Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review: Rebellion

Rebellion (The Elysium Chronicles, #3)
Author: J.A. Souders
Series: Elysium Chronicles, #3
Released: July 12th 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
Length: 334 pages
Source: Publisher for review
Buy: Amazon

In this conclusion to J. A. Souders’s thrilling, twist-filled Elysium Chronicles series, Evie Winters and Gavin Hunter return to the isolated, dangerous underwater city that they fought so hard to escape.
Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for her city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, she’s determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?
Working with the growing Underground rebellion, Evie tries to remove Mother from her position by force—with disastrous results. As the body count rises, Evie must find a way to save Elysium before Mother destroys them all.

Almost three years have passed since the release of Revelations, the previous book in J. A. Souders’ Elysium chronicles trilogy, but loyal fans haven’t forgotten Evie, Gavin or Asher. Renegade gave us a chance to explore a gorgeous underwater view with a very dark side, and Revelations really developed our three main characters and set them on a dangerous path.

In Rebellion, Evie, Gavin and Asher are back in Elysium, fighting Mother with the help of Father and his Underground. Mother is fighting back with all her considerable strength and she always seems to be one step ahead. It’s difficult to fight someone who is endlessly cruel. Whatever Evie does, Mother rewards with a public execution of someone the Underground cares for.

Evie’s still missing some of her memories, but her will to live and fight is back in full force. She struggles a bit in this book, mostly with being a symbol for the Underground, but she accepts her role and always does the best she can. She isn’t one to shy away from responsibility, and all her decisions in Rebellion are truly admirable.

After a rough patch in Revelations, the romance shines again. Gavin and Evie spend some of the time apart, as each of them has a different role to play, but when they’re together, the connection between them is palpable. What seemed like the beginning of a love triangle before isn’t one, and Asher plays an important, but non-romantic role.

The biggest problem remains Mother herself. She lacks nuance, any sort of characterization besides ‘evil sociopath’. This was my main struggle in the previous books, and it remained an issue till the end. As readers, we can’t really fear someone who is predictable, and Mother’s one track mind made it easy to guess what she would do next.

The ending of this book, of this trilogy in fact, is Souders’ attempt to do something completely different, original and thought-provoking. I believe it was supposed to be a mind-bending finale that would leave us all reeling and thinking about it for days afterward. Unfortunately, the effect was quite opposite. With three books of build-up towards a logical ending, changing the game at the last second infuriated me. I was left confused, disappointed and unsure whether the journey was worth it.

A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher for review purposes. No considerations, monetary or otherwise, have influenced the opinions expressed in this review.


  1. That is a long time to wait for a last book and then to have it be a disappointment is very, well, disappointing. Sorry this didn't wow you and give you everything you wanted.

  2. Wow, 3 years is quite a while. This series sounds interesting but I'm sorry that you weren't completely satisfied by the ending.

    A great review! Sharon - Obsession with Books

  3. Damn, that is a massive wait and I'm sorry you weren't satisfied by it :(

  4. I've wondered about this series but if it ends that badly and there's no reasoning behind Mother's evilness then it's probably not worth a read.

  5. Damn it, I was quite intrigued to finally complete this trilogy but what you've told me about the ending leaves me a bit wary...

  6. Oh no! I'm so sorry that this ending didn't prove to be what you wanted, especially that it did the total OPPOSITE of what it set out to do! I've become so jaded and wary towards trilogies now precisely because the third novel has disappointed me so much that the series as a whole becomes ruined for me. I'm also sorry to hear that the villain isn't nuanced--but this seems to be a common problem in a lot of YA, I have to say. The blog tour for this finale seemed so promising so I'm sorry the end result wasn't quite up to standard, Maja. I hope this author can write something more soon since I did really enjoy her debut and want to read more by her--maybe a stand-alone this time, though? *fingers crossed*

  7. I fear I would be annoyed bu the ending

  8. It's a shame when the villain/antagonist isn't as fleshed out as they could be because they it's somewhat of a struggle to understand their motive. I have yet to read this series but the ending kind of scares me now, haha.

  9. This is one of those series that I've intentionally by passed. It just didn't sound like the kind of thing I would enjoy reading. But I'm glad you've been loyal to it - though, sorry the ending fell in a thud.

  10. That's too bad. I only read the first book so far but I really enjoyed it.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  11. I'm sold on the cover. lol. That's something I just love there. Sounds like a good read. I'm curious. :)

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