Histrionic characters overpower the action in this dystopian-political-thriller sequel to Replica (2013).
Nate and his fiancee, Nadia, believe that they have successfully disabled Nate’s father’s plan to indefinitely extend his role as Chairman of the corporate government. As this sequel begins, they naively believe they will have the opportunity to implement reform when Nate inherits the Chairmanship. However, Nate’s father secretly retained the tools he needs to rule forever once he’s neutralized Nate and Nadia. Nadia is sent to a prisonlike mental institution, where she develops a predictably clichéd romance with Dante, a spy for the rebellion. Meanwhile, the Chairman limits Nate’s power by forcing him to accept a fiancee who will be less likely to tolerate Nate’s political ideas—or his secret boyfriend, Bishop, who also happens to be a rebellion spy. Soon, Nate and Nadia find themselves involved, however ill-prepared, in the rebellion. Dante’s and Bishop’s practical skills are not enough to save the plot from an overreliance on convenience—Nadia’s escape from confinement, in particular, stretches the limits of believability. Also unconvincing are the characters’ continual emotional vacillations, which make them simply unpredictable rather than complex, particularly in the novel’s final moments.
Only for fans of the first book. (Dystopian adventure. 14-18)