Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Alicia Cameron
Series: Demoted #3
Genre: MM Dystopia
Length: 282 Pages
Publisher: Forbidden Fiction
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: After the news breaks about Cashiel Michaud’s involvement in research to undermine the Demoted system, he and Sascha find themselves detained as a legal case develops. Separated, they work from both sides to get released, making sacrifices and arrangements along the way. If they do reunite, will they be the same?
Sascha and Cash face a number of threats from the outside world, and some from the people closest to them. When they don’t know who to trust, their plans and their relationship are put to the test. And the results of this test could affect the world.
Review: This picks up right where Sedition left off, with Cash now under arrest and Sascha being held at the detention center. With no communication, they are both on their own and must each find their own way to get through.
Sascha does that with the help of Sy, another slave who quickly sees an opportunity and cashes in on his one big favor to take Sascha under his protection. Sy clearly has his own agenda, and it is difficult to completely trust him given his own set of circumstances. But he was a wonderful addition to this story, and he becomes a pretty big player as things move forward.
Cash, on the other hand, has caught the attention of a big crime family who wants to help him out. They seem rather friendly and helpful, but it is clear they don’t expect to be refused. With his mother and Torenze his only other options anyway, Cash accepts their offer.
I really liked the addition of Sy into Cash and Sascha’s lives. He adds a totally different element and acts as a pretty good mediator between the two. Their relationship is a tricky one with Sascha being a demoted slave, yet so important to and involved in Cash’s plan. As previously, Cash walks a fine line with Sascha in regards to their private and public lives. Unfortunately for Sascha, his treatment in private has softened him somewhat to the realities of life as a demoted slave.
The evil Torenze is as despicable as ever, although there is light at the end of that tunnel. You never know who to truly trust in this story, but there is never any doubt about Cash and Sascha’s commitment to one another. Everything comes to a head here as their plan unfolds, and while it ends on a happy note, it is left open for more possibilities as everything is implemented. I sure hope we get to see more of these guys again.
Overall Impression: I loved it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*