June 07, 2016
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Revenge is easy, but justice is worth fighting for…
Kenna is tired of being lied to—and hunted by the very allies she once trusted. Unearthing the dark secrets of the superhero world has not only endangered her life, now her boyfriend faces execution for crimes he didn’t commit and her mother is being held captive in a secret governmental prison.
Kenna is determined to stand up for what’s right and save those she loves from unspeakable fates. It’s time for the betrayal to end. It’s time for the real criminals to face justice.
But the truth is even more terrifying than Kenna could imagine. A conspiracy threatens the fate of heroes, villains, and all of humanity. If Kenna’s going to survive, she must draw on her deepest strength: her resilience. Because when Kenna’s pushed to the limit, she doesn’t break down. She fights back.
One of the first things to mention is that this book, the sequel to Powerless really does not have a lot of fill-in/catch up. If you didn't read Powerless you'll probably be able to figure out what's going on, but it's much better if you do read it because Relentless seems to assume you did (and because it's a very good read, of course).
In Powerless we met Kenna, Draven, Dante, Deacon, Nitro, Riley and Rebel. We learned about the heroes and villains, what Kenna had always thought was true about them and what she was now seeing was really the truth. It was also discovered that Kenna was not as powerless as she always believed.
Now, with her power, her knowledge of how things really are and the desire to protect those she cares about, Kenna will fight. Even if it possibly puts her life on the line, she can't let things continue on as they are.
One of my favorite things about Relentless was how well the authors used the characters' different powers, especially in action scenes. There were usually at least half a dozen characters involved but each one's power(s) were all used either in support of another's or against them seamlessly. Not only was everyone involved, but their powers helped accomplish their goal, protect their team and counter attacks from the other. It makes it a truly fun superhero (or villain, of course) read.
Kenna's character has changed a lot from that girl in the lab, just wanting a chocolate bar and stumbling into something far bigger than she could have imagined. She, literally, is no longer powerless. She's learned some hard, painful truths and had to change beliefs she's held her whole life. She's lost a lot but also gained quite a bit, as well. I like learning about the heroes and villains through her and the other characters and how they've all grown from the beginning. This book works as the end of the series, but I would happily read more, too.
received for review from publisher, via NetGalley