I’m pushing aside the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.
If you have not read book 1 then this review will contain spoilers for you! FYI!
I really enjoyed this book. It was so different then the first. Lena has changed quite a bit since book 1. She went from a quite conformist to a strong and brave woman. She hardened a lot after Alex’s death. I think when someone you love like that a piece of you dies with them and you have to put those feelings in a box for a while in order to live. She did that and apparently did it very well. She had a learn a completely new way to live life and it wasn’t easy. She had help along the way from Raven and the others but, it was still a bumpy road. I like how it would jump from then and now. I think it added a little more mystery to things. The Invalid and Scavenger communities are a lot bigger then I would have imagined. I think Lena felt that way as well. I like how the book progressed and the storyline was great.
Julian. I guess I will always be Team Alex. I liked him in this book well enough but, I missed Alex. I think it was because Alex was Lena’s first love and all that. Julian seems like a good second place though. At some point everyone has to move on I guess.