The story opened up 20 years ago when a middle aged Estevan found a little girl lying on the road who grew up to be Ransley. Ransley is like Reggie, whom we met at Afterimage, and she can control fire. The world of Encender is more brutal and cruel compared to Afterimage, even their Public is very picky on who’s gonna be part of their community; where as in Public One the Nomads can wander inside the walls, in Public Four one does not simply enter for the gate got lasers on it. Even their way of making people their version of perfect is quite appalling because in Public Four they reconstruct everything and remove the parts of the person that makes them imperfect. But enough of the comparisons between Public One and Four, let’s talk about the characters…
So there’s Ransley,honestly she’s so freaking bad ass and cool! That is, until Roydon came in the scene. I like the relationship between her and Estevan because she has a father figure to turn to and someone to raise and guide her and teach her how to fight as she was growing up, so I kind of felt bad when she ditched her at the camp to go after Roy. And speaking of Estevan what the hell happened to him? Guess we’ll all find out in the next book. Okay so this whole thing about Ransley coming after Roy is kind of bugging me because at some point I can tell that she’s attracted to him and it was confirmed when Reggie addressed the issue. At that time before everything was explained I’m all like “What the hell Ransley, you knew the guy for less than 72 hours!” Roy or Roydon is like Reg and Rans, he has an ability where he can astral project or multiply the number of his body, kinda like Naruto’s kage bushin technique but with less number. Nate and Reggie’s relationship still has it crack on it since Liv’s death and its really crazy since they didn’t to make up and let out their feelings til its too late. Carmen’s character is disturbing since that failed rescue mission that makes me wanna reach into the book and shake some sense into her but as the plot progresses I saw how impressive her character is and how she’s trying to hold it together.
I like the brutality of the fights in the book where someone who’s being beaten barely made it out alive and most end up with a broken neck or a dislocated shoulder. That’s a major step up from the events of the first book. And remember when I said Ransley’s attraction to Roy kind of bugs me out, well there’s a scientific explanation to that, courtesy of the big bad Martin Lobb, which I’m not gonna tell you so you have to read the book. I would love to say more because this book so FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC but you have to read it so I’m not gonna spoil it for you.
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