So once again, Regina is on the run with her partner Ester. She has gained hero status among the rebels who see her as their only hope for survival.
Book Title: Regina Shen: Endurance (Book 4) by Lance Erlick
Category: YA fiction, 260 pages
Genre: Sci-fi / adventure / dystopian
Publisher: Finlee Augare Books
Release date: July 2016
Content Rating: PG
Betrayed by her own mother, outcast Regina Shen has been trying to free her sister. Instead, she becomes a pawn in the World Federation’s struggle for power and succession.
Worldwide fertility has collapsed and the World Premier is dying, leading to a crisis of leadership. Battle lines are forming and Regina holds the keys to resolving the fertility crisis with her genome and elevating whoever can capture and control her into positions of power. Using her photographic (eidetic) memory of illegal books, she also holds the key to locating ancient artifacts that could save or destroy the Federation. In holding these keys, Regina should be treated as a queen, but outcasts aren’t even allowed to become citizens.
Having survived the swamps, deserts, and wilderness, Regina continues to try to barter for freedom for her and her sister, but the stakes are too high. Federation agents hound Regina to uncover ancient artifacts and serve herself up as a lab specimen to prevent human extinction. The disgraced Inspector Joanne Demarco pretends to be Regina’s ally to get her to deliver the location of ancient DNA vaults that could change the balance of power. Meanwhile, ruthless rivals are willing to do anything to destroy Demarco and control Regina.
Regina’s new journey will test her endurance, her ability to recognize opportunities, and her knack for avoiding capture. She will also face a tragedy and a strange twist of destiny that will shake her to her core and get her to question everything. Will she be able to overcome adversity or will she descend down an even more dangerous path?
Endurance is the fourth book in the Regina Shen series and the ending left me with the strong feeling this series will continue. The books must be read in order and are not stand-alone novels, so I strongly suggest you begin with the first three books. You can read my reviews of Resilience, Book 1 in the Regina Shen series, Vigilance Book 2, and Defiance Book 3.
So once again, Regina is on the run with her partner Ester. She has gained hero status among the rebels who see her as their only hope for survival. Regina is humble and does not want this recognition but it helps her survive as these rebels risk their lives to help her. For most of the book the circumstances are similar to those in Book 3 with Regina looking for, and succeeding to find, ways to barter for her sister. The only difference really was the setting. This time she had to go up against the brutal heat and harsh landscape of the desert.
The author once again succeeds in transporting us into Regina's world, but I was hoping for more in the plot. It seemed repetitive with the two rivals having the same conversations with the governor and Regina going through the same things to try to free her sister. I was tired of Ester's whining and her lack of wit when captured which I feel caused the tragedy. I was thrilled when Fran, a character from Book 2, who is tough and courageous, was brought back into the plot. The best part of the book takes place in the last chapters and then the book ends, much to my disappointment.
There are unanswered questions and unresolved issues, so I'm assuming the author plans to wrap it all up in another sequel. So far this has been a captivating series, with the first book being the best out of the four. If you like well-written dystopian novels don't miss this series. I'm hoping it will continue so that it can all end in a satisfying way.
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