RELEASE DATE: March 5th 2019
AUTHOR: Brendan Reichs
GENRE: Young-Adult, Sci-fi, dystopia, Thriller, Adventure.
PUBLISHER: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class have managed to survive the first two phases of the Program–and each other. Now, they alone have emerged into the dawn of a new era on Earth, into a Fire Lake valley that’s full of otherworldly dangers and challenges. Although staying alive in this broken world should force Min, Noah, Tack, and the others to form new alliances, old feuds die hard, and the brutality of the earlier Program phases cannot be forgotten.
But being a team isn’t easy for the sophomores, and when they discover that they may not be alone on the planet after all, they’ll have to decide if they’re going to work together . . . or die together.
Chrysalis is the final installment in the thrilling YA Sci-fi series Project Nemesis. I’ve been anticipating for this finale since I’ve finished Genesis. This series was brutal, violent, thrilling, and engaging. Well, the finale didn’t disappoint me, but it wasn’t as amazing as the previous installment. Nonetheless, it was still exciting and entertaining. The below review contains spoilers for the previous books. If you haven’t read it yet then skip reading it.
The story continues four months after 64 members of Fire lake Valley’s sophomore class manages to survive the first two phases of Nemesis program and lands on the new era of Earth. They all struggle to survive but they couldn’t forget their savage past in the program. When they discover a new threat and learn that they might not be alone, they all need to forget their past and stand together in a new battle for their survival.
This book has so many characters but I only remember some of them like Min, Noah, Tack, Sarah, Ethan, Derrick, Sam, and Toby. Min felt kinda different in this book. She wasn’t as confident as in the previous installment. She is the leader of her group, but sometimes she feels inferior to Sarah who’s smarter than her. I didn’t liked the way Min felt envious of Sarah, she was totally crazy in genesis. Coming to Noah, he becomes quite protective of Min but I still can’t forget the violent side of him. He’s somewhat a weird character who can be both brutal and caring. He’ll do anything for her. Tack isn’t the same sweet guy anymore. The program has changed him into a tough man. He’s still sore about Min’s rejection. I really felt bad for him in Genesis. Being in the jungle, he developed some confidence and a buff body. Surprisingly, I also liked Sarah’s character in this book. She’s not a mean bitch anymore but still crazy, arrogant, and smart. I absolutely hated Toby. He didn’t change much after the events in Genesis.
The plot was fast paced and action packed throughput. Unlike the previous installments, some parts in this book were predictable for me. I think I enjoyed second half more than the first half. Romance isn’t the central focus in this book but the feelings between Min and Noah seemed a bit dramatic sometimes. The story was an intense ride filled with action, and surprising twists. It wasn’t too brutal and violent as the previous books. The pacing was fast and there was never a dull moment throughout. Some parts felt rushed especially at the end which is one of the issue I had with this book. The writing was pretty good. The book was written in both Min and Noah’s POV. The world building was amazing. I loved the entire setting. I want to say more but I don’t want to spoil things for you guys.
Overall, it was a good finale but honestly the execution could’ve been better. I’m glad that it concluded with a satisfying ending. It feels good to finally finish this series. The entire journey was an exciting ride and I enjoyed every minute of it. I’m definitely looking forward to the author’s next work.
I highly recommend this series if you like action packed YA dystopia Sci-fi series with survival themes like hunger games and battle Royale.