Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Last Hope (The Raging Ones, #2)
by Krista & Becca Ritchie
[Blog Tour: Review]

Hello! Welcome to the next stop on the The Last Hope blog tour hosted by Wednesday Books. I'm thrilled I get to share my thoughts on this book with you!

Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series: The Raging Ones, #2
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pub. Date: August 13, 2019
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A stunning conclusion to the sci-fi romance duology by writing duo Krista & Becca Ritchie, The Last Hope is filled with twists and turns you'll never see coming.

Sacrifice all you have to survive.

Imprisoned for weeks on an enemy starcraft, Franny, Court, and Mykal have sat with an unfathomable revelation. But as they fight to stay alive, escaping prison means trusting a young mysterious stranger. He knows everything about their lost histories, and when answers aren’t given freely, the bonded trio are forced to join a mission. One that will determine the fate of humanity.

Legend says, a baby—the first of her species—has the power to cloak and teleport planets. Tasked with retrieving the infant, Court fears the baby is just a myth, and if they fail, they’ll never find the truth about their origins.

As Court and Mykal grow closer, their linked bond becomes harder to hide, and dynamics change when Franny begins to fall for someone new. Vulnerable and with no choice, the hunt for the baby sends the trio on a dangerous path to Saltare-1: a water world where their enemies can’t die and survival comes at a high cost.


I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. Any quotes I use are from an unpublished copy and may not reflect the finished product.

The Raging Ones (the first book in this series) ended with a major cliffhanger that left me reeling. It didn't take long for me to fall in love with Franny, Court, and Mykal, so their less-than-stellar circumstances had me worried for their safety and sanity. The Last Hope was everything I wanted it to be and more. It was a sequel I was eagerly anticipating, and I'm happy to say it exceeded my expectations.

Initially, I was worried I'd feel lost. The authors have created something futuristic and entirely new, with different planets and galaxies that have their own customs and languages. In the first book, I felt like there were a few cracks in the story that didn't always add up, but that wasn't the case with this one. All of my questions were answered, and the intricacies of the story were explained in a way that was both believable and authentic.

The characters! The characters are my favorite aspect of these books. Court is stoic and the rock of their group, and his relationship with Mykal made my heart swell with happiness. Mykal's dialect is a little different from theirs, but it suited him perfectly. When he started calling someone "baby brother" without a second thought, I thought my feelings would explode. He's physically the strongest of their group, but is capable of being unbelievably gentle. He and Court balanced each other out beautifully. Franny is equally happy for their coupling, and encouraged them to be together even if she had to avert her attention through the bond. They're all so willing to make sacrifices for each other, and their friendship was sincere and something to be aspired to. Franny is the one that desires answers about their link and their pasts, and the boys are willing to risk their lives for her questions. Seriously, these characters... so amazing.

Outside of the group, the secondary characters from the first book play a smaller role, but we're introduced to Stork in The Last Hope. I wasn't sure about him at first, but he quickly found a place in my heart with the others. He's hurting, like soul-deep wounds, and feels torn in two directions. He can either respect the dying wish of the people he loved, or share their secrets with the people he feels deserve those answers. He struggled to maintain a balance between the two, and it broke my heart to see him suffering to do the right and honorable thing. Stork was a very complex character, and he added another layer to their group dynamics. I enjoyed seeing him and Franny slowly learn to trust one another, and how he slowly became a significant part of their lives.

Zimmer, Kinden, Padgett, and Gem are still around, and their presence only improved the overall story. They have a history with Court, Franny, and Mykal, and it was nice seeing them grow together as a group. They've all been through so much, and they genuinely care for each other. Zimmer might be my favorite of those four, and I enjoyed his easy friendship with Franny. They understood what it was like to be Fast Trackers, and found comfort in each other's company (purely platonic).

Even with everything going on, the authors manage to further develop their already complex and complicated characters, and still move the story forward. There are a few small time skips (a few weeks here, a few days there) that helped with how long the book felt, which isn't long at all, and I never felt lost or confused within the story.

There are some darker aspects to this one... there's cruelty and violence, some bloodshed and fighting, and very clear divisions between the wealthy and the poor. Influentials are willing to pay Fast Trackers for their bodies, knowing they likely need the money to survive. It's a setting that is both foreign and familiar, and is was interesting to see how the characters navigated their ever-changing surroundings.

The Last Hope is a book I would've willingly sacrificed sleep for. The characters were lovely and fantastic, the story was unique and remarkable, and I am so glad I took a chance on this series. I know these characters will always have a place in my heart, and I look forward to reading more books by this author duo.

About the authors:

Krista & Becca Ritchie are New York Times Bestselling Authors and identical twins, one a science nerd, the other a comic book geek. With their shared passion for writing, they combined their mental powers as kids and have never stopped telling stories. Graduates from the University of Georgia in Biology and English & Journalism, the twin writing duo now lives in Atlanta. The Raging Ones is their first young adult novel.


  1. This actually sounds pretty good. I hadn't heard of this one before.

    1. I don't read a lot of science fiction, but I really loved this series! I think it's a duology, which is fantastic, because the ending was perfection. The first book had a few holes/discrepancies, but that could also be because I read an ARC. Maybe it's all smoothed over now! Let me know if you decide to give this one a shot, Mary. :)

  2. I’m so glad you loved this one! I wish The Raging Ones had worked better for me but... not every book is going to work for every reader. *shrugs* It sounds like the friendships and relationships developed even further in this one. Don’t you love it when you take a chance on something a little outside your comfort zone and it pays off big time? :)

    1. Yes! It's such a great feeling -- unexpectedly falling in love with something! <3 I'm sorry The Raging Ones didn't work for you. I remember you said something about preferring their other books? Maybe? I could be remembering wrong. ;) The friendships were even more amazing in this book, and I loved every second of it.

    2. Nope, you remember right! :) Krista & Becca’s Addicted/Calloway series is probably my favorite contemporary series EVER. It’s 10 books long, and now has a spin-off series, but I truly loved every single book.

    3. Your favorite series EVER?? Now I have to read it!

    4. Yep, favorite EVER! I get very emotional about that series. LOL

    5. Okay, okay... I'll check at my library tomorrow. ;)

  3. It's great to hear this book answers your questions! The characters and world sound wonderful as well. I hadn't heard of this series before, but it sounds fantastic!

    1. It was a little wobbly in the first book, but I enjoyed it enough to want to continue! The story is unique, and the characters are totally worth it! The second book blew me away. Everything was connected, so on revelation led to another... you do have to suspend some belief, but it was fun. :)


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