A government experiment. Sixteen teenage boys on the run. An innocent young girl caught in the middle. When Ronnie Rose meets the handsome and alluring Kalen Smith, she can tell there’s something he’s hiding – something dangerous. But in trying to uncover his secret, Ronnie is plunged into a terrifying world she isn’t prepared for… and the consequences could be deadly. Can we choose who we fall in love with?
I am totally in love with this series! From the first pages it became certain that I would like the characters and the story. I won the first two books of the series in a contest and I’ve waited for a long time to get them, after some problems with the mail, but it was worthed, especially since I’ve got also the author’s dedication and the story is so great!
Ronnie Rose is very sad after the loss of her dad and spends a lot of time by herself. At the funeral, she sees Kalen, a boy who has a very bad reputation in the town and is decided to find out the reason he was there that day. But after every meeting she becomes more and more infatuated with him and she can’t get him out of her mind, ignoring even her sister’s warnings. It begins like any love story, but this one is totally different. Better.
Kalen lives with four other boys: Ace, Nash, Laith and Denver, who are also considered bad boys by the people. All they have in common is their secret past, The Project Five Fifteen, and the enemy that is constantly searching for them. I don’t have enough words to say how much I adore these boys, each one for his particular character. They are so different, but in the same time so alike. While I was reading, I was constantly thinking about the kids with bar codes from Dark Angels (the series/books), who are similar in some ways.
Samantha Summers’ writing is excellent and full of emotion. It contains action, drama, love, all that you would ever need in a book. The characters are perfectly portrayed and you can easily connect with them, you understand their actions and fears, you have this fierce desire to help them, to see them happy, and I am talking mostly about these five boys who had a hard childhood and who suffered a lot in their transformation into soldiers. Ronnie is a very mature girl who becomes like a sister for them and who will fight along with them to regain their freedom.
After writing this review, I really need to read the series again and to buy the last book, Becoming, to find out what happens next. Soon I will come back with the review for the second book, which is as good as the first one, if not better. If you haven’t read it yet, you should definitely to start right now.
5 out of 5 butterflies