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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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