"There is no before. There is only now, and what comes next."
The book begins with Lena looking back at the burning fence and Alex on the other side. After Lena must run as far from the Portland boarder into the Wilds as fast as possible. When she can no longer run she walks. When she can no longer walk she crawls, then drags herself. When Lena feels she can"t push herself any longer she lies down and waits to die. In this time she goes through a "rebirth" process where she leaves the old Lena back in Portland. She is save by Raven who is the leader of one of the homesteads in the Wilds. Lena is nursed back to health but is weighed down by Alex's death. She has constent nightmares and can't seem to let go of the past. At the Homestead Lena does little to help besides cleaning dishes and sweeping. The only people that seem to be nice are Hunter, Raven, and Sarah. Tack another leader at the homested, feels Lena is a waste of a good bed. Raven makes Lena choose is she will help them prepare to migrate North or stay at the settlement alone during the harsh winter. It is after she chooses to help that the story takes off!
Lena is now in the New York approved town. She is a member of the resistance and is living with Raven and Tack. Undercover as a high school student, Lena's job is to follow DFA and attend all the meetings. A huge rally is planed and trouble is stirring from the scavengers. Lena is given the job to watch Julian Fineman son of Thomas Fineman the founder of DFA, at all coast. Once the scavengers attack chaos erupts and Lena must follow Julian into the old subway lines only to be captured. Stuck in a cell with Julian, Lena must work with him if they want to escape the scavengers.Lena will learn the truth of the resistance and how far people will go to succeed. Will they survive? Can Lena learn to love another after a tragedy with Alex? Will she ever meet her mother?
I found this book so much more interesting and faster paced then Delirium. This book is written differently, as if the style changed just like Lena. It goes in a past versus present meaning one chapter is in the past and the next is in the present. It was easy to get into and flows beautifully! The change Lena goes through is great and the entire time you learn more about her and the inner conflicts she has. Many new characters are introduced and all of them have good stories. Many of your burning questions from the previous book are answered. You also learn of the different people that don't "fit" in the DFA's system. Be prepared to inter the world of war and love!