Patsy and Wyatt are on the run. They think they have escaped the clutches of Valor Savings, who have taken over the country. They encounter another rag-tag group of kids trying to survive just like them and decide to check out a meeting of a group called The Citizens for Freedom. This group is supposedly organizing to fight Valor. It turns out they end up selling their souls to a crazy man, Leon Crane, and it's kind of an "out of the frying pan, into the fire" situation. To earn their keep they are required to go on dangerous missions to disrupt Valor's takeover. Life at the Crane compound is like the Wild West. Disputes are settled with guns.
Strike is tense and action packed. The whole premise is way over the top, but I still found myself getting invested in these characters. I liked Patsy a lot more in Strike. She is having bad dreams, panic attacks, and other symptoms of PTSD. Finally. One of my complaints in Hit was that it all seemed to easy for her. She seemed much more genuine in Strike.
As in Hit, Strike is very violent, so be warned. This is an action-packed series that is easy to read and keeps your interest. Great for reluctant readers, although a bit long. You should definitely read Hit first. And if you enjoy that one, Strike will make you feel more hopeful since in this one, the kids are fighting back.
Published by Simon Pulse, April 12, 2016
ARC obtained from School Library Connection Magazine
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