Grace and Hayden face separation and war between the camps.
The tale launches where Anarchy (2019) left off, with Grace suffering a broken rib from the latest supply raid. As their relationship deepens, Hayden comes to realize that the greatest act of love he can give Grace is forcefully returning her to her family at camp Greystone, that of his greatest enemies. Upon his so doing, Grace is heartbroken by what she perceives as Hayden’s lack of love for her. She quickly discerns that her family is about to launch an all-out war, a complete takeover of Hayden’s Blackwing, because the raid-and-be-raided construct is no longer sustainable. What few resources were left after the War for Life are now all but depleted, so the fewer people the better. In this sequel, DeVos includes far fewer descriptive sex frolics and instead engages in plot development and tension building. Particularly vivid is the scene when they raid the Armoury that holds—hidden and guarded—the last of the destroyed city’s supplies. Here, as they try to get in and out as quickly as possible, they come across a gruesome warning to potential thieves. The bonus chapter provides emotive context that the first installment lacked and the sad vision that, given the scarcity of resources, history might be doomed to repeat itself. All characters appear to be white.
A brisk portrayal of a frightening dystopian future. (Dystopian romance. 15-18)