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One girl. One road. One chance to save what remains…including me - which you can see from my review). It was really hard not to love books that mixed Amish society with apocalypse and vampirism. After that one, I was waiting for The Outside in hope to get the answers, which sadly I didn't get. Not all of them, anyway.
After a plague of vampires is unleashed in the world, Katie is kicked out of her Amish community for her refusal to adhere to the new rules of survival. Now in exile, she enters an outside world of unspeakable violence with only her two “English” friends and a horse by her side. Together they seek answers and other survivors—but each sunset brings the threat of vampire attack, and each sunrise the threat of starvation.
And yet through this darkness come the shining ones: luminescent men and women with the power to deflect vampires and survive the night. But can these new people be trusted, and are they even people at all?
In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, it’s up to one Amish girl to save her family, her community, and the boy she loves . . . but what will she be asked to leave behind in return?
This book continues on the outside, where we get to see the results of apocalypse first hand and with out characters that are in search for answers. You get to see different picture from the outside, but you have no idea what's going on. It's all mix of different things and somehow it seemed to me that this book was actually a battle. Something like science vs. religion idea, which we all are familiar with. This book was really hard on religion and it'd be cynical of me not to say that it actually was hard on science too. But the difference is that science talk is something I can relate to or actually try to understand, while religion not that much. It's me and my view of life, so I guess religious people will appreciate those moments much more.
But honestly, what bothered me the most here is that this transformed from duology to trilogy overnight. Due to that change this sequel didn't suffer from the middle book syndrome for repeating things from the first book, but rather for over complicating everything. I feel like we were given some unnecessary elements, when the story had prefect idea to start with. I guess that now the last(?!) book in this series will give us the full picture and all the answers. I will wait for that, then.
Just to point out that it wasn't such a great disaster as you might imagine, but it's just that I expected so much more. This book still had some good elements, one of them being the growth and development of Katie and Alex's relationship, which was nicely done and my favorite thing in this book.
All in all, it wasn't what I expected it to be and my hopes are with the next book.
Rating: 3 stars.
Until the next time,