The Revolution of Ivy
by Amy Engel
Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.
A fitting ending to the duology for Ivy, Bishop, and Westfall.
Revolution picks up where The Book of Ivy (reviewed here) left off–right after Ivy’s banishment from Westfall. She soon runs into trouble beyond devastating thirst and hunger, testing her strength, adaptability, and convictions. Just how far will she go to survive?
Though Ivy showed a tremendous amount of courage and growth throughout the book, I have to admit she tried my patience more than once. I can understand her reluctance to trust her new acquaintances, but her attitude when Bishop shows up? And the fact that the attitude continued for quite some time? Harder to swallow. Bishop deserves a medal for waiting through her crazy until she finally got her head on straight.
But then, he IS Bishop Lattimer. 😉
Despite my sometimes-frustration with its main character, I really did enjoy The Revolution of Ivy. Even when she was pushing Bishop away with both hands, I couldn’t stop reading, needing to find out just how everything was going to end up.
Spoiler alert: Ivy’s sister Callie’s still a mega-b*tch. Shocker, I know. And people are going to die. Some of them horribly.
This book really works best if you’ve read book one first. Though Ivy does do some recapping of events for the reader, everything will have a much greater impact if you’ve read The Book of Ivy already. (Plus, book one is flipping awesome, so you really should read it anyway just because.)
I’m looking forward to seeing what Ms. Engel will bring us next!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.