The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha (Mercenary Librarians #2)
Reviewed by GGGinny
What I drank: Old School White Claw, the black cherry flavor. Also I am back up in the mountains watching it snow outside so I am PUMPED for some good skiing tomorrow. I’m pretty spoiled atm.
The Mercenary Librarians and the Silver Devils are back in The Devil You Know, the next installment of USA Today and New York Times bestselling author Kit Rocha’s post-apocalyptic action/romance, with hints of Orphan Black and the Avengers
Maya has had a price on her head from the day she escaped the TechCorps. Genetically engineered for genius and trained for revolution, there’s only one thing she can’t do—forget.
Gray has finally broken free of the Protectorate, but he can’t escape the time bomb in his head. His body is rejecting his modifications, and his months are numbered.
When Maya’s team uncovers an operation trading in genetically enhanced children, she’ll do anything to stop them. Even risk falling back into the hands of the TechCorps.
And Gray has found a purpose for his final days: keeping Maya safe.
Drunk Overview: First off, no idea if I reviewed the first book in this series… Whatever, I’m reviewing this one. This book takes place in a dystopian world where solar flares knocked out most of humanity and corporations came in to fill the gaps. This book is all about rescuing childr3en who had been genetically altered by said corporations for evil means. There is also a shit ton of romance beteween Maya and Gray. Maya has an eidictic memory which is going to overload at some point, while Gray’s implants that make him a super soldier are having issues. Which means they both have to deal with the fact that they’re both probably gonna have short lives.
Drunk Thoughts: This series is exactly what I want from a series like this. God, the plot is so much fun that even if the romance wasn’t great I’d still be into it. But the romance is also great!
- The world building in this series is so much fun. This book is loosly connected with another Kit Rocha series. But is full enough on it’s own that that reference point is more of an Easter egg than important.
- But the world feels so real. I’m a sucker for “communities struggle but become strong because that’s what humanity is and humanity does.”
- There are a bunch of different settings, all of which fit really well into the world and are also just fascinating.
- There’s this whole thing with a club that is just super cool, and also pretty darn sexy, and then leads to something that kind of blew my mind.
- In other words the plot is really well inter-connected.
- What happens in this book was set up really well from the first book. But also the characters. The main characters of this book are basically two different squads of super solders that now work together. This means that everyone has been altered in some way and holds trama from those changes.
- Which means saving children is right up their alley. The plot of this book is so oersonal.
- Stylistically, we also get jounral entries from the past which end up being so important while also building out parts of the world we don’t otherwise see.
- Also, I’m just a big fan of people who are ridiculously good at things using those skills to help other people.
- Okay, the romance. Maya is, technically, the weakest out of both teams. While Gray is supposed to be unreadable and a badass.
- But that’s not exactly the way their relationship worked.
- I mean, don’t get me wrong, this book has the trope of “I’m inexperienced because I’ve been taught that sex will kill me thing” which I’m not really a fan of.
- But that led to some wonderful scenes where boundaries are set and respected and handled in a really healthy way.
- Again, both characters are like “I’m gonna die.” So, it was sweet.
- Also, not gonna ruin in but there was a twist in the middle that I normally would have expected at the end, and I was surprised at the timing (not the twist, that I saw coming). But I so enjoyed the way it was handled, and it added a nice amount of humor to the book.
What it Pairs With: tequila shots. This book feels like being in your 20’s going out and wanting to drink like it was your last night on earth. You’ll regret it the next day, but in the moment you just want to keep on dancing.
Rating: 5/5. If it wasn’t clear from the review, I so enjoyed this book! The universe that’s been set up is one I want a sandbox in, and the romance was pretty darn solid. I can’t wait for the next one.