I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Girls with Razor Hearts (Girls with Sharp Sticks, #2) by Suzanne Young
Series: Girls with Sharp Sticks #2
Published by Simon Pulse on March 17, 2020
Genres: YA Science Fiction
Source: the publisher
It’s time to fight back in this second novel in a thrilling, subversive near future series from New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young about a girls-only private high school that is far more than it appears to be.
Make me a girl with a razor heart…
It’s been weeks since Mena and the other girls of Innovations Academy escaped their elite boarding school. Although traumatized by the violence and experimentations that occurred there, Mena quickly discovers that the outside world can be just as unwelcoming and cruel. With no one else to turn to, the girls only have each other—and the revenge-fueled desire to shut down the corporation that imprisoned them.
The girls enroll in Stoneridge Prep, a private school with suspect connections to Innovations, to identify the son of an investor and take down the corporation from the inside. But with pressure from Leandra, who revealed herself to be a double-agent, and Winston Weeks, an academy investor gone rogue, Mena wonders if she and her friends are simply trading one form of control for another. Not to mention the woman who is quite literally invading Mena’s thoughts—a woman with extreme ideas that both frighten and intrigue Mena.
And as the girls fight for freedom from their past—and freedom for the girls still at Innovations—they must also face new questions about their existence…and what it means to be girls with razor hearts.
I really was excited to get a copy of this to read after how the first book Girls with Sharp Sticks ended. This was really intense from the very beginning, but I also like how it picked up almost immediately after book one, and that way, with the comments and things the characters said and did, I was able to pick right back up to remember exactly what had happened.
What’s sad is that the school they go to now that they’re out of Innovations Academy is a private school, with boys and girls, but it seems the boys are just horrible and get away with all kinds of treatment of the girls. And what is worse is that the administration of the school lets it go. Not to mention the teachers and school security officers who blame the girls for the things that happen to them. It’s very much what is seen in society today, and it is interesting how it is written into this story.
The extra bit to this is that the “girls” aren’t completely human as we learned in the last book. They are A.I. But they still are worried about people hacking into their brains. Not only that, they learn that they may have expiration dates/self-destruct modes built in to their wiring/programs.
This story keeps you on the edge from the very beginning until the very end. And we’re left still needing a lot of things to be solved. So I’m very glad to see there is a book three supposedly coming out next year.