The Last Hope (The Raging Ones #2), Krista & Becca Ritchie

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We are together. We are one, and we are two and then three, and finally, we have found real, everlasting peace

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins. As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. 

Read my review of the first book in this series The Raging Ones.

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3 / 5

I really loved The Raging Ones: I thought it was so creative, with a setting on a frozen world with a lilac sky where everyone knows the date that they will die, and a trio of soulbonded characters where the two men are in love. I knew it was going to be a hard act to follow and The Last Hope was a good book, but it was a little “far out”.

“You know, you carry yourself like you have a thousand secrets”

The book picks up where it left off: Franny, Court, and Mykal in the brig of a starship, accused on being Human rather than Saltarian as they have always believed. The empire of Saltare spans a number of planets and our trio grew up on the smallest and most provincial of the four, never subjected to a DNA scanner. Saltare and Earth have been at war for years and Earth is losing because Saltarians can only die on their deathday. Kind of hard to fight an enemy that you can’t kill.

The trio are rescued by a new character to the show – Stork – who gets his own point of view chapters, they join up with the Earthen fleet and end up on some hair-brained goose chase involving a prophesied magical baby. The plot is, to be honest, kind of whack. The high point of this book is definitely the characters: Court, Mykal, and Franny are still distinct, realistic, gritty, lovable characters. And then Stork gets added to the mix, tough, devoted, loving Stork who knows what it is to grow up somewhere you don’t truly belong.

It’s better to be cautious. To be alert. To be maddeningly strict and survive than to be starry-eyed in love and perish

This book is fantastically written – all the characters have their unique signature, so I always knew exactly whose chapter I was reading without having to check. Mykal is rough and gruff with slang, Court is precise and in pain, Franny is full of emotion and filled with a sense of urgency, and Stork is reflective and drunk at least 50% of the time. I also thought that this series worked really well as a duology.

I seriously recommend that people give this series a shot – it’s creative, full of life and ideas and fantastic characters.

My thanks to Netgalley, the publisher, and the authors for an ARC of The Last Hope. 

 

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