When Cassondra took Wilma’s energy, Lena’s mission changed. Only revenge matters now.
For the past year, Lena and her small army have tried to finish what they started, beginning with Earth: close the lines between worlds and end Exemplar’s hold on humanity. Unfortunately, the task is daunting. But unlike before, Lena has no problem pulling the trigger. As soon as her army takes care of threats in Earth, Lena goes back to Arcus—only to find out where the next war will be.
Tarek will do anything to mend Lena’s heart, even while she pushes him away. Only death for a death seems to ease the pain tearing her apart. But as much as he desires to heal the woman he loves, Tarek has to make sure Arcus stays safe from extermination.
After an attack, refugees Tarek has sworn to protect are terrified Exemplian authority will destroy their new home. Not able to defeat Exemplar’s direct assault, only one solution remains—a solution that will more than likely end in catastrophe: take the war to Exemplar and shut down their power source.
Lena doesn’t see disaster for her army—she sees victory and demands to go, refusing to miss a chance to kill more Exemplians.
While Lena hopes to save Wilma’s energy during the impossible mission, Tarek fears Lena will lose more than the war.
The last we left Lena and Tarek our hearts were in the pit of darkness and dismay.
It’s not surprising that Lena has taken the loss of her beloved friend to a dark place. She’s functioning on anger, retribution and pain. She’s cut off all her emotions other than the dark ones and tuned out her heart, Tarek. Everyone understands her pain. They feel it as well but there is only so much abuse, disillusion and emptiness her friends can take before this Lena becomes too much to bear for everyone. It’s time she woke up and faced the reality that her lashing out and cutting everyone off is destroying those she loves who are still alive. That realization may come too late. The world around them is crumbling. Arcus, the haven they have created for many is under attack. Innocent lives are on the line and the war they have been fighting has become far more dangerous and deadly.
The truths of the world of Exemplerian hidden behind the curtain will be revealed and those truths will rock everyone to the core. Even if they finally defeat Cassondra can they survive the truths and live happily ever after?
Vroman has a knack for drawing you in emotionally to the story. With every event that happens you feel it deep in your heart. You want to fight with Lena, cry with her and lash out alongside with her. The story has some interesting and exciting revelations that lead to some questions that we will probably see answered in the next part of the Energy series. There is plenty of action, butt kicking, and emotion to keep you wrapped up in the story. But for now I’m going to ponder on the new realities and cross my fingers in hopes that everything is going to one day work out for everyone, especially for Tarek and Lena. Those two deserve a breather and some peace.