Author: Chris Babu
Series: Book Three in the Initiation Trilogy
Genre: YA Dystopian
Published: February 18, 2020
Source: ARC provided by the publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
They are protected by lies. He is armed with the truth.
Having survived the Initiation and expedition, one battle remains: the fight for the heart and soul of New America.
Drayden and his friends, enlisting the help of Professor Worth, must find a way back to New America before the Guardians imperil their return. But for these teens, their problems are only beginning. The Bureau, which never expected them to survive the expedition, will do everything in their power to prevent New America’s darkest secrets from getting out.
Drayden’s only hope is the insurrection led by ally Kim Craig. The David versus Goliath battle between good and evil, between truth and lies, will push Drayden to his breaking point and require bravery, self-acceptance, and above all, belief in himself. Backed by the will of the citizens, he’ll need to engineer an ingenious strategy to defeat the all-powerful authoritarians. The question is, will it be enough?
About the Author:
Chris Babu grew up in North Haven, CT, playing soccer and the violin in his free time. After devouring The Shining under the covers with a flashlight when he was eight, Chris was hooked on fiction. He's always had a thing for young adult books. But he's also a major science and math nerd—physics being his favorite—and he has a math degree from MIT.
For nineteen years, he worked as a bond trader on Wall Street, riding the subway to and from work every day. He traded mortgage-backed securities for Bank of America and then Deutsche Bank, where he eventually ran the MBS trading desk. Now Chris writes full-time, always with his trusted assistant Buddy, a 130-pound Great Dane, who can usually be found on his lap. They split their time between New York City and the east end of Long Island. Their omnipresence at home drives his wife Michelle and daughter Lily crazy.
This whole series has been such a fun and dramatic ride that will sweep you away with it's sometimes intense action, horrible secrets, and always with the possibility of the whatifs.
I had the privileged of being able to read this back to back and thoroughly enjoyed every single page of it. I quickly was wrapped up in the slight Hunger Games of it all without being a carbon copy but sticking to it's own horrifyingly realistic take on what could one day happen if so many things don't change and if certain events were to happen.
Filled with friendship, courage, bravery and those wanting better for everyone, this truly was a fun trilogy that I think fans of the genre are doing to not only devour but love.