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Blog Tour Review: The Insurgent By Teri Polen #RRBookTours Book 1 of #20BooksofSummer22

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Welcome to the book tour for the exciting sequel in The Colony series, The Insurgent by Teri Polen!

The Insurgent

Title: The Insurgent (The Colony #2)

Author: Teri Polen

Expected Publication Date: May 19th, 2022

Genre: YA Dystopian

If a megalomaniac threatened your family, would you give up your freedom for them? Would you give up your soul?

Asher Solomon is faced with that choice. And makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Exactly as Director Silas Reeves expected him to.

Unable to live as the Colony’s premier assassin, Ash retreats to a corner of his mind, ceding control of his body to the alter-ego he was engineered to be—Subject A36. As he’s unleashed to battle the Insurgents, the only family he ever knew, the tide of war shifts in Silas’s favor.

Combined with his expansion into new territories, the director is poised to take over the world.

But the Insurgents don’t give up easily. Not on their cause, and not on their people. With the help of a few double agents deep in the Colony, they stand a fighting chance at ending Silas’s reign.

In order to shut down the program, they face almost insurmountable odds. And their most dangerous foe—their former champion turned killing machine, A36.

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Excerpt

Asher

My legs collapsed, and I fell to my knees.  The throbbing in my head hammered against my skull.  Like my brain was trying to force its way out somehow.  It was agonizing, and my stomach twisted with nausea.  My lungs heaved, still short of oxygen.  I crawled over to what was left of the mattress and rolled onto it.   

I’m here.

Clutching my head, I searched the room for the source of the voice.  I still couldn’t see.  Someone could have easily slipped in while I destroyed the room. 

Give me control.

So close.  It was so close.  But where?

End your pain.

In my head.  The voice echoed in my head. 

It was him.  A36.

Through the crushing agony I gritted my teeth and struggled to force the word through my lips. 

“No.” 

But I felt him clawing his way out, inch by inch from the deep abyss inside me where I’d kept him imprisoned for my own sanity and the safety of others.

You have nothing left.

I squeezed my eyes shut and shook my head.  But he spoke the truth.  All that held me together were the scars of everything I’d lost.  Everyone I’d ever loved.  

And scars could be easily ripped open.

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My Review

Thank you to R&R Book Tours and the author Teri Polen for allowing me a spot on this blog tour and for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

The Insurgent is the 2nd book in The Colony series. I read the first book Subject A36 2 years ago and absolutely loved it. Move forward 2 years and I had forgotten everything about the book, so I decided to reread it before jumping into The Insurgent to refresh my memory and I still loved it.

The Insurgent picks up right where the first book left off. After the cliffhanger in the first book, I needed to know the fate of these characters. The first chapter of this book is gripping and heartbreaking. Poor Asher just can’t catch a break. Each of the characters have grown since the first book some more than others. And some get redemption although I’m still not a big fan of said character, but I am glad they redeemed themself. I also loved the connection between some of the characters. They have a really strong bond and no matter what they were up against their conviction in each other never wavered.

There is no shortage of action in this book. From beginning to end is pretty much action packed. The author recaps what happens in the first book all throughout this book and if you don’t read them back-to-back, I think that is a good thing to have included. Plus, it’s done in a way where it’s incorporated into the story really well. Because I literally read both books back-to-back, I didn’t need the recap of what happened so when those occurred, I was like I already know this just get on with the story.

The ending felt a little bit rushed to me but at the same time I liked how she chose to end things. We are pretty much left with an open ending but for me it’s a good open ending. I don’t typically like to imagine what happens to characters after a book has ended but because I liked the ending so much, I am fine with using my imagination. But there is also potential for the author to write more in this series. I don’t know if she plans to do that or not but if she chose to, I would totally read it.

Overall, I loved this book just as much as I did the first one and fell in love with the characters and the story. If you haven’t read this book, I would highly recommend you do.

My Rating: 5 stars

Subject A36

Subject A36

If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?

Residents of the Colony would. And do.

Only the Insurgents can stop them.

Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.

He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.

Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.

Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.

Teri Polen

About the Author

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.  The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and anything Marvel-related are likely to cause fangirl delirium.  She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband, sons, and black cat.  Her first novel, Sarah, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.  Subject A36 was voted one of the 50 Best Indie Books of 2020 at ReadFree.ly. 

Author Links

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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour Review: The Insurgent By Teri Polen #RRBookTours Book 1 of #20BooksofSummer22

  1. You put a smile on my face this morning, Misty! I’m always nervous reading reviews, especially since the characters and I struggled to get this one in the bag. Thanks so much for reading, reviewing, and hosting!

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