Oh, the pain of a cliffhanger! This book had a whopper of one at the end, which I am still recovering from. I finished reading this book several days before I actually rode this review, because I was in pain from the ending and didn't want to write a review in the tumult of my emotions. Fear not! This is a great book and a wonderful continuation of the first book, Artificial.
Syl and Bastion have escaped from Elite City after Syl is killed (sort of). Now an android like Bastion, she goes is in search of her people and finds that Sanctuary has been destroyed by the monstrous Cull. Both set out to find where they went and warn them of an impending attack from evil androids in the Elite City. But not everything is as it seems, and their blooming love is tested when Syl realizes that in order to save Bastion, she may have to give him up.
Just as in the first book, I greatly enjoyed the continued worldbuilding by Jadah McCoy! We are introduced to another colony of people, new relationship dynamics between Syl and her people, and a heart-wrenching love that must withstand many trails in a world gone mad. Bastion and Syl's relationship is rocky in this book, as it gets both more intimate and more distant. Syl is racked by guilt over what has been done to her people, and with that guilt comes a sense of responsibility for what comes next. She must make difficult choices in order to ensure no one else she loves dies. Bastion is a rock for her, constantly in protective mode, but even his love for her cannot change her decision to save him in the end.
As I said before, there is a massive cliffhanger at the end, and I am literally crying for the next book. I need to know what happens. It's one of those books that digs a hole in your chest and leaves a wound that only the next book can heal!
**I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**