(For backstory and a review of the first book, check out my review here: Chasing Liberty by Theresa Linden.)
Liberty has been captured—along with a village of the people who saved her—by the Aldonian government and is set to be cruelly "reeducated" into submission. But the moment she gets a chance of freedom, she risks everything to give the same chance to those still in the government's clutches.
Testing Liberty, a sequel to Chasing Liberty, holds up to its sibling's phenomenal standards of deliciously grungy and threatening worldbuilding, gripping stakes, enticing plot, and high-octane scenes. The characters, though behaving as generally expectable in their roles, were likeable to follow, and the rescues were fantastic. In between, the plot slowed significantly and opted for theme and arc evaluation and reflection, as well as exploring a romantic subplot that ended, admittedly, less than ideally for me on one character's (I'll say it: Dedrick's) part. However, the ending of the main plot was BEAUTIFUL.
Definitely recommended, and I'm excited to tuck into the last of the trilogy.