Forbidden Series #2
Punk & Sissy Publications
March 4, 2015
August 22, 2017
Freedom isn’t a place Harmony would normally travel to, but she’s there on a mission to rescue her brother and cousin, Walker and Journey. Since The Great War, the world has become a barren and unfriendly place. If Harmony didn’t already know that, she certainly does the moment she winds up in the walled-off city of Freedom. It turns out that this city is anything but free. Its people are ruled by a group of huge, spider-like robots, aptly named Overseers.
Harmony’s big plan is to get in there, rescue Walker and Journey and then steal one of the Overseers’ steam engines, to use in their big escape. The only thing going in her favor is a runaway from Freedom and two rusted-out, falling apart robots who have offered her their help. Now Harmony has put together her strategy, all they need do is sneak Walker and Journey out of their jail cell and then figure out how to run a steam engine. Easy, right? Throw into this crazy mixture a few Overseers determined not to let this crackpot group escape and a steam engine low on water and the adventure turns into a long flight to Forbidden, one that’s fraught with danger.
Clueless Gent’s Review
I purchased and read this story because I was enamored with its predecessor, I Will Breathe. I thought it was very interesting, and the first time I’ve actually seen this in a series, that the characters in this story are the next generation of descendants of the characters in the first story. How clever is that?
This tale reveals some not-so-friendly robots – called Overseers – who tend to think of humans as pets, so to speak. They all reside in a walled-off city ironically named Freedom.
Harmony, the protagonist, must rescue her brother and cousin, who have become captors in the city of Freedom. Of course, she’ll have the assistance of some robotic friends. You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out whether Harmony can successfully complete the rescue.
I love the characters in this series. They’re just so danged lovable! Even the robotic ones! (Maybe especially the robotic ones!)
I considered this to be an exceptional story about the effects of climate change, and it was pretty well told. However, the excessive number of SPAG errors did take away from the story’s enjoyment, at least for me.
The first two books in this trilogy were pretty much thrillers – albeit good ones. This last one, however, brings in some of the spookiness that Mr. King has made a lot of money writing about. I didn’t expect that AT ALL, but I was very pleased.