Haunted by memories of those left behind, Lexil and Finn are forced to venture back into the Wastelands.
The Unclaimed Cities are not the idyllic setting Lexil, Finn, and Ceera thought it would be. This new land has challenges of its own – which they soon discover. When Lexil and Finn return to the Wastelands, they are accompanied by Kaylen, someone they can’t decide is a friend or foe. As they retrace their path, they meet up with old allies and enemies, and encounter other treachery embedded in the Wastelands. The trio are then forced to face their own assumptions, prejudices, and fears.
And in the end, to change her fate and alter the destiny of all other Reborns, Lexil must decide what she is willing to risk...
Of both herself and others.
The 100 meets The Hunger Games and Divergent in this stunning sequel to Reborn. One-click today find out if being branded a reborn is a myth, a curse...or a destiny.
“No, I don’t,” she repeated with firmness. “And I don’t understand you. You’re risking your health by listening to all the Wisps at once.”
“Why are you laughing?” Lexil huffed, frustration rising up her throat like a bad meal.
“My health is fine.”
“No, it isn’t. It can’t be. They said those who can’t filter Wisps—”
Nose twitching, she uttered, “That’s what I just said.”
Unfolding her arms, she flung her hands out. “But you said—”
Adie tapped her nose with a finger. “You mistake willingness and ability. I can filter all the Wisps I would like. Yet, I select a different path. Mine is my own.”
“A different…” She inhaled sharply. “For the—just answer a simple question, Adie!”READ MORE
Adie rose and placed a hand on each of Lexil’s shoulders. “A simple statement. Those who wish to tune something out, and cannot manage to, suffer. Those who wish to embrace, and cannot, suffer. Those who want to listen, and can, thrive.”
She mulled this over before saying, “You mean…making the choice makes a difference?”
Adie winked, releasing her grip on Lexil’s shoulders. “True to life.”
As Adie bent to brush her fingers over a patch of grass poking through a flat section of dirt, Lexil spontaneously asked, “How old are you, Adie?”
Adie hopped over her matt and strolled away.COLLAPSE
Anthony Avina on Amazon wrote:
Canadian author Jenna Greene teaches middle school in Alberta, Canada and so it is rather natural that her books to date are for young adults – especially in the age group that Jenna teaches. She has published six books to date – IMAGINE, HEROINE, REALITY, HERITAGE, REBORN and now RENEW, Book 2 of the Reborn Marks series.
For readers new to both the author and have not enjoyed her Imagine Series it will come as a fine surprise that here is an author who knows how to weave spells the old-fashioned way and yet make her topics both contemporary and fantasy projected. As this is Book 2 of the Reborn Marks series, this reader would recommend reading Book 1, REBORN prior to entering this continuum. But this volume is so well written that it can successfully be a standalone.
The contagious manner in which Jenna relates this strange fantasy is grounded in reality – a factor that makes the ‘other world’ and incredible creatures held in place She summarizes this interesting concept and plot as follows: ‘Haunted by memories of those left behind, Lexil and Finn are forced to venture back into the Wastelands. The Unclaimed Cities are not the idyllic setting Lexil, Finn, and Ceera thought it would be. This new land has challenges of its own – which they soon discover. When Lexil and Finn return to the Wastelands, they are accompanied by Kaylen, someone they can’t decide is a friend or foe. As they retrace their path, they meet up with old allies and enemies, and encounter other treachery embedded in the Wastelands. The trio are forced to face their own assumptions, prejudices, and fears. In the end, to change her fate and alter the destiny of all other Reborns. Lexil must decide what she is willing to risk, of herself and others,’
The writing is solid and definitely directed toward the younger set, but that is yet another reason why the book works well. If authors can conjure books that attract youngsters to read, then we must bow to them in thanks. Reading Jenna Greene results in that old urge to sit on a park bench and just gaze and chat about all the possible variations of ‘world’ there are/can be!
A heart-pounding and exhilarating new chapter in a fantastic dystopian YA series. The author does a great job of focusing on themes of freedom and survivor’s guilt early on in the narrative, exploring the new world of the Unclaimed Cities as Lexil, Finn, and Kaylen are caught in the middle of a combative and explosive situation with the Reborn Council of Elders, highlighting the new laws that they must face. The balance of this new world with the world that they escaped, and for which they must now venture back into, makes this novel feel like a natural and exciting sequel to the first novel.
Yet it's the evolution of Lexil as she showcases a well-rounded and thrilling journey of a young woman surviving after escaping enslavement to becoming a leader and heroine who must risk everything she has fought for in order to save others. This novel cements her heroic journey and highlights the shifting landscape of this dystopian world that blends realism with sci-fi and fantasy elements.
An action-packed, shocking, and heart-pounding dystopian YA thriller, author Jenna Greene’s “Renew” is a must-read novel. The perfect beach read for any dystopian or YA fan, the author draws the reader into the protagonist’s struggle and highlights her bond with bot Finn and Kaylen, as well as others, which gives her the strength to endure this hero’s journey. By the book’s end, readers will be on the edge of their seats as the shocking cliffhanger leaves them eager for the next chapter of this narrative. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!
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