I received this book via the author, Siobhan Davis. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis
Series: True Calling, #2
Published by Self Publish on 2015-04-30
Length: 440 pages
Reviewing eARC from the author, Siobhan Davis
Back on Earth, Ariana is caught in a dangerous crossfire between clandestine rebel organization Clementia and the power-hungry government. Refusing to divulge the location of the secret information entrusted to her by her late father, she desperately tries to bargain for her Mom, Lily, and Cal’s rescue. She’s fighting a losing battle, and the clock is ticking.
Presented with evidence of her fiancé Cal’s apparent betrayal, she loyally defends him despite her concerns. With her emotions in turmoil, matters become even more complicated as she grows closer to her ex-boyfriend Zane.
When the stakes are raised, a succession of shocking revelations rocks her world, setting her on a path that will not only change her destiny but the fate of humanity.
Confronted by a memory so abhorrent comes a truth she would do anything to forget.
But some things just can’t be undone.
I feel like I lived three lifetimes in the span of this book!!! Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis is a continuation of her series True Calling and is one intense read from start to finish. Ariana is on Earth, having been rescued by Zane and Clementia. She still carries the information her late father entrusted her with and her sixth sense is screaming not to give it up. Cal is still on Novo, having been left there to save herself, the Clementia crew and anyone else that was able to escape (which included her little brother Deacon and his sister Mel). Can Ari save her mom, sister and Cal from Novo, can she uncover what is really going on at Clementia, and when everything turns upside down who will she turn to?
Ari is one of those characters that you love and hate all at the same time. She is brave, strong-willed, and determined but also a bit stubborn, overly dramatic and wholly confused on who she should believe. Presented with evidence that Cal betrayed her on Novo prior to their escape, she doesn’t know who to trust and she certainly doesn’t trust the Clementia leaders. So she keeps secret the information her father gave her, protecting it with her life, only telling Zane where it really is.
Then there is Zane, who I just feel so incredibly sad for. He did not get to go with Ari and her family to Novo, so he has all his memories intact while Ari didn’t even know he existed until she started having dreams of him. She is the love of his life and all he wants is for her to remember, thinking that it will fix everything. He is devoted to her and her family in a way that is both endearing and heartbreaking. He is Ari’s constant and because she doesn’t remember him, he takes the role of her best friend.
And Cal…I honestly don’t know how I feel about him. As I said in my review of book one, Cal is handsome, charming, and seems to really care about Ari, but it is borderline obsession and not just on his part. I feel Ari is more obsessed than in love with him and I have to wonder if it has something to do with the hormones they were given during the Calling. Also with Cal I just don’t trust him, something is off and I’m determined to figured it out!
I wonder if it’s morally right to allow one boy to comfort me when all my thoughts are consumed with another?
I think that quote sums up everything I have to say about the love triangle that I predicted would start in this book. As I’m indifferent to Cal, I actually don’t mind it and I’m obviously rooting for Zane (#TeamZane)! The plot though revolves more around Clementia and the information they wanted from Ari’s father. Clementia is the head of the rebellion on Earth and something is shady about them as Ari’s sixth sense tells her.
Overall I LOVED Beyond Reach just as much as I did book one of the series and I can’t wait for the conclusion in August! Suspense, romance, and lots of action in this book along with more than a few plot twists 😀 make it one intense, can’t-sit-it-down read. If you enjoy science fiction, dystopians, and young adult literature, put this one on your list. You don’t want to miss it!
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True Calling by Siobhan Davis
Series: True Calling, #1
Genres: Dystopian, Fiction, Romance, Science Fiction, Social Issues, Speculative, Young Adult
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Planet Novo, nestled in space twelve hundred miles above the surface of the Earth, is the new home of 17-year-old Cadet Ariana Skyee. Confused by the government-sanctioned memory erase and distressed at her impending forced marriage and motherhood, Ariana’s plans for the future are thrown into complete disarray.
As the traumatic events within her family life enfold, Ariana grows increasingly alarmed at the authorities apparent pre-occupation with her and feels progressively more isolated and alone.
Her growing feelings for fellow Cadet Cal Remus intensify as the recently announced pageant, ‘The Calling’, gets underway. Struggling to comprehend the continuous, inexplicable dreams of the mysterious Zane, discovering the past helps shape her future, with devastating personal consequences.