For 100 years the men and women of Genesis have been separated, living in fear, suspicion and general disregard of one another. Aside from the obvious necessity of procreation, human males and females have been alienated under the curious regimes of the Matriarch and Patriarch of Compound A. When the city of Genesis is attacked and bombed nearly to extinction, a small group of fighters make ready to retaliate against their aggressor, but can men and women join together in a common battle?
Eroyn Fairchild is the freedom fighter that has done the unthinkable; not only rebel but begin a relationship with a boy named Archer Finn. Their mutual attraction is real, but the outcome of their relationship is uncertain and potentially doomed. Eroyn and Archer, along with friends Luna, Blaze and stray dog Rusty must convince all the people of Genesis that the only solution is to mount an attack.
As this is book 2 in a series, there are integral parts of the story that necessitate reading Book 1. I regret I did not have the opportunity to do this, because as a standalone, the backstory and previous events are to be mostly guessed at and leaves the reader both curious and frustrated at the same time.
However, that is my loss; While a plethora of personas remain mysterious and unexplained in the context of book 2, the main characters in this story are brought vividly to life. Readers can feel like they know and care deeply for them, and be on the edge of their seats wondering if they will overcome obstacles and emerge triumphant. I always enjoy stories that explore the "what if" and how people adapt and survive under bizarre and unnatural circumstances.
A recommended read - but only if read in order!