Review of Ignite (Book 3 in the Resistance Series) by Tracy Lawson

The Greatest Risk Is To Take No Risk At All.
Nationwide food shortages have sparked civil unrest, and the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense’s hold on the people is slipping. The Resistance’s efforts to hasten the OCSD’s demise have resulted in disaster, with Tommy Bailey and Careen Catecher taking the blame for the ill-fated mission in OP-439.
It’s a media circus.
Both teens struggle to survive the circumstances that force them into the national spotlight–and this time, they’re on opposite sides. On the run and exiled from the Resistance members in BG-098, Tommy makes his way to a Resistance safe house in the capital.
Madalyn’s not going to give up control.
The OCSD is preparing to monitor all under-eighteens with the Cerberean Link, a device that protects them against hunger and sickness and can even locate them if they’re lost. Tommy’s now living in close quarters with Atari, an operative who has been assigned to sabotage the Link. But does Atari plan to use it for his own purposes?
Will their relationship survive?
Through it all, Tommy refuses to believe Careen’s loyalties have shifted away from the Resistance, and he’s willing to assume any risk to reconnect with her. Will they be able to trust each other when it matters most?

Okay I caved, I didn’t think I would get to Ignite this month but it was there on my kindle like a beacon, whispering to me that the other books on my tbr could wait and I’m glad I listened!  The story is now so much more now than Tommy and Careen, it really has become a full on Resistance v The State with Tommy and Careen merely players in a game which is much bigger and with far more history behind it than they could imagine.

Careen is under interrogation by Madalyn and the OCSD’s finest – they believe they are interrogating a terrorist and their techniques are real. Things get very intense for Careen as she undergoes humiliating and relentless treatment, what is truth and what is manipulation? As you would expect this type of treatment isn’t easy reading, it’s made all the more heartbreaking by the fact that we all know that this type of treatment exists so we have to feel it with Careen – this series always walks a fine line when it comes to so easily becoming our reality and this brings it home even harder.

With the fall out from Wes’s death in the botched bombing shaking the very foundation of the resistance and with the OSCD in freefall, the public are staging their own revolution as they just aren’t buying the propaganda any more. I love this peaceful protest element and how against the odds Careen’s message still gets through the way she intended.  I’m glad that the public is rising up the way it is, I found the scenes at the Essential Services food bank in book 2 really quite shocking, even though again it’s likely the realism that brings it home. The fact that a simple act of standing in a road, causes mayhem for Madalyn is a small victory but will be one that you’ll give a silent high five to.

This book whilst pretty much all out and out action it does feel like a build up to the final book.  There are lots of different players with different agenda’s and I had to give up trying to piece them all together because if one thing is clear it is that all will become clear in the final book.  The big question is though, will Madelyn be able to turn certain heads? This is certainly becoming a thriller through and through, and with more secrets than ever bursting to get out Revolt is going to be a book not to be missed!

4*

 

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