Melancholy by Charlotte McConaghy

Melancholy: Book Two of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)
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#2 The Cure series (Omnibus Edition): Releases June 11, 2015

I received this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

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Book Synopsis:

Here in the west they know a lot about hope. They know how to ration it just as they do with food and water.
Josephine is at last free of the blood moon. But in a desperate rush to find help for a comatose Luke, she discovers the strange and dangerous world of the resistance, and it is unlike any world Josi has known.
In the west they believe in fury – they cultivate and encourage it. The unruly people of the resistance know that to survive means to fight. But can they fight the inevitable cure for sadness that rushes steadily closer?
In the action-packed sequel to Fury, everything Josi believes about herself will be challenged. Haunted by atrocities and betrayals, she must find the strength to trust again, and decide how far she is willing to go to fight the inevitable.
At times both brutal and sweet, Melancholy is the story of second chances and finding love in a ruined world.

My Review:

I absolutely loved Fury, book one in this series, and was so excited when I stumbled across book two being offered over at Net Galley that I instantly put in a request despite the several other reviews I had waiting.  Melancholy is a great second book, and while my affections for this one have not diminished, the pacing was a bit off in the first half and is reflected in my star count. There are still the great questions about society vs government and control vs freedom that are being explored in the second book.  It too is not just a thrilling ride, but a study of human nature and what is lost when we give up a part of what makes us human.

Book two picks up shortly after we left off in Fury, and in this book we get to explore the resistance to the domineering and controlling society Josi and Luke fled.  There is a new third narrator, who is both horrifying and mesmerizing at the same time.  I’m still processing how I feel about her, but man she was interesting to be in the head of for those few brief sections.  This book has more supporting characters and we soon have a band of heroes that I became quite attached to.  Of course being a dystopian novel not everyone makes it and that attachment lead to some heartbreaking moments, but also some touching ones as well.

Having been a good while since I read the last book I struggle with how I felt about Josi in the beginning.  She just didn’t seem like the same heroine that I fell for in book one.  Luke spent most of those sections comatose, but after he rejoins the story we get a chance to know him better than we did in the last story.  While Fury focused more on setting up the world and Josi’s past, this book focuses on building the relationship between Luke and Josi.  Such a juicy love story this angle of the plot is!  I really enjoyed watching them come together, they compliment it other so nicely.  We also get to watch as Josi decides and sorts out who she really is and what she wants.  She is now free of the nightmare of the blood moon and has reached freedom with Luke.  But has she?

Most of this book is set in the West among the resistance, but we quickly learn that this other society in this world in not much different from the one they were fleeing.  We get to see how twisted and power-hungry people can become when the world has collapse.    It is almost as if Josi and Luke trade one prison for another.  With no place that is truly free, it pushes them to step up and demand change.  It pushed them to find the strength to fight back start working to build the world they want and deserve.

The writing is quite good, just a little slow in the beginning, plenty of action and intrigue and Ms. McConaghy does an excellent job of not giving everything away at once.  We are again left with a freaking cliffhanger, but I am most definitely hooked!  I need to know what happens next and I have such hope that Ms. McConaghy will do right by these characters and deliver us a satisfying end.  I can’t wait to see how things play out and to learn what happen to several key players and see other to get what’s coming to them!

My Rating: 4 Stars



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