A few months ago I read the first installment of this series Dissident after Cecilia contacted me asking if I would be interested in receiving a copy in exchange for a review, and a few weeks ago contacted me about the sequel, Conscience.
I will start with this: this isn't an easy book to read, there are a lot of themes in here that are only suitable for adults and are hard to read. But:
Wow, just wow...
I only gave the first book 3.5 stars but this? This gets 5 perfect stars from me. The book was amazing in every way possible. Once I picked it up I didn't want to stop and every second I could spend reading it I did. Like the first book in the series, this book is told in both the past and the present and picks up from where the last book finished.
Maureen is with Caroline trying to get her to safety but her plan doesn't work and Caroline falls back into the hands of the people Maureen was trying to protect her from: the Fed. What follows is absolutely harrowing and I can't put into words how it made me feel. I just wanted to reach into my Kindle, save Caroline and protect her.
As Caroline tries to stay strong in the face of her captors she dreams of her past and this is where the flashbacks come into play. I didn't enjoy the flashbacks so much in the installment, I found them difficult to differentiate but in this book I loved them, it gives not only Caroline but the reader, a break from the hell she is going through.
The flashbacks show you her life with John, her husband, and boy, is he hawt. If I thought he was attractive in the first book this book has nothing on John in the first installment. He is so insanely hawt and the sex scenes? *fans self*
As the book progresses the flashbacks align with present day and we finally start to learn why America is the way it is and what Caroline has done to get on the wrong side of those in charge. There was one flashback after a present day chapter that broke my heart completely, Caroline is losing her will after the hell she's been put through and is faced with evidence that her children aren't safe and we then see the chapter where she sends them away to keep them safe. That absolutely broke my heart and had me in tears and it all just goes downhill from there for her. There are people in this book who I can't wait to get their just desserts and I will be cheering when they do.
Cecilia warned me when she sent me a copy of Conscience that I would need tissues and she was so right. This harrowing installment of this series had me in tears and I just wanted to hug Caroline and keep her safe. The end of the book has given me more hope for her but I just pray that she can be safe and reunited with those she loves who I really hope are still alive despite the evidence to the contrary.