Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Review: Crystal Force [The Rig #2] by Joe Ducie

Title: Crystal Force
Author: Joe Ducie
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Genre: Young Adult
Series: The Rig #2
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Publication Date: 2nd April 2015
Rating: 5

Tell Me About It
With enemies on all sides, who can Drake really trust?

On the run after escaping from what was supposed to be the world's most secure juvenile facility (and blowing it up in the process), Will Drake knows it's only a matter of time before the sinister Alliance catches up with him. But Drake is in need of an alliance of his own - knowing who to trust is becoming increasingly difficult, and after having been exposed to the highly unstable (and potentially deadly) Crystal-X whilst fleeing from the Rig, it looks like time might be running out for him all together. His arm has started to mutate into an impenetrable black crystal, and although it gives him a superhuman-like ability to fight, it might also be causing him to lose his mind.

Surrounded by enemies and desperate for help, Drake and his escapee comrades are forced to form an uneasy partnership with a mysterious group who also claim to have been exposed to Crystal-X. They say they know how to use its powers for good - but can Drake really keep running forever? And who should he trust more - his supposed friends, or the voices in his head...?
My Thoughts
Ever since I closed the pages on The Rig, I have been desperate to find out what happens next for Drake, Tristan, and Irene. When I got the email from Hot Key Books with Crystal Force up for review I did not hesitate in asking for this one, and also doing a happy dance (inside my head).

Crystal Force picks up after The Rig, with this unlikely trio on the run from Alliance, ding what they can to stay hidden and away from prying eyes. However when hunger and cold takes over we get our first glimpse into how powerful Drake is getting to be, when he uses his powers to break into a cash point, and not only taking money, but also taking the wall down in the process. The cover of the book gives a small example of what he is capable of doing.

Crystal Force is a non-stop, action packed, death defying book, and I loved every page of it. Crystal Force brings a lot of old faces, but also some new ones with Noemi and her team, who want to take Drake to Haven, a training facility in Japan, a place where he will be safe from Alliance, and will be able to learn how to control his powers. Of course there are the initial doubts, if someone appeared before you inviting you to go with them to a safe place you are going to be skeptical,
"Seriously, secret schools for magic in some old world location? I've read this book before, Will. Next stop is the hidden market to pick up your owl and spell books."
but being the lesser of two evils makes the decision making easy and quick.

Joe Ducie has a way of making you feel every emotion when reading Crystal Force. If I wasn't tense and nervous, I would be laughing at what was said, then so angry I wanted to throw the book across the room, then I would find myself being anxious and worried. Halfway through Crystal Force was when the anger really came out. How could this person do that, after everything that had happened, that they had been through, they go and do this. Not once did I see it coming or expect it from this person, I was angry, shocked, and furious.

Crystal Force was an unputdownable read, and after the spectacular build up towards the ending and then to end with an emotional moment, I have decided that I really really need the next book now.

Final Verdict
A fantastic read that kept me on the edge of my seat.

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