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Published by Macmillan on February 9th 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson--the only boy she's ever let herself care about--to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens--half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.Once again, everything Ari's come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.
A fantastic end to this series!
Collide is the third (and final…AHHH) book of The Taking trilogy by Melissa West and I have to admit, I have mixed feelings about having this in my possession. Mostly happy because now I know what has happened with Ari, Jackson, and the rest of the group…but also sad because this series is officially complete. **Note: If you have not yet read books one and two (um…what are you waiting for) you will probably want to stop reading here. I don’t usually post anything spoilery but I also don’t want to ruin anything for you.
Collide picks up right about where Hover left off with Jackson missing and Ari in the hands of those she can’t really trust. As Ari wakes up, she realizes just what she is facing. Zeus has Jackson and she has no idea what she is going to do to save him. You’re probably going to hate me for what I’m about to say but….I can’t really say much more about what happens next.
I KNOW…that really sucks!!! BUT – I do this for you because I really don’t want to give anything away. Just trust me when I say that you will love how West brings everything back together.
What I will tell you is that now that Ari is back with her parents and her friends and it falls to her to train the people to fight against Zeus and the other aliens. As she slowly discovers, they don’t really have a chance unless she makes them half-breeds like her. As she and the rest of the crew go around trying to make a difference, Ari realizes what is really going on with the new leader of Earth and Zeus.
West does a wonderful job of tying up the remainder of this story and showing us how things will wrap up for these characters. I can’t lie…there is some heartache but it helped move the story and these characters forward. West made me feel just about every emotion as I was flipping the pages in this story and I couldn’t put it down because I love these characters so much and had to know what was going to happen.
These are some of my favorite characters because I love how tough Ari is and she is smart too. Despite her toughness she has hit this place in her relationship with Jackson that she realizes she needs him and will do whatever she has to in order to be with him. Jackson is his normal swoony self and he, of course is trying to protect her from the dangers that she seems to just throw herself into. I loved seeing how their relationship changed through Hover into Collide…they both have gone through some big changes and come to some major realizations and it is reflected in their relationship and feelings for each other.
This is a great sci-fi series that takes the reader on a rollercoaster of emotions while tying in action, swoons, wonderful characters, and a fantastic story. If you haven’t started this series yet, definitely consider it and if you have and are just waiting for this book to release, grab this as soon as you can. You definitely won’t be disappointed with the remainder of this story.
To Melissa West I say:
Thank you to the author for the review copy!