Ahoy there me mateys! I received this fantasy eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So here are me honest musings . . .
counterpart (Haley Stone)
Title: counterpart – book two in the machinations series
Author: Hayley Stone
Publication Date: TODAY!! (e-book)
I reviewed book one of this series back in May and highly enjoyed it. Hydra contacted me about book two being available to request. Yes please! So very glad I did because book two was even better than the first. If ye haven’t read that one, then ye read the rest of this review at yer own peril.
This novel takes us back to the conflict between the killer machines and humans. It was so nice to go back to Rhona’s story. She has continued to grow as a person and yet is still struggling with the ramifications of being the face of the rebellion against the machines.
The quibbles I had in the first book were absent in this one. No love triangle. Machines had limitations that made more sense. Technology did not magically work all the time.
The relationship between Rhona and Camus continues to be explored in this one. But I rather like the fact that they both are still working on and through the ramifications of their relationship while the world is falling apart around them. Their relationship questions felt more natural in the overall storytelling arc.
There were a lot of twisty plot points that I loved. Some that made me sad. Only one major plot point seemed to be coming (and it did at the end) but even then there were some surprises in the hows of it happening. The ending was satisfying and totally set up the next book in the series.
I want it.
Side note: Hydra is “Random House’s digital-only imprint focused on science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles.” Cool.
So lastly . . .
Thank you Hydra!
The publisher has this to say about the novel:
The high-intensity sci-fi thriller series that began with Machinations continues as reincarnated insurgent Rhona Long faces off against the one enemy she can’t outwit: her own clone.
The machines believed their extermination of the human race would be over as quickly as it began. They were wrong. As the war against extinction intensifies, people are beginning to gain the upper hand.
Commander Rhona Long understands survival better than most. Killed in combat, she was brought back to life using her DNA, and she’s forged a new, even more powerful identity. Now the leader of the resistance, she’s determined to ensure the machines are shut down for good.
But victory is elusive. The machines have a new technology designed to overcome humanity’s most advanced weaponry. Despite Rhona’s peacekeeping efforts, former nations are feuding over resources as old power struggles resurface. Worse, someone inside the resistance is sabotaging the human cause—someone who, from all appearances, seems to be Rhona . . . or her exact replica.
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