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Three and three quarter stars here. I LOVED the first book but was a little disappointed here. Perhaps it had less editing. I still finished it, and the ultimate story worked mostly very well. I think I was just a little old (33) for this storyline and the way it went though it ultimately concluded very well.
The Lesser found their Freedom the hard way. They had to endure and struggle along the way. Lives were lost in the pursuit of achieving a more humane life. In the end Abby & Gray, Kyan & Julia got their HEA. Although the final chapter scene where Abby got sick because of the virus was confusing to me. It was never detailed how she recovered from it. She recovered after 2 weeks and her baby is walking and talking while she just gave birth a couple of days. That was kinda odd for me. Nonetheless, it was a happy reunion for all trying to rebuild their lives again.
This takes place in world where people are separated by status, the Greater and the Lesser.
Abigail is part of the Orchard village. They harvest the apples and they get shipped off to the Greaters and Olympus.
It opens up with a prologue on how she really is a greater and how her aunt got her and raised her. Her loving parents didn’t want to give her up, but they didn’t want her to get the vaccine that they knew the truth about.
The opening chapter explains her personality so well. A five year old ate an apple and Norris, a brutal enforcer if you will, was about to give her punishment, but Abby intervenes and takes it for her. Whipping and lashes. *Cringe*
Enter Kyan (oh how I love him so much) her best friend. He finds her almost beaten to death and takes her to the healer. They’ve known each other since they were kids, but sadly he’s an unrequited love and betrothed to someone else. That doesn’t stop their loving friendship though… *happy dance*
Enter Crew Cole. He comes from the Cotton village, where they are there to help with the harvest.
Chemistry is everywhere! Drama and secrets are coming out.
Ohhhh… the secrets. The changes… siiigh.
And the ending, OMG! Near the end I didn’t know what to think… but it kept me intrigued. It does end in a slight cliffhanger, but not where you would die without knowing.
For a freebie, this is an awesome read; a mix of conspiracy, romance, confusion, betrayal, and everything in between!