Review by Booklist Review
Saintcrow's (Cormorant Run, 2017) latest standalone is an addictive dystopian. At the end of the Second American Civil War, the Riders led by Captain Swann, with medic Lara Nelson, gunner Zampanada, CP Chuck Dog, scout Lazy, and tech Minjae have to decide if they will go to the Federal Territory in Memphis to enlist, or to continue being part of the Raiders with Prinky, Simmons, and Brian Crunche. The two groups were initially brought together to defend the citizens of America from President McCoombs and Vice President Kallbrunner and their destructive vision of a pure America. The danger to the dissenters is exile to Reklamation Kamps in the South, and both Swann's Riders and the Raiders help defend citizens against these Federals. When the Surrender goes into effect, Swann and his Riders decide to enlist, with the caveat that they will hunt down General Eugene Thomas, the man who orchestrated the most heinous acts and experiments conducted in Reklamation Kamps Gloria and Baylock. At the end of the war, the general went through facial-reconstruction surgery, which is sure to throw a cog into the Riders' search for him but Lara and her cohorts are determined to make him pay for his war crimes.--Tiffany Austin Copyright 2018 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Saintcrow's grim, disturbingly timely tale of vengeance takes readers down into the blood and guts of civil war and its aftermath in a fractured, all-too-plausible future America. The malignant President McCoombs and his cronies have surrendered after America's Second Civil War, and D.C. is under martial law. The reign of terror against immigrants and "degenerates" is supposedly over, but Lara Nelson knows otherwise: she was labeled an undesirable, captured, tortured, experimented on, and forced into prostitution in Kamp Gloria. Eventually she was freed by vigilante Phil Swann and his motley crew; now nicknamed Spooky, she travels with them, bringing the remnants of their Amerika First oppressors to justice and working to restore order. The group's small kindnesses make Spooky feel safe even as she wades through the devastation, but she's hiding horrifying secrets and has some unfinished business. Vivid prose highlights the immediacy of battle, and the war-fractured landscape and the emotional and physical toll of fighting are realistically drawn. This is an unsettling vision of an America in the grip of hatred, zealotry, and divisiveness, and only the finale offers a tiny glimmer of hope. Agent: Miriam Kriss, Irene Goodman Literary. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.