Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Defector by Susanne Winnacker Review

"Tessa has finally made peace with her life as a Variant. She and long-time love Alec are officially a couple, and for the first time, she has everything she wants.

But the air is tense at FEA headquarters. An agent has disappeared, and rogue variant organization Abel’s Army is likely the culprit.

When Tessa is summoned for her second mission, she is unexpectedly launched into a massive conspiracy. Her best friend Holly is kidnapped and Tessa knows it was meant to be her. But who is after her? And more importantly, why?

When the FEA’s efforts to rescue Holly don’t yield any results, Tessa takes matters into her own hands. Desperate to save her friend and uncover the mystery behind Abel’s Army, Tessa launches her own investigation—but nothing could prepare her for what she finds. Everyone in her life is harboring secrets: Alec, her estranged mother, even the father she never knew.

The truth will take her out on the road and out of her comfort zone, with danger lurking everywhere. Summoning all of her courage and strength, Tessa must decide who can be trusted and what is worth fighting for—even if it means going against the life she thought she wanted. Her final decision will leave readers breathless."

So Defector is the sequel of Imposter of the Variant Trilogy/Series. Let me tell you that the ending of this book leaves off on a cliffhanger. It isn't a big cliffhanger like The Mark of Athena. On the scale of a standalone's (practically nonexistent) cliffhanger to The Mark of Athena's cliffhanger, I'm going to say that this one is probably something like Cress's cliffhanger. Cress. From Marissa Meyer's series.

Okay. Obviously not everyone speaks books, so I will have to spell things out a bit more. The ending leaves off with the reader (that is me) wanting more. My recommendation for a reader who hasn't read this book yet to not read Defector. Until the sequel of Defector (which will hopefully be the ending of this series) comes out. And who knows when that book might come out? (And today's date is February, 4, 2015). 

Okay. Let's get to the best parts of this book.

Defector is a solid book. There is a goal. There is a conflict, an obstacle. And there is two dividing sides with different versions of the truth. I find it all awesome to try and find the real truth. You never know which side is really lying until you get to the end. And that is why I mentioned the ending in the first two paragraphs of this review. Because it will end in a cliffhanger, and you'll be like... "What? What is this?"

So yes. It is awesome and amazing.

I think this sequel meets my expectations. It meets my expectations, but it doesn't raise the bar for the next book. If I had to choose a favorite between this and Imposter, I will have trouble. Both of them are great books, but they aren't... standing out very much. Or outshining the other? Yes. Outshining the other. 

Tessa's faith in the FEA is challenged. She is shaken to the core, and she finds truths in lies, lies in what seems to be truths. She doesn't know where to turn, and she struggles to find the right thing. She knows that her friends at the FEA can't be trusted and she isn't sure if Abel's Army could be trusted either. It gets really complicated, and I find myself thinking that the FEA is a parent and Abel's Army is that absent father (or mother). 

(Yes. Somehow I managed to turn this into some parallels between two organizations in a fictional book into a real-life battle for the child. And the child is basically Tessa, if you think about it).

Overall, I think Defector is a solid book. It is great. It entertains. And it is exactly like the X-Mens and Shatter Me series. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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