This is book two in the Verge of Desolation series so if you are new to the series, skip the blurb and I will do my best to keep out any story spoiling information as you will want to start with book one, The Mill reviewed here.
Jen has departed, leaving mechanically augmented Hopper at the top of a dimensionally phasing building wondering what’s next. Riding home, she encounters the strange but intriguing Ravin, a man so desperate to make a change in their cruel world, Hopper’s never fully sure she can trust him. Her thirst for revenge against the doctors of The Mill shapes the revolt of their century as she adopts Ravin’s quest for freedom and unravels a secret which cuts deeply into her heart. Return to The Mill with Hopper and Ravin on their bloody adventure to destroy the source of the depraved experiments and save the world from the true evil that plagues it.
Revolt picks up straight from where The Mill left off and as with its predecessor is an action packed story that flies along and keeps the body count high, It has a lively, cyberpunk feeling, keeping it fresh with unexpected events and quirky characters..
As usual Jess presents a strong female lead – a theme running through all her work – and one that appeals to both sexes. This time our heroine is plunged into an uneasy alliance which radiates tension and vulnerability adding another layer to a story already rich with dark imagery. It is that uncertainty which drives the book and keeps an air of mystery to the proceedings as the reader can never quite tell what sort of twists will occur and where that will take the adventure.
Goodbye, you elegant weirdo
The uncertainty drives the character arcs and reveals that there is always something more to each player than was first imagined. This metamorphosis of character is something that is a constant through the Verge of Desolation series, which really adds, not only to the scope of the characters but also the unpredictability of the story.
Interestingly when the big twist hits, it is totally unforeseen and is done in true sci-fi style, making this reader sit and ponder about just what that meant for not only the characters but also for the world. It’s a really fascinating change in the narrative direction that escalates the whole idea of the series and is particularly challenging to not talk about in reviews.
She needed to do something fast – something drastic and reckless. Something fun.
It’s violent and a great visual rollercoaster of a book which keeps the reader eyeball deep in action and the pacing fluid. After closing the book, it seemed pointless to attempt to imagine where Jess will take the series next but that is part of the fun, anything can happen and the only sure thing is that the ride will be wild and being a henchman is a stupidly risky business.