Written by: Tera Lynn Childs, Tracy Deebs
Series: The Hero Agenda, Book Two
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for...
Kenna is tired of being lied to - and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, but now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn't commit, and her mother is being held captive in a secret government prison.
Kenna is determined to stand up for what's right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It's time for the betrayal to end. It's time for the real criminals to face justice.
But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna's going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength; her resilience. Because when Kenna's pushed to the limit, she doesn't break down. She fights back.
Now as you may know I was a big fan of the first book in the Hero Agenda Series, from my review here, so it literally was a no hesitation thought that I would request to review the next book. Relentless, picks up a couple of weeks after the first book Powerless left off. Kenna has made it her mission to hit the heroes where it hurts, but first she must rescue everyone that she cares about from their clutches. Which is why this books starts off with a wallop and ends with a bang. It is literally full on action from the get go and makes you vibrate with adrenaline and anticipation throughout the entire story.
"To sin by silence, when we should protest, makes cowards out of men."I loved the strength of characters within this series, each shine with how much of a powerhouse they are as a group, like a close knit family, that just work. I loved that family aspect they sort of project but not as much as I loved the romance between Kenna and Draven, the word soulmates epitomises them. Neither character has changed, they are just as bad-ass and brilliant as they were in Powerless, if anything they have just grown as characters which is all you want in a sequel.
"Hope makes a desperate person let go of logic."The action in this story was non-stop, it literally started from page one and then it was like a never ending journey of full on action after throughout the entire story. In some cases I thought that this made the pacing of the story, a little bit too fast because it didn't give you a lot of time to breath. It was like you were following a tennis match, your head swivelling back and forth, back and forth watching the action unfold, and if you got lost for just a second you were scrambling to catch up to what was going on. It left me feeling dizzy and I don't know how I feel about that, because while I found it exhilarating in some cases, in others I was feeling a little lost. So much was happening all the time that the emotion in some places fell through the cracks, meaning that I just didn't feel the emotional punch that I should of felt, all due to the fact that I was trying to figure what else was happening, trying to catch up and not get lost while it was all unfolding.
"Finally, my attention shifts back to Draven. To the villain who started me down this rabbit hole in the first place. The bad guy who showed me that you are not defined by your powers but by how you use them."All in all, Relentless really thrived character wise, every single character was well thought out and a complete bad-ass. But what let it down for me just slightly was the pacing of the story. It felt as though all the action was all piled on at one time, not giving you enough space, so much so that some of the more big details got lost within it. However that's not to say I didn't epically enjoy this book, I honestly thought it was a real page turner, it lived up to my expectations and I was a little sad to see it end. Fingers crossed there will be more books in series, or more books like this, from these writers in the future.