Phoenix, by Elizabeth Richards, extends the action from the first book.
Our star-crossed lovers, Ash and Natalie, are back and they're engaged. There is hope in the United Sentry States now because everyone is voting to determine whether or not the segregation of the Darklings should stop. But things go wrong when Ash is forced to make a choice with terrible consequences no matter what he chooses. And things go even more wrong after the vote. Ash and Natalie, along with all the rebels, are forced to defend themselves and look for a new way to take down Purian Rose, the leader of the United Sentry States and a cult-like religion. The rebels' plan takes Ash and Natalie, along with the Bastet boy Elijah, all over the land searching for those who know a secret that could help save everyone.
Obviously, this is only the second book in the series, so the ending isn't tied up nicely in a bow. I'm not sure how many more books will be in the series, but I'm guessing the third book will be the last. Can't wait to see how it all ends.
In my previous review of Black City, I mentioned that the story has many similarities to Twilight and The Hunger Games. This book is no different, but I also felt like there were similarities to the Harry Potter series.
The writing style of this second book is pretty fast-paced. I can't say that I liked it as much as the first one, but it was really serving to set up the events in the next book.
Like Black City, Phoenix is for ages 14 and up. There's some sexual stuff and some pretty gruesome scenes. In this book, the characters are 17, so I would recommend it for kids 16 and up who are able to stomach reading about people getting their heads ripped off. Seriously.
Phoenix is published by Putnam, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. It is available to purchase now. I received a free review copy for my honest review.