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Okay I can’t possibly be the only one excited for this new post apocalyptic series by Rebecca Zanetti! Thanks for stopping by the blog and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
About Rebecca Zanetti:
Growing up amid the glorious backdrops and winter wonderlands of the Pacific Northwest has given Rebecca fantastic scenery and adventures to weave into her stories. She resides in the wild north with her husband, children, and extended family who inspire her every day—or at the very least give her plenty of characters to write about.
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: January 26, 2016
With nothing but rumors to lead her, Lynne Harmony has trekked across a nightmare landscape to find one man—a mysterious, damaged legend who protects the weak and leads the strong.
He’s more than muscle and firepower—and in post-plague L.A., he’s her only hope. As the one woman who could cure the disease, Lynne is the single most volatile—and vulnerable—creature in this new and ruthless world. But face to face with Jax Mercury…
Mercury Striking is the first in a new series by Rebecca Zanetti and to be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. I love one series by this author but loathe another so there was a 50/50 chance I wouldn’t like it but once I started it, I just DEVOURED every page! It had almost everything I could ask for: Dangerous enemies, an even more dangerous hero, an intelligent heroine, humor, and some serious chemistry!
I think what appeals to me about dystopian and this book in particular is the gritty, hopelessness of the entire setting. With a talented writer at the helm, a dystopian can show the best and worst of humanity and the sub-genre can create some truly memorable characters. There are no easy fixes in Mercury Striking and love isn’t going to magically save the day but it can add to the little spark of hope for the characters. It also created some tremendous odds for Jax and Lynne to overcome and guess what? They didn’t always win in those situations.
I have to point out the sheer creativity and thoroughness of author Rebecca Zanetti’s post syndrome world. The descriptions and follow through when it came to showcasing the disastrous effects of the Scorpius Syndrome was done in beautiful, eerie detail. I had no problem feeling the same fear, despair, and later a small kernel of hope that the characters that survived to the last quarter of the book would live to see the next installment of the series.
Jax and Lynne’s romance didn’t dominate the story and quite frankly I liked it that way. It’s not to say there weren’t any sweaty, sexy times because there were and I wouldn’t trade them for anything but there were more immediate problems like the Scorpius syndrome, rival groups, mercenaries, gangs, criminals and Rippers. Basically Rippers were people who survived Scorpius but became one of two types of killers: The mindless, almost animalistic cannibals and the clever, diabolical, serial killers. Talk about things that go bump in the night.
Jax’s Vanguard community may have been large but there were a handful of characters that made up a supporting cast and I’m hoping all of them get their own stories. Tace, Sami and the very scary Raze all have secrets and deadly skills. Are they good guys? Are they bad guys? I don’t think there’s a clear line in this series and I’m totally great with that element of unpredictability. Zanetti took the possibilities of a deadly outbreak and ran with it, making almost every scene flow easily as well as have a strong level of believability. Heck, I could see this book being made into a movie so long as they use the model from the cover cause dang, he totally nailed the way I pictured Jax.
My only problem was with the last quarter of the book. The confrontation with Jax and Lynne’s respective enemies fell a bit flat for me. Picture a race car that’s running beautifully, speeding down the track, a sure thing for first place only to watch as the car suddenly spins out of control, hits a wall and stops five feet from the finish line. Adding insult to injury, the car then bursts into flames and is reduced to a pile of molten metal.
Jax already had his own enemies and I felt that by adding Lynne’s enemy to Jax’s roster it made Jax seem like he was the only one pulling the weight of the conflict when it should have been Jax AND Lynne. Plus by not allowing Lynne to in some ways face her “demon” and show that she can and will defend herself, it demolished all the anticipation and buildup to the final showdown. Not to mention ripped away a chunk of the respect I had for her as a hunted woman who managed to survive on her own before she found Jax. How is it she survived to solitary trek to Vanguard but couldn’t take out ONE man when she was backed up by Jax and some of his most deadly people???
Lynne might as well have just been knocked unconscious for the entire scene if she was basically going to be useless and just watch her man solve all her problems. If that’s the case, what chance does she have to survive in a post Scorpius world if she isn’t going to pull her weight in situations like a gun fight? Because it’s not that Lynne CAN’T pull her weight and be a total badass, it’s that she wasn’t ALLOWED to and I just didn’t like that.
Final Verdict: Despite Lynne not having her moment against her enemy, I really enjoyed this book. The plot, the way it was executed, the passion and the action kept me entertained and hooked. I can’t wait to see how the events from Mercury Striking will affect the people of Vanguard.
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