I’m alive. Gideon’s out there somewhere with Missy, looking for me. The monsters are evolving, but we are, too. We’ve come so far, survived the miraculous, defeated the evils that have tried to keep us from each other, and we’ll do it again. We’re alive, and that’s a good start. Strange, how finding each other in a dead world full of rabid predators with no cell service is the easy part. The hard part is what comes after. What will happen now that Gideon knows my truths? What will happen when he tells me his? Will we get our second chance? Will we have our happily ever after? Things won’t be perfect when we reunite, we’ll have obstacles to overcome. But I believe in Gideon, I believe in us. We’ve found each other in this world twice before, and we will again. I just hope we can figure out what to do . . . next. To make things right again.
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I won the first round, but this game isn’t over yet—it’s only just begun. There’s a stopwatch ticking somewhere, and the cool barrel of a nine against my temple says it’s go-time, there’s no backing down now. It’s too quiet—as if somebody set the world on “peaceful” mode for a while. But I know better than to get too comfortable. There’s always been more to Vine’s games than meets the eye. Time to level-up. L1: Keep Missy safe L2: Find Grace L3: Protect the people I love L4: Get that plane and get the f*ck out of Dodge L5: Heal mankind All in a day’s work on the Bright Side, right?
"Carpe diem" (Zelle, Logan's character).
Beacons in the End is book 3 in The End Saga by C.L. Zelle, a riveting series of sex, drugs, and most importantly, love.
Now anyone who knows me knows that I am the most PC human being when it comes to drugs. So considering I am at book 3 of this series and don't have any intention of stopping now, this series has an amazing power of keeping you enraptured and making you think.
The book starts off exactly where we left off in book 2 with Gideon and his group, then off to Grace and her group (vague, I know, but I don't want to give away any spoilers).
I liked that there was no time elapsed between novels. It makes me feel like I'm truly part of the journey. The plot is consistent with the previous two novels, and answers many old questions as well. The only thing I didn't like about book 3 was that it seemed very heavy on sex, and I'm not saying a lot of breaks, I'm saying probably 60% of the book is someone having sex with someone else. Sometimes sex scenes led into other sex scenes. I trust that this will be explained in book 4 but for now I remain a bit disappointed.
The characters, on the other hand, were exceptional. We get an in depth view on their psyche, more so I feel than previous books, and we get views on 4 characters: Grace, Gideon, Logan, and Missy. It was interesting seeing all of these point of views come together in this wild adventure.
The themes present are very clear, one of them being love one another. As I said before, the theme is presented in a ton of sex, but we also see their group loving one another romantically and like family. The message I got from this novel is to love the ones who love you and to keep them close, and to eliminate those negative people from your life, which is a very important message to send out these days.
The writing, as always, was fantastic. I did find that the characters were spending a lot of time making revelations over and over again, but I think that this novel was written on purpose to help each character find themselves and so the writing matches well with the story.
In terms of genre appropriation, there was a severe lack of infected, or dead fucks as Logan likes to say, but there was plenty of death and destruction so I'll give it a pass.
I'm really interested to see how the next and final book plays out. As much as I loved this one, I did find it was a connecting story, not much of an action filled one. Nevertheless, I am so excited to see how Zelle ends this series and what more is to come from this adventure. I have to give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
Christina L. Rozelle is the author of the bestselling YA Dystopian Scifi series, The Treemakers Trilogy, which includes her groundbreaking debut, “The Treemakers,” and its sequels, “The Soultakers,” and “The Seeker’s Keys.” Hailed for its strong, believable, and relatable characters, original and complex plotting, and phenomenal world-building, The Treemakers Trilogy appeals to lovers of dystopian literature who are looking for something refreshing and new. Christina also writes adult post-apocalyptic dystopian under the nom de plume C.L. Zelle, with The End Saga (formerly The Night Blind Saga) as her first foray into the adult world.