Redemption (The Sophisticates Book 3) by Christine Manzari

This is the 3rd book in The Sophisticates series.

The hunted have become the hunters.

Cleo finally has the freedom that she’s always craved, but it’s come at a terrible price—the Program wants to terminate the Deviant Dozen and now she and her friends are on the run. To make matters worse, she’s finally learned to use her deviation—except when she’s around Ozzy. Even an innocent touch or kiss can cause her skills to spiral out of control. He’s the last person she’d ever want to hurt, but he’s also the one in the most danger if she can’t learn to master her skills and emotions.

Ozzy’s duty has always been to protect the Dozen, but now he must make the difficult choice between laying low to stay safe or starting an all-out war so that the Dozen can truly be free. He knows that if they have any chance of outsmarting the Program, they’ll have to look for help in unlikely places—even if that means trusting their enemies.

Rune and the Others have always been anonymous, hiding in the shadows as they carried out acts of terror and revenge. That all changed the moment the Program discovered they existed. To survive, Rune and the Others will be forced to make an alliance that is just as likely to kill them as it is to save them.

Program officials are determined to erase their mistakes, but when they terrorize innocent civilians and Sophisticates in an effort to flush out the Dozen, they discover a harsh truth—the weapons they created are fighting back.

I enjoyed reading this book. It led on well from the last, the storyline was good and the characters are great.

Cleo is a great character. She steps up and does what needs to be done in this book and plays to her strengths. Ozzy is a brilliant character too. I’ve enjoyed reading their relationship develop and enjoyed having both points of view. I think having them both, added to the storyline but also towards their character development. It was great to see what they both thought of eachother.

Rune was another great character and very much the voice for the Others. His point of view was very much needed and allowed us to get a wider picture of the plot.

Persephone had a brilliant character development. She doesn’t get along with the others and has caused a fsir amount of issues for the Dozen, but what she does is very redeeming. I also loved Queenie. She developed a lot as the storyline progressed and I actually grew to like her. All the Dozen and the Others became brilliant characters and each one had a part to play.

I enjoyed how the story developed and found the end satisfying. The ‘in the future’ chapters were brilliant additions to round the story off, especially the little twist at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this series and would definitely recommend it. The characters are great, the story is great and it ends well.

My rating: 5/5*

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