Release Day Tour: State of Rebellion (Collapse Series #3) by Summer Lane ~ Excerpt, Brianna's Review and Giveaway
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“This,” he says, “is all yours.”
I step into the room. Weapons and equipment are hanging from every nook and cranny. It’s a goldmine of war goodies. Chris, however, is holding up a single object. A rifle. It’s brand new, it’s sleek, and it’s awesome. He hands it to me.
I curl my fingers around the weapon, the metal cool against my skin. I test the weight. Not too heavy. Just right for my size. A scope is mounted on top of the weapon.
“I’ve really needed one of these,” I say.
“You’re a great shot without optics,” he replies. “With it you’ll be unstoppable.” He hoists a backpack. “I packed this for you. It’s got a new uniform, supplies, equipment. Upgraded radio, night vision goggles.” He grins and pulls out a small handgun. “There are some nice toys in here, too. This one’s just your size.”
“You packed this for me?” I asked, touched. Because with all of the things he’s got to worry about, it’s beyond sweet that he would go to the trouble of getting supplies together for me. “Thank you.”
“My pleasure.” He drapes one strap of the pack over my shoulder. “You’re really in the military now, Cassie. It suits you.”
“I don’t know.” I gaze up at his sure, handsome face. “Does it?”
“I wouldn’t lie to you.” He tucks a loose strand of hair behind my ear. “There’s not a lot of people that would adjust to this sort of lifestyle so well. You’ve got a gift.”
“I’ve got a great leader,” I reply, standing on my tiptoes. “You.”
He laughs softly, placing one hand on each side of my waist.
“Is that so?” he asks.
“Yes.” I kiss his cheek. “Thank you, Chris. For everything.”
“Don’t thank me yet.”
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As the Collapse series is one of my favorite ongoing dystopian stories, I am always excited when a new book is out. I love Cassidy, Chris, and the world in which they live. I assumed wrongly that this book would be the last in the series, but I still wasn’t disappointed in the events that took place in this installment.
After the ending in book two, I couldn’t wait to see what would happen to Cassidy. I like that she did some more growing in this book, taking charge of situations, and pushing her emotions to the back of her mind whenever she could. I love that she still managed to be human, and that we still got glimpses of the girl she was back in book one. She still has insecurities about Chris, but I loved the fact that she didn’t let them get to her. I still think she’s a great narrator for this series, and am anticipating even more character development in the next story, due to what happened at the end of this one.
The side characters were great, as usual. I still think Chris is an amazing love interest, although I am starting to wonder what’s holding him back from declaring his feelings for Cassidy. I was sad that there wasn’t any big scenes between the two of them, but it was wartime. I love the friendship between Sophia and Cassidy, and I think that this was a more prominent element in the story than her romance with Chris, since everyone was busy doing things for the war. Vera was a new character that I don’t have figured out yet, but am hoping to learn more about her in book four. The animosity that Vera has for Cassidy seemed weird, but I’m really hoping that there is an explanation given at some point. Cassidy’s dad put in an appearance as well, and I thought some of his actions were a bit too much, but then, maybe they’re just right for a protective parent.
This books’ plot was all about war. After the huge betrayal in book two, the Freedom Fighters needed to do some serious regrouping. They ended up joining first one organization, and then another. There was action in this book, but it was slow to start. There were some awful scenes, and it really made me feel the horrible atmosphere of war.
Overall, I really liked this installment in the series. I thought it painted a realistic picture of war, and it showed what awful things can happen. There was a bit of drama that I didn’t quite see the point of, but that is a minor complaint. Overall, I definitely recommend any reader of this series to go and pick this one up. Major things happen, and the Omega plot was advanced quite a bit.
Summer Lane is the author of the national bestselling YA/NA Romantic Adventure novels, State of Emergency, State of Chaos, and State of Rebellion, the first three installments in The Collapse Series. She is a freelance writer, publicist and lover of all things feline. Summer owns WB Publishing, a digital publishing company devoted to releasing exciting survival and adventure stories. In her spare time, Summer is the creator of the online magazine/blog, Writing Belle, in addition to being a co-founder and frequent contributor at NA Alley, a website dedicated to all things New Adult. She works as a creative writing teacher and consultant, as well.
Summer began writing when she was 13 years old, due to the fact that the long afternoons after school were somewhat boring, and writing stories seemed to make the time pass a little quicker. Since then she has written many books about jungle cats, secret agents, princesses and spaceships. She is also a non-fiction writer, but her debut novels of The Collapse Series are her favorite books yet. You can find Summer hopping around on the Internet by following her on Twitter @SummerEllenLane. Want to talk to Summer? Email her at: email@example.com
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I was super excited to finally read this book even though I'm new to the subject of zombies. I've watched a few zombie movies, and I think I have read one or two other zombie books before this one, but they all sounded the same so I was interested to see how Nazarea was going to make her book different. The zombies were in some ways similar, but in others not so much. This book had a kick-ass heroine, a delicious male, a little romance, tons of action, and lots and lots of zombies.
Ren is a 'first'. She was born the day that the world ended. She would do anything for those she cares most about no matter what she has to endure along the way; which is one of the things why I really liked her. She can handle things from a revolver to a knife without difficulty; she's a complete badass.
Then there's the drool-worhty Finn. I liked his take-charge attitude. Even though I found some stuff out about him, he's still a complete mystery. I want to know why he is the way he is. The sexual tension between him and Ren is thick. I loved the arguments and digs between these two and can't wait to see if their relationship develops into something more than animosity. They definitely feel something for one another, but I wonder what will happen and how it will happen between these two.
We meet a few other characters along the way. Some I know we'll be seeing more of, but others I doubt it. The story is divided into four parts, I believe, and each part changes point of view between Ren and Finn; which I really liked.
The plot was interesting. The zombies are not your typical moaning/shuffling zombies. These zombies are super fast and I think even a little smart and look pretty disgusting. The Havens, where the people live, were interesting to see and learn about how they came to be. I also liked that it was explained how and why people became infected; I found that information interesting and somewhat different from what I know about zombies.
Overall, I really liked this book. It was different from what I was expecting and I love that the book took place after the end of the world rather than as the end of the world was happening. The heroine is pretty strong and the male main character is sexy but still a complete mystery. There was tons of actions and, of course, lots of zombies and some romance. I can't wait to learn more about these characters and see where they go from here. This being my first Nazarea Andrews book, I did not know what to expect. After reading The World Without a Future, I will definitely read more by her.
Nazarea Andrews is an avid reader and tends to write the stories she wants to read. She loves chocolate and coffee almost as much as she loves books, but not quite as much as she loves her kids. She lives in south Georgia with her husband, daughters, and overgrown dog.
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