Haunted by her experience at The Fed, Caroline tries to create a new identity. A new present, a new future. She can’t escape the memories that dog her when she least expects it, leaving her mired in a depression that she finds difficult to escape. Caroline needs to regain her physical and mental strength if she intends on surviving the journey to find the elusive rebellion. But that’s easier said than done with the ghosts of the past constantly whispering in her ear.
The road is long and dangerous, and there are no guarantees. She and her companions have no idea what they will find when they arrive at their destination. And what they finally discover may change everything.
When I first started the Bellator Saga journey with Dissident, I had no idea what I was in for. I was warned that it was Dystopian in nature and that the time frame switched from past to present, but beyond that, I had no idea what to expect. To be fair, I’m not sure that any further explanation would have prepared me for what this saga involves. So far these books have been like no other Dystopian I’ve ever read. In some ways it’s scarier than most. It’s a twist on how the ‘right’ kind of power in the wrong hands can change everything… and not for the better. It’s a totally different world that we currently live in, but it’s close enough that it’s honestly terrifying.
Dissident was an introduction to this morally warped world created by Cecilia London and Conscience revealed the horrific consequences of Caroline trying to buck the system, do the right thing and attempt to reveal what was really going on… Sojourn was a turning point. At the end of Conscience, Caroline is rescued, but her fate is still in question (yes, the author is a cliff hanger master). Sojourn begins with her life still in the balance and the introduction of the men who risked everything to get her away from the Fed, which is thankfully, behind her, but the memories aren’t going anywhere.
As much as memories of the past hurt Caroline, she can’t keep them from sneaking up on her. The memories that plague her in Sojourn delve even deeper into her past. Readers learn about her first husband, the birth of her children and her first memories of her staff and her relationship with her closest friends. As painful as those memories are, they are important to her character. Even though she doesn’t share them with her rescuers, they’re revelations that provide additional depth to who she was.
I love the dynamic between the characters in Sojourn. Each one of her rescuers is important to her in a totally different way. Even though she’s the victim, she’s also the mediator and she connects with each of them uniquely. Her strength and determination, even though she feels like she has nothing left, is a powerful draw and gains her respect. In essence, Caroline is turning into one of my favorite heroines.
As I’ve said before, I had no idea what to expect, but nothing prepared me for the final chapters in Sojourn. It wasn’t so much the expected cliff hanger ending, but the moments that led up to it… and I can’t… say… a … word. *sigh* I’m guessing that Cecilia London is wearing her #EvilAuthor crown with pride. Normally, I have no problem trusting an author to take me on a character’s journey and go along with the ‘ride’ quietly… but sometimes… Phoenix is next, and let’s just say… it can’t come soon enough.