OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012. UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants.
Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now she’s hiding with William, and she knows who she’s hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years. Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth.
But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process. They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under The Council’s oppressive rule.
The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. They’ll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against The Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesn’t realize it will change her, too.
Uprising begins with Elyse learning to fight and having a difficult time with it. She knows that the upcoming battle is going to happen no matter what. It was really nice to see Elyse battle within herself about killing others as well as learning to master the skills needed to do just that. There were moments early on that I felt were a little overly mushy. The lovey-dovey stuff is necessary for the lovebirds though. I was glad to see it leveled out as the plot progressed. Even though Elyse feels like she has little power in this installment she still manages to step up to the plate and do what needs to be done. She’s a fantastic character that really keeps you captivated in everything she does and feels.
Jessica is a powerful storyteller that knows how to suck you into the lives of her characters and the world she has created. The mythology is spot-on bringing a level of depth to the plot that pulls you in and keeps you hanging on every word or every page. The children of the gods series is one of those series that is as memorable as it is brilliant. As the situations in Uprising build one can’t help but feel the overwhelming emotions that impact each of the characters in this high-octane installment. It’s quite refreshing to see an author that isn’t afraid to think outside the box as Jessica Therrien does in Oppression and Uprising.
I highly recommend Oppression and Uprising to readers that enjoy an fantastic story that delves into mythology. It’s a series worth every penny!!