Review: Collide by Melissa West

(The Taking, #3)
By: Melissa West
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: Dec. 2, 2014
Genre: Sci-Fi Young Adult

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Military legacy Ari Alexander has survived alien spies, WWIV, and a changing world order. But when the new leader of Earth uses Jackson—the only boy she’s ever let herself care about—to get to her, Ari has no choice but to surrender.

To free Jackson, she agrees to travel to the national bases to train others to fight. What she discovers is a land riddled with dying people. Ari has the power to heal by turning the fighters into aliens—half-breeds like her. If she succeeds, together, they have a chance at overthrowing the alien leader, Zeus. But if she fails, everyone she holds dear will be wiped away forever.

Once again, everything Ari’s come to believe is thrown into question. In a world of uncertainty, loyalties are tested, lies are uncovered, and no one can be trusted. If Ari and Jackson have any hope at survival and at preserving a life for the future, they must fight the final war with their eyes wide open.


1thoughtsWe start off immediately where Hover ended. Ari is separated from Jackson and finds herself surrounded by people she can’t trust. Sure, she’s on earth now but things have definitely changed while she was gone. Her best friend shot her, everyone is living underground, and the new leader is just about as ruthless as Zeus himself. With the impending war, Ari finds herself the one responsible to come up with a plan to counterattack Zeus.

This is the final book in the trilogy and I must say that West really brought it all together. One of the things I loved about the first book was how gritty some of the scenes were. Well, she did not disappoint with this final battle. She didn’t go into gruesome details but there were people dying left and right throughout the book. I liked that she didn’t gloss over the fight scenes or any of the high tension that runs throughout the story.

Because this book is the final showdown, the gang comes back. Ari’s friends, her parents, even the new friends she made while on Loge. They all come together to help save humankind. I wish I could go into details on what takes place but all I can say is, the means in which they hope to win is pretty huge considering everything that’s taken place. I was honestly not expecting the author to go there but she did.

This was a great ending for the trilogy. The author brought everything and everyone together one last time. Some got HEA’s and others not so much. There was suspense throughout the entire book because not only was the war hovering over their heads, but so was the crazy leader, Kelvin. He had a lot of loyal followers who would just as soon kill or turn over Ari and her team than help them succeed in their mission.


1favequote“A war is coming. I don’t think it matters where you call home. This fight knows no bounds.”


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Melissa lives in a tiny suburb of Atlanta, GA with her husband and daughters. She pretends to like yoga, actually likes shoes, and could not live without coffee. Her writing heroes include greats like Jane Austen and Madeleine L’Engle.
She holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and an M.S. in Graphic Communication, both from Clemson University. Yeah, her blood runs orange.

GRAVITY is her first novel.

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