Until the Last of Me by Sylvain Neuvel
Until the Last of Me by Sylvain Neuvel is the second novel in the Take Them to the Stars series.
Mia's family has worked behind the scenes for a hundred generations, with the goal of taking humanity "to the stars." They've helped track comets, build satellites, and now Mia will help put a man in space. But the Trackers are on to her and they are getting closer. With her daughter and the fate of all humanity on the line, Mia may be forced to break The First Rule: "Always run, never fight."
When running is no longer an option, it is time to fight.
I'm conflicted about this one. I really enjoyed the dark, satirical nature of Take Them to the Stars, the first book in the series, but I wasn't as stoked about this one. In the first book, you felt like Mia and her mother were actually living history and you could "see" the influence they were making along the way--it was almost believable if someone were indeed sent to, unobtrusively, guide humanity on the right path. In this second book, we get some cool historical facts and figures but it doesn't have that same "living history" feel the first book has.
I did enjoy the Tracker's perspective and his "crisis of faith," but again, I'm not really sure it contributed a whole ton. Looking at other reviews, I think I may be in the minority in this one. I think I missed Mia's mother and wasn't overly impressed with Mia's daughter. And Mia herself, thought rightly so after what she'd been through, lacked some of the spark she had in the first book.
I'll stick with the series because I do like a badass female, but I do wonder where this is all heading. This one gets 3 stars from me.
That's all for now!