Title: The Pretenders
Author: Rebecca Hanover
Series: The Similars #2
Genre: YA science fiction
Release Date: December 10th, 2019
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Source: ARC from publisher which did not influence my opinion
My rating: 4 stars
In this conclusion to The Similars duology, Emma must figure out who she really is, decide between two boys with the same face, and stop a dangerous plan based on revenge.
Emma is still reeling from the events of her junior year at Darkwood. Not only is her best friend, Oliver, shockingly alive, but the boy she loves—his Similar, Levi—is still on the island where he grew up, stranded with his deranged creator.
More importantly, she is grappling with who she really is. Emma can’t accept the hard truths she learned last year and refuses to share her secrets with anyone, isolating herself from her friends and Ollie.
But when more of the Similars’ creator’s plot is revealed, Emma and her friends will have to try to stop him from putting a plan into motion that could destroy everyone she loves.
I didn’t get a copy of this until after it was published, even though I had it listed as not being published till January, it actually was released in December. So sorry this review is a bit late! This conclusion the story was really good. There were lots of twists and turns, some hinted at in the end of book one. Without giving much away, it turns out that the plot is even more terrifying than was believed in the first book, and what happens at the school, and out in the world itself is more than Emma and the other Similars expect to have to deal with. This story had a lot of action and edge of your seat moments. It was a page-turner and I finished it very quickly once I picked it up, because I had to know where each turn was taking us, and how it would all end. Definitely a great conclusion to a debut author’s first duology.