Recovering from a near-fatal gunshot wound, eighteen-year-old Evan Taylor must find a way to stop the Uprising, an underground movement committed to destroying the Union, before her homeland is attacked.
After spending the last four months in the Ruins trying to get back to the only girl he’s ever loved, nineteen-year-old Cyrus needs to get past his jealousy over Evan’s involvement with Bryce or risk losing her again.
Together, Evan and Cyrus join with their friends to devise a plan to save both the Ruins and the Union, but when the pressure’s on, bickering and infighting threaten to undermine their goals. New information revealing a weakness in the Uprising is uncovered, forcing them to act quickly or risk losing everything.
With the help of old friends and new allies they set out to make history, but it might just take a miracle for everyone to make it out alive.
THE UPRISING is the third book in THE UNION series, a young adult romantic adventure set in the near future.
“I swear, Cyrus, if you apologize to me one more time, I’ll slice your balls off and feed ’em to the sharks.”
I swallow hard, convinced she means it, and take another swig of beer.
She stares at me, licking the salt on the rim of her margarita. “I’m not even so much pissed anymore that you almost got me killed, although mostly because I try not to think about it. But you did exactly the thing you claim is the reason you’re so torqued at Evan. It was reckless and stupid. You don’t do dumb, which means your head’s not on straight. I get you’ve got your shit, we all do, but unlike you, I don’t have a death wish.” She takes a big gulp of her drink and sets it down hard on the table.
“I don’t have a death wish,” I mumble, but she’s right about the rest.
“Well you sure could’ve fooled me.” She turns and gazes out the window overlooking the beach below. “You got a second chance here, dude. You should be dead now, we both should. Don’t fuck it up.”
“You ever gonna tell me what you said to those guys?”
Her head swivels back to me, eyes narrowed. “Nope,” she says, dragging out the n and popping the p.
The remnants of the paper label of my beer litter the table, and I push them around with my finger. “You don’t have to do this with me, I’m not asking you to.”
“I haven’t been hanging out in a hotel for the past week so I could let you do it alone. But I need to know your head’s in the right place, that you’re not gonna do something idiotic again. We’ve got a pretty good plan. Stick to it and if it starts to fall apart, we cut and run. Okay?”
“Yeah. I don’t think it’s gonna fall apart though. We’ve been watching them for a week, they’re so routine it’s stupid.”
“Anything can go wrong, and no doubt something will, but I’m not any more thrilled about going back empty-handed than you are.”
I toss back the rest of my beer and set it down, the label pieces fluttering. “I’m heading back to the room to get some sleep. I want to leave before dawn.”
“I’ll be up in a bit.” She takes another sip of her drink and turns her attention back to the beach.
I throw a couple of crumpled bills on the table and walk back across the street.
After we paid the boat operator to let us off the minute we were out of sight of Fredo’s goons, we circled back to our hotel and grabbed our stuff before checking into a new room across town. We’ve been staking out those assholes ever since. The warehouse is only guarded by one young kid early in the morning, and he spends most of his time watching porn on his tablet.
I let myself into the room and fall back on the bed with a groan. Rainey’s right, I’ve got a second chance, and she wasn’t only talking about this deal. I have a second chance to make things right with Evan.
Catch up on the series:
The Union: Goodreads | Amazon
The Ruins: Goodreads | Amazon
When not visiting the imaginary worlds inside my head, I live in San Diego, California, with one husband, three children, two cats, and one dog. In addition to my day job as a technical writer and editor, I write young adult fiction. I love the intensity of teen emotions and the way they’re still figuring out life.When I’m not writing, you can find me with my nose in a book, hanging out with family and friends, hiking, or knitting. I’m obsessed with Facebook, young adult novels, bad lip reading videos, pumpkin spice lattes, microbrewed beers, and the San Diego Chargers.
Goodreads | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram | Author Amazon Page
What did you think of the book?