Duality (EnertiaTrials 3) by J. Kowallis releases on Friday, which is absolutely AMAZING (check out my gushing 5 star review on the blog)!
If you haven't started this series yet, the time COULD NOT BE BETTER! Afterimage & Encender (books 1&2) are now FREE on Amazon kindle!! They are only free for a limited time so grab your copies NOW! If you like dystopian, great world building, strong characters and just general awesomeness, then this is the series for you!
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OHHMGEE!! I don't even know where to start with this. Duality WRECKED me. This story was brutal. Completely devastating. The Enertia Trials have never been sunshine and rainbows, by any means, but this book was especially savage. And I loved every page of it, even when it destroyed me.
Duality picked up pretty much right where Encender left off. Our group of ragtag anti-heroes separated by wicked circumstance and fighting tooth and nail to get back to each other. The thing I really loved was that each person was going through so much externally and internally, it had kept me glued to the pages throughout the whole thing.
Reggie...oh gawd Reggie. My heart ached for her. Things were so dark for Reggie, but one thing that I felt never truly wavered, was her incredible strength and her deep seeded hope that the future could hold some light.
You could really tell just how much has happened in the two previous books because it all hung like a weight around Nate's shoulders in this one. I could feel the burden he carried. Constantly keeping it together and relentlessly moving forward in pursuit of the only thing left that truly mattered to him, Reggie. While he's always been the cool-headed guy taking charge, you started to see the cracks in this tough exterior. The pressure seemed to be breaking through in waves. It ended up making him more of a wild card than we've previously seen. And it amped up the anxiety big time. I kept trying to prepare myself for him to completely lose his shit all together.
Ransley...holy hell. I LOVE Ransley. She is the ultimate wild card, and I adore that about her. It's her unfathomable amount of passion that drives her and while it can definitely back fire (LITERALLY), it always comes from her heart. She isn't someone that gets close to people easily, but she is someone that would fight to the end of the Earth for you once you do break past the prickly exterior. As horrific as Reggie's struggles were, my heart freaking SHATTERED for Ransley. I just can't. I still can't even process what happened with her. I worry for her, I really do, maybe more than anyone else right now. I also have to say how absolutely PERFECT her ability is for her. This wild, ferocious, all consuming, and utterly beautiful thing. This girl is on fire!!!
All I can say is thank goodness for Roy. I feel like he was a solid anchor through this tale. He really stepped up and tried to hold things together while all hell was breaking loose around him. He was the yin to Ransely's yang, there's no arguing that. Which ultimately left Ransley questioning their relationship even more. I also think Roy has one of the COOLEST abilities I have EVER heard of. I love the idea of corporeal fission...imagine how much you could accomplish with that ability?! All the books you could read!!!
Okay, so besides the AMAZING line-up of characters, this story was a pulse-pounding, anxiety inducing, heart-breaking roller-coaster ride that you won't want to end. It is EVERYTHING I want in a dystopian book especially. It is vicious, ruthless and so utterly raw, it will scrape against your nerve endings and you'll keep wanting more. I can't recommend this series enough! Each new addition has topped the last, even when I thought there was no way that was even possible! Be forewarned though, this book will gut you. It will tear you apart and turn you into a bloodthirsty animal by the end. I can't wait to see what happens next, for so many reasons, but especially after that heart-wrenching ending!
I also want to get personal and even more fan-girly for a quick moment. A million squees and thanks to J. Kowallis for so many things, the beautiful paperback copy of this book for review (which totally floored me to see my quote on the cover!), the super sweet shout out in the Acknowledgments, and more than anything, for being such a kind, cool, and totally bad-ass story teller that weaves these deliciously addictive tales that I can't get enough of! Thank you, a million times, thank you!
"My opponent's eyes are cold and detached. You have to be like that in this world. You can't care-or think about what you're doing. You can't think about the lives you take, because if you do...your will end in one snap of de Dios fingers."
I have been trying to come up with the words to say about this book, and what automatically keeps coming to mind is that this was not necessarily the book I wanted after reading Afterimage, but what it was, was just the book I didn't even know that I needed. I so bad wanted Encender to pick right up where Afterimage left off, with the characters that I fell in love with, and I would be lying if I said I wasn't initially a little bummed that what I had wanted was not what I had got. Instead Encender gave us these intruders. These brash, intense, barbarians literally fighting their way into this world...and eventually your heart. Ransley, Roydon, and even Estevan and Carmen were stark reminders of the harsh world they are a product of. So while they weren't exactly what I was expecting, or what I wanted, they were a perfect reminder of the savage world that Kowallis has created. I actually quite enjoyed getting to know them and see how they handled themselves while put in these crazy situations clashing against the Public. In fact, I once I started this story, I could barely put it down. I was flying through it, and before I even realized it, these new characters had wormed their way into my heart. Each one of them brought something new and interesting to the story, and ended up being perfect additions to this tale.
It was also riveting and also truly frightening to see what the Public was up to in this new territory. It became clear that we only got the tip of the iceburg in Afterimage, and I am DYING to see what is going to happen next. The abilities were amped up in this addition as well, which was so cool!! I really love where this story line is taking us. I can honestly say that The Enertia Trials are top notch dystopian novels. Each book thus far has been a surprising, exciting, engaging read from start to finish. Every bit I get only makes me crave the next even more. Congratulations, J. Kowallis, I'm officially addicted! I'll just be waiting here on the edge of my seat waiting to devour the next addition to this amazing series!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.