20 August 2013

The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness #2) by A.G. Henley

The Defiance (Brilliant Darkness #2)
by A.G.Henley.
Audience/Genre: Young Adult,Dystopia.
Publication: July 29th 2013
It hasn't been long since Fennel, a Sightless Groundling, and Peree, her Lofty Keeper, fell in love and learned the truth: the Scourge, and their world, are not what they seem.

Fenn and Peree are determined to guide their people to the protected village of Koolkuna, but first they must convince them that everything they believe is a lie. An impossible task, especially when someone seems hell-bent on trying anything--even animal sacrifice and arson--to destroy the couple's new bond and crush the frail truce between the Groundlings and the Lofties. Not everyone wants to uproot their lives in the forest, and those who stay behind will be left terribly vulnerable.

Fenn and Peree's resolve to be together, and the constant threat of the Scourge's return, push both groups to the breaking point. Unable to tell friend from foe, Fenn must again decide how much she's willing to sacrifice to ensure the future of the people of the forest.

Only this time, the price of peace may be too high to bear

Reviewed by Kelly.

Talk about all over the place emotions here! One minute you are happy and the next it is so sad and hopeless. I felt a wide range of anger, hate, sorrow, despair and hope, love and then bam it ends with another emotion. I was finally relaxing after the long journey it took to get to the end of the book that I didn’t see it coming. Yes, there is a cliffhanger.

If you haven’t read the first book, you would want to read it first. There is so much you wouldn’t understand if you jumped into the second one.

I was grateful that at times the author put things in the beginning to remind me of some of the things that happened in the first book.

Also, I don't really think of the Scourge or the ill ones as Zombies. Ms. Henley described them in such a way that I didn't feel that way at all.

Fenn and Peree return from Koolkuna to get her brother and anyone else who would come with them to find peace and understand about the Scourge. That they really aren’t the Scourge but ill ones, they can talk to you if you aren’t drinking the water near their home.

But there is a long history and much mistrust in the two factions of people, the Lofties and the Groundlings. It’s kind of like Romeo and Juliette, a forbidden love. And everyone constantly tries to separate the two. But Fenn and Peree love each other and they will do what they need to be together.

Well, except that Fenn is a little stubborn in trying to get people to listen and not leave when she is almost killed and threatened multiple times.

I love how Peree is always there for Fenn and doesn’t care that she is blind. He doesn’t care about their differences and loves her so unconditionally. Fenn loves him too and also loves her brother fiercely and almost looses everything in getting people to leave.

Bear still carries a torch for Fenn but is there for her, however he can. Moray, well he is still a jerk but there is a motive to his madness here.

I don’t think I can tell you too much without ruining the end. But I will tell you that Moon has her baby outside of a good shelter. That was so sweet.

I just hate cliffhangers! Grr....

Meanwhile, I will share some excerpts from some of the sad parts that put some perspective on loss.

"It's a gift that you're still alive, Bear. A gift your family wasn't given. Don't squander it."

"Don't run away from the pain, Fenn. Feel it, respect it, and move on,like Aloe told me to do. Burying it only makes you sick inside. Trust me"

"And that's when it hits me. My broken heart is irrelevant. How **** or Aloe would feel doesn't matter much, either. It's far too late to worry about that. But I can make Peree happy. I can do that. Isn't that what love really is, after all? Setting aside your own problems to be there for the other person when they need you? It's what Peree's always done for me."

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