Redux is the second book in the Tricksters series by A.L. Davroe. In the first book of the series, Nexis, we met Ella Drexel who lived in the domed city of Evanescence with her father who was the creator of a virtual reality game. When Ella and her father are in an accident Ella’s father was killed and Ella herself lost her legs. This left her in the care of a woman that kept Ella trapped with everyone thinking she had died too so Ella turned to her father’s virtual reality game for escape.
Redux picks up exactly where the end of Nexis left readers with Ella and a small band of survivors fleeing to the Undertunnel below their city. The group is tested with the malfunctioning androids and angry rebels on their journey trying to find safety. Ella also finds that the boy she thought she found love with in the virtual reality world of Nexis isn’t who she thought he was and now she questions just what had happened between them.
The Tricksters series is really turning into an amazing read with twists and turns at every corner that has again left me with no idea as to what to expect when this story continues. The author has created a wonderful post-apocalyptic society with just enough unrest along with interesting characters and situations within.
The setting in this series reminded me a lot of The Hunger Games when reading the first book in the series. The residents of the city of Evanescence are the elite in the world that spend their time in different indulgences and do strange things to themselves in the name of beauty. While outside of the city you have what are known as the disfavored who seem to be the lower class citizens that aren’t allowed into the dome with the clean air so they are dying off due to the pollution.
As with the first book of the series there is a bit of virtual reality in this one but not quite as much. Ella is learning just what the game Nexis meant to her father and what it will mean to her now. Even after reading the two books in the series I have no idea what the author will have in store in the next installment since there always seems to be twists I don’t see coming. Will definitely look forward to seeing just where this series end up next though.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.