Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
"Ruby never asked for the abilities that almost cost her her life. Now she must call upon them on a daily basis, leading dangerous missions to bring down a corrupt government and breaking into the minds of her enemies. Other kids in the Children's League call Ruby "Leader", but she knows what she really is: a monster.
When Ruby is entrusted with an explosive secret, she must embark on her most dangerous mission yet: leaving the Children's League behind. Crucial information about the disease that killed most of America's children-and turned Ruby and the others who lived into feared and hated outcasts-has survived every attempt to destroy it. But the truth is only saved in one place: a flashdrive in the hands of Liam Stewart, the boy Ruby once believed was her future-and who now wouldn't recognize her.
As Ruby sets out across a desperate, lawless country to find Liam-and answers about the catastrophe that has ripped both her life and America apart-she is torn between old friends and the promise she made to serve the League. Ruby will do anything to protect the people she loves. But what if winning the war means losing herself?"- summary from Amazon
Like I said the other day, I really enjoyed being able to read this right after finishing The Darkest Minds. Both books though end very well, and aren't too cliffhanger-y which, now that I have to wait until the end of the year for the third and final book, is a good thing.
Bracken continues to expand the world in this book and the reader learns much more about what's going on with the government and other agencies. I was a bit sad to leave Liam and Chubs behind but luckily, they both do turn up mid-way through the novel and get to interact with other awesome new characters, like Vida and Jude. I particularly enjoyed the interactions between Chubs and Vida, and Jude was just a sweet, funny character. Bracken really has a way with creating memorable characters that the reader wants to stick with and get to know; I really do think that helps when the book is 500 pages long because when the reader really cares about the characters, the book doesn't feel very long at all.
Overall, a fantastic sequel and I'm so excited to see how it will all end in the final book, out later this year!
FTC: Received e-galley from Netgalley. Link above is an Amazon Associate link; any profit goes toward funding contests.