Book Review: Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz

Posted February 10, 2015 by love2dazzle in Reviews, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: Rebellion by Stephanie DiazRebellion by Stephanie Diaz
Published by Macmillan on February 10th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Dystopian, General, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: ARC
Source: St. Martin's Press
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three-half-stars

It's been seven days since Clementine, Logan, and their allies retreated into hiding on the Surface. Clementine feels almost safe in their company, but she knows it won't last. The rebels may have won one fight against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from over. He will find a way to fly his Core battleship to the nearby planet, Marden, no matter how many lives are lost in the process. Unless the rebels defeat him first. The plan is simple: they will infiltrate each sector and weaken his infrastructure from within his ranks. They will convince the underage workers in the camps to join in the uprising. They will hijack ships, enter the Core, and assassinate Charlie. But Charlie has more weapons in his possession than guns and bombs, and he will do whatever it takes to keep the rebels from ruining his plans. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan and everyone she cares about—and losing control of herself.

“Rebellion” by Stephanie Diaz was way better than the first book “Extraction.” Diaz may have won me over with this one. An uprising has started and Clementine and her boyfriend Logan have escaped to the rebel’s base. Right now they are living in hiding to not get caught while they plan their next strike.

Clementine is struggling with guilt for leaving and also problems with post traumatic stress. Clementine’s anxiety causes her to second guess her decisions as she is trying to help end this war. She has definitely grown up since the first book. I feel like Clementine’s character is the only one that has grown at all.

“Rebellion” is a great sequel to “Extraction” because it is able to stand out on its own. It was nice reading the story and not feeling like it was a combination of a bunch of other YA novels. I think “Rebellion” definitely has its own voice. The plot definitely got better with “Rebellion” and has the reader turning each page being glued to the story.

Diaz definitely did a better job with this book. I think her writing has grown a lot since the first book too. I would love to see her develop her characters more since Clementine seems to be the only that has grown at all. I would like to see the other characters grow and have more depth to them.

three-half-stars

About Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should’ve been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.

About love2dazzle

Ali Kiki is a reader, writer, reviewer, blogger, and photographer in Portland, OR. An avid reader since childhood, you can usually find her devouring a book or stalking the bookstagram hashtag in her lovely apartment surrounded by books. Ali has been blogging since 2006 and she created Dazzled by Books in 2012. Her most recent adventure is making bookish candles for Stub Tail Candle Co., which are sold on Etsy.

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