1:00 pm EST, June 3, 2013

Hypable Book Review: ‘Uprising’ by Jessica Therrien (giveaway)

Jessica Therrien has built a world that’s like Percy Jackson meets X-Men in Uprising, the second thrilling installment in her Children of the Gods series.

Uprising by Jessica Therrien

Uprising is the sequel to Oppression, and it kicks into high gear as soon as you flip to the first page.

Elyse is preparing for war. It’s inevitable, and even though she’s reluctant to fight — to kill — she knows there’s no other choice. It’s her or them: Christoph’s followers or Elyse’s family and friends. And she won’t let anyone harm those she loves.

But it’s too late for that. Kara comes back with news that Anna and Chloe have been taken, and around every corner, it feels like there’s death and destruction. Friends are going missing and turning up dead, and Elyse feels powerless.

But she’s not. She digs deep to find the leader in herself because that’s what the other Descendents need right now. They need someone who is strong and confident and has a plan. While Elyse can’t help but doubt herself, she’ll do anything in her power to protect those she’s sworn to keep safe. The time of oppression is over. Now it’s time for an uprising.

Therrien’s followup novel to Oppression definitely packs a punch. The action starts right away, and it doesn’t relent for more than a few minutes at a time. Elyse, William, Kara and the others jump from situation to situation, barely able to stay a step ahead of Christoph and the plan he has for Elyse.

The depiction of war in this book is both real and heart-wrenching. Being on the run with nowhere to turn is terrifying, and the loss of friends and family is something each character comes to experience. Therrien isn’t afraid to torture her characters — or her readers — and Uprising is all the more gripping because of it.

Uprising continues the rich world that Therrien built in Oppression. It combines an exhaustive and exciting list of Greek deities and Descendant abilities with a smooth storyline that delivers laughs, tears, and punches to the gut from page to page.

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About Jessica Therrien

Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release.

Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no street lights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.

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