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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?
First Light was sooo much different from what I expected it to be. First off, I was overwhelmed by how incredibly sad I was immediately. The main character, Ronnie, has just lost her father… is basically alone as her sister is flighty and is always off with her boyfriend or partying and even her best friend has left her alone. The fact that Ronnie has just lost her father got to my core, it made my heart twist for her.
I absolutely adored Ronnie. I thought she was a great main character; incredibly strong and determined especially for someone so young that was just faced with quite a bit of despair. I also adored Kalen. At first I thought he was strange but, oh my, I loved him by the end of this book. He comes off as so cold but yet so loving by the end of First Light. I also absolutely adored the boys, Denver, Nash, Ace… I can’t explain how much I loved them especially Ace. I hated Laith… he instantly made me feel uneasy and I couldn’t trust him.
When I first started reading First Light I thought the story was a bit unbelievable. A government conspiracy? A young girl who is recently orphaned allowed to live in her house by herself? Come on… but the more I read the more I forgot about those things and instantly feel in love with the characters and was completely addicted to the story. It’s a fly by the seat of your pants type of novel and there is barely a moment without action.
I adored Samantha Summer’s writing, it was soooo easy to read and I felt more like I was in the story, not reading it. I dove into the second book immediately… you have no choice, it ends in such a way you NEED to pick up As You Were! I highly recommend First Light, wonderful start to an exciting thriller series 🙂
For every choice, there is a consequence.
Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible.
It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most.
As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made…
I could not wait to pick up As You Were. I was dying for more Ronnie, Kalen, Ace… just all of them. I loved the characters so much and I was sooo attached to them.
As You Were starts off with Kalen & Ronnie in hiding, alone. Out of nowhere Ace discovers them and gives drastic news, Nash is missing and he still hasn’t met up with Denver. Kalen sets off to find them and things go down hill from there. It thrusts the group into a run across Europe.. and they are in danger.
I don’t want to go into a lot of detail as I do not want spoilers for First Light.. and a main part of this plot is a major spoiler for the end of First Light but I’ll do my best 🙂
There was so much heartache for me in As You Were. I was constantly on the verge of tears because it always felt like you were about to witness the death of one your most loved characters. The action was absolutely non stop.. it was incredible, it when I thought everything had died down of course it hadn’t! We are also introduced to a few new characters, and some other Project Five Fifteen boys.
My favorite part about this, that sets it apart from First Light is the fact there are alternating chapters every so often that have flashbacks to the time when the boys were with the agency. It really gives you a clear perspective of what they were subjected to and their relationships with one another. I thoroughly enjoyed that, and it softened my heart to a lot of the hard edges the boys had.
I adored Ronnie still(and more so) in the second book, Kalen more… and my love for Ace has grown tenfold. I adore that kid.
All in all, this was a great continuation to the series. I was shocked to learn there is a third part and it’s such a cliffhanger! I need it NOW!!! I 100% recommend this to series to anyone that loves contemporary, thrillers and great main and supporting characters. Fantastic read 🙂