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Abandon the Night by Joss Ware

Abandon the Night

by Joss Ware

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Abandon the Night
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Series Note: This is the third book in the Envy Chronicles series and it is essential to read in order as Quent and Zoe’s relationship begins in book #1 and develops from there.

The post-apocalyptic world building is fascinating and the descriptions of a society coping with the day to day struggles of life in a hostile environment are gripping. Nevertheless, the romantic elements in this series don’t quite live up to expectations, and this is particularly true of Quent and Zoe, whose intense connection has such potential but ultimately falls short.

Zoe is my favorite type of heroine: strong, independent and kick-ass. Unfortunately, it is precisely these characteristics that make it difficult to completely identify with her, as she comes across as harsh, cold and remote. Consequently, when she does eventually accept her feelings for Quent and admits that she loves him, the sentiment feels forces and unbelievable.

Quent, on the other hand, is very a very likable and engaging hero mainly due to the underlying vulnerability that stems from the abusive experiences of his childhood and his feelings of guilt and responsibility regarding his father’s role in the destruction of the world. He is also hopelessly besotted with Zoe, which is very endearing and appealing given his rakish ways from before the Change.

The continuation of the story arc involving Quent’s search for his father, Parris Fielding, one of the masterminds of the catastrophic change that destroyed the earth, is both exciting and satisfying with new information provided on the Cult of Atlantis and the cause of the Change. That said, it is actually the secondary plot focusing on Remington Truth, which really grabs the attention and I am eager to read her book. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
As the son the man who destroyed the world, the hero wants nothing more than to kill his father for what he's done. The heroine is a bad ass zombie killer who lives for nothing but the quest to kill the man responsible for the death of her family. The two have been involved in a sexual affair for a few weeks now. At first it was nothing more than the scratching of an itch as both the hero and heroine are convinced that the other has multiple partners but as it turns out they are more devoted to each other than the know. That was the case for everything between the characters. The hero was certainly more, lets say, obvious about his affections but still he was very careful not to reveal too much. The heroine on the other hand kept her emotions very much under wraps. She was inpatient and the truly warrior woman she claimed to be. She came to the hero when she wanted something and left in the morning despite the hero's reluctance to let her do so. But she showed her love for him in the only way she knew how. She saved his life and looked out for him on every occasion. She even determined she would kill his father for him to spar him the guilt and burden of getting blood on his hands. In this new world of zombies and barren life, that is truly the best way to love someone. Neither she nor the hero would ever appreciate empty love gestures and because actions speak louder than words, I felt that their love ran deep and true. I really loved the heroine. She was so funny. She was a battle hardened woman but she was soft at times and was always willing to help others despite the risk to herself. She swore like a fish and was truly the one in control when it came to their affair. It was on her terms when the hero would get some. And I loved the hero as he was capable enough but he knew that without the heroine he would have been dead long ago. It takes a real man to admit that his woman is stronger than he is. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
Generally enjoyable in a post-apocalyptic adventure with futuristic technology and maniacal villains sort of way, though the relationship dynamic between the h/h (I won't admit I love you, I won't, I'll sacrifice myself for you before admitting anything) got a bit tiresome after a while. ( )
  thewalkinggirl | Nov 12, 2012 |
3.5 stars ( )
  Kaetrin | Aug 13, 2012 |
didnt like it 5/18/10
  cbacot2 | Feb 14, 2011 |
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On his mission to kill his father, who brought about the end of civilization, Quentin Fielding meets arrow-wielding beauty Zo?e Kapoor, who is on her own quest for vengeance.

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