Sunday, September 14, 2014

Review: "Exiled" by Sophie Davis

Kenly Baker is alone. TOXIC has been defeated. Her friends from the McDonough School for the Talented are scattered to the wind. Even Kenly’s only living family member cannot hide the scared teenager from those who wish to contain her. Because Kenly is one of the Created.
For her, it’s a future worse than death.
She travels across the Atlantic Ocean, to the slums of London. There, Kenly finds tentative acceptance among a group of outcasts. They have spent their entire lives dodging shadows, barely staying alive. Kenly thought she knew what horrors haunt the night, but her new companions reveal predators far more alarming than anything she’s ever faced. Suddenly, she is brutally aware of the dark side of humanity.
Kenly’s biggest concern was the UNITED trackers, who round up and capture the Created. But there are adversaries in this new world who are far more terrifying. And unfortunately for Kenly, now their sites are set on the Created.

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**You must read the Created Series before reading this book**
Remember Kenly?
 Talia's protégé she was teaching? The one that Donovan helped train? Ring any bells?
She's on the run. When DC and TOXIC was brought down she ran just like Eric told her to. She hopped a plane and landed in soggy England. It's not the England that we know though, it much worse. If running from UNITED was bad, the dangers on the other side of pond are fierce. Being "Created" makes her bad ass though, right? Hmm...maybe not as much as she thought.
After meeting a band of chromes, aka talented, things become real. There are world events happening, close encounters, and danger around every corner. The posh life Kenly lived with TOXIC is gone and now she realizes just how good she had it. Director McDonough always had her best interests in mind and took care of her. She knows that...Or does she? Lines become blurred and things stop making sense. With the help of James, suddenly she sees more clearly what lied between the lines. Will she take notice too late though or will her fate be solely in her hands?
Kenly is full of questions, being a brain is hard at times. It never shuts off and while always looking around and finding the perfect answer, sometimes things are more skewed than she realizes. Sometimes perfect isn't right and sometimes right looks more wrong. I'll admit, I thought of Kenly as an annoying character in a way. Talia saw something in her though and this book shows part of just what that was. With a good dose of reality and humility she's becomes a likeable character. She becomes worth the effort Talia and Donovan put into her.
James is a character a girl can get to love. He's compassionate, but not soft. He speaks volumes, without saying a word. He's the type of character that can deliver a monologue without a line. From the moment Kenly spots him, you know he's going to be someone special. Bring along the band of friends and you have a lively group that make the story fly by.
The events of this story will leave your pulse racing over and over again. It's full of action and dodging. It's a perfect companion to the other books in this series. I'm glad to see the original characters in the series make an appearance as well. When they do, it just may shock you!
This is exactly the type of book I expected for this series. I give it an electrifying 5 stars and look forward to the next book in the series. I hope to see more of the new characters to come and how the talented/ created world continues.