Monday, March 23, 2015

Book Review: Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz

Rebellion (Extraction #2)
Author:  Stephanie Diaz
Publisher:  St. Martins Griffin, 324 pages
Publication Date:  February 10, 2015
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley

From Goodreads:
The uprising has begun.

It's been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him...and put an end to this war?

As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan...and losing control of herself.

Rebellion is an entertaining sci-fi book, but at the same time, it all feels so familiar. The special girl with the ability to resist a mind-altering serum.  The evil government with one particular villain who has it out for the special girl.  However, even when the villain in charge (there are a lot of villains) has the opportunity to kill the girl, he doesn't because he needs her for some unexplained reason (I guess because she's just so special).  Whenever that happens, it never makes sense to me.

It's about a rebellion (obviously), but I have to say, it's the most poorly planned and executed rebellion I've ever read about.  What doesn't go wrong?  While there's a lot of action, at the same time, nothing happens.  What I mean by that is that the plot doesn't really progress.  Definitely a case of middle book syndrome.  

Although I know it doesn't sound like it, I did like the book, but I really like where the book is headed.  The whole alien race and war that's coming.  Now that, I'm excited about.  

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Alien race? Mind-altering serum? Sounds familiar, but like something I may enjoy. Ugh for middle book syndrome though. I kind of skimmed your review since I haven't read the first one, but I think I'll go check it out on GR.

  2. Hmm. The fact that this book has the best planned and executed rebellion pulls me in but the fact that it reads the same as other books and suffers from MBS has me thinking this one is a skip. This series will be another that depends on the final book outcome.