Format: Hardcover | 384 pages
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: Young Adult | Sci-Fi | Dystopia
"Can I ask you one thing...why does it have to be you?"
My throat is dry but I manage to say the words clearly enough: "If I don't do it, who else will?"
An entire country has been lied to.
Silver Blackthorn was supposed to be one of the privileged few, chosen to serve and help rebuild a shattered nation.
Instead, she is a rebel.
Tales of her defiance have spread across the land. King Victor and the Minister Prime want her dead, the resistance groups are desperate for her help.
But Silver's friends and family are in dire jeopardy; hiding is no longer an option.
As her travels take her into the far reaches of an unknown land, she is forced to make new friends and hunt for new allegiances.
Final battle lines are being drawn. The time has come.
Then there's the hardest choice of all: Opie or Imrin.
RESURGENCE is the third and final installment in Kerry Wilkinson's Silver Blackthorn trilogy. This is a series that is set entirely in England, but 25 years into the future. It has been 25 years since Loyalists and Rebels fought a war that left England sharply divided and ruled by a tyrannical King. A King who has decided that he will ensure that all 16-year old's go through what is called the Reckoning. The Reckoning, instead of focusing on a person's talents & skills, has instead separated them into into Elites, Members, Intermediary, or Trog.
The Reckoning also decides who will become one of the Kings offerings and therefore gets to live in Windsor Castle with all the finery that you can imagine. The higher your chosen position, the better off your family will be. The series protagonist is 17-year old Silver Blackthorn. She is from a small village named Martindale. She isn't your average girl. She loves crawling in the mud, climbing trees, rolling down hills with her best friend Opie, and being someone who is bloody brilliant with electronics.
Silver had high hopes that she could finally provide for her mother, and her younger brother Colt. Things have really changed for Silver since the Reckoning. She's escaped from Windsor Castle twice. She's helped rescue offerings. She's witnessed the brutality of the Prime Minister and King Victor. She's been forced to leave someone close to her behind, and has become the rallying cry for rebels who desire to rid the country of a system that no longer is fair, or balanced, or in anyway right to those in the lower castes.
Silver is the most wanted individual in the entire country and considered a traitor. Silver is also human without any super abilities. She's a teenaged girl who has been thrown into a desperate and dangerous situation where she's had to make choices that has caused her to lose friends and loved ones. But, she's also found a staple of friends who stand firmly by her side by her no matter what. Those friends, who also escaped from Windsor Castle, now include Opie, Imrin, Jela, Pietra, and Hart, who is also from Martindale.
As RESURGENCE is the final installment, Silver will finally have to choose a path for her future. Does she become the figurehead of the Rebellion and lead an army to certain death? Or, can she find other ways to manage to take down the tyranny that has left people starving and desperate for change? On top of all the challenges that Silver has had to face since the first book, she now has a weapon that could change everything, and she develops a teleporter that is wicked cool.
I think the most interesting aspect of Silver Blackthorn is that Silver is a human and not some super-heroine who has magical abilities to take down the villains and therefore save the world. She's also got two boys who love her deeply, and if you can actually imagine, they are really not adversarial towards the other in any way. They become friends due to circumstances, and to help protect Silver from being taken away. Imrin understands the horrors that Silver faced in Windsor. Opie, on the other hand, has been her best friend since they could walk.
So, you're asking yourself why the dual rating. First, let me say that this story was fast paced, filled with action, and I love Silver for putting others ahead of herself even while she was suffering. Things happen in this story that will break your heart. Things happen that will make you question what the author was thinking by adding it to the story. Case in point being a certain journey to a place that ended up being a waste of a chapter. Also, the ending felt like it was rushed to make a deadline of sorts. I was expecting more of a battle than what I received.
Overall: I give RESURGENCE a solid B for world building, character creation, storyline, and for not leaving a whole lot of questions unanswered.
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