THE END OF A QUEER SCIFI DUOLOGY ~ The Last Hope #2 by Krista & Becca Ritchie


The Last Hope (The Raging Ones, #2)TITLE: The Last Hope #2
AUTHOR: Krista & Becca Ritchie

RELEASED: August 13, 2019 – TODAY!
PUBLISHER: Wednesday Books
FORMAT: eBook [AD – ARC thanks to the publisher!]

GENRE: YA Science Fiction

REPS: LGBTQIA+, sign language

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.

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I read and reviewed the first book – The Raging Ones – of this duology a year ago and, even though I didn’t overly love it and gave it three cupcakes, the ending of that book made me crave the sequel. Can you honestly expect me to say no when asked to read and review it a year later? Yeah, nope! So here we go!
Note that this review contains spoilers for the first book so don’t continue reading it if you haven’t read that book yet or are planning on doing so!

The good

The main thing I remembered from reading the first installment, is the link between Mykal, Franny and Court – the three main characters of this duology. I was intrigued by it, but annoyed by how similar their characters felt to me whenever the POV switched. You couldn’t really tell while reading. I don’t know whether the authors improved on that front, or if I just didn’t mind it as much, but.. I didn’t struggle with it at all reading the sequel! Definitely a huge plus for me since I was afraid of it happening all over again.

Like I said, we get the same three main characters and.. this time it’s very easy to say Franny and Court are my favorites. It felt as if they had a tad more depth than Mykal had, so they automatically added more to the story. I was looking forward to their POV’s every single time. Especially Franny’s, since she struggled a lot with the knowledge of being human, of having no set death date as she thought she had before.
As for side characters? Some new and old faces I immediately loved more than before! Zimmer and Stork put their mark on The Last Hope very easily. I honestly wish I had more time with both of them since I loved reading the parts where they were present. 

The relationship between Franny, Court and Mykal evolved throughout this book. The friendships strengthen but the love relationship adds so much as well. There is one m/m scene that isn’t too explicit but I loved reading it anyway. It felt.. needed, in a way, to have their love confirmed even more. Especially since I kept having doubts about the how considering the three main characters feel each other’s emotions, touches and pain.

The pacing wasn’t extraordinary, but it was done nicely enough to want to continue reading. Compared to The Raging Ones, there weren’t really any huge twists and turns, but that didn’t even matter since there was always something happening so you didn’t really need those “dramatic” things to read on.

Sidenote: There’s time travel in this book! There are some year-round challenges asking for a book with time travel so.. Just saying!

The man who raised me sat me down and said not to hate who I am because that’s a surefire way to die before you’re dead.

The bad

The things I’m putting here, aren’t bad things. They’re just remarks that would have made this reading experience that bit better than it ended up being. You know what I mean. A book is never perfect, right?

First off: I wish there was a bit more time spent on Zimmer and Stork and the relationships they’re building throughout the story. I really loved those characters and wanted to see more of them.
Second: I felt like the link between Franny, Court and Mykal was sometimes overlooked a bit. As mentioned, there’s an m/m scene and I kept wondering how Franny was feeling at that moment. The same question arose when Franny did certain things and.. I felt like the link was neglected at those times? Definitely would have loved more explanation / insight on those occasions.
Third, and last, I wish the ending was done differently. I loved the epilogue, but I wanted to see more of the characters to wrap things up. Maybe they’ll get another book of their own? One can only hope… 

I definitely liked the final part of this duology better than the first book, but I’d recommend both of them anyway! The concept of three people being linked is unique, the setting of other planets and the mission they’re on are worth an “investigation” as well. 

Would you read this duology? Why? Why not?
How would you feel if you could feel someone else’s emotions, pain and whenever someone touches them?



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