Review: The Reprisal by Kelly St. Clare

Posted January 23, 2018 by Lola in Dystopia, Review, Sci-Fi / 10 Comments


The ReprisalThe Reprisal (The After Trilogy #3)
by Kelly St. Clare

Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Dystopian/ Sci-fi

Earth is nothing like Romy expected. A disappointing fact made clear far too many times.

Over the last year and a half, her world has shattered again and again, along with her sanity, and now Knot 27 is split in two with no sign of reconciliation.

There is no end in sight.

When the leader of their rebel movement steps down, the man Romy loves takes over the role of commander-general.

They are outnumbered. They are outgunned.

Not only are the Mandate Members as deprived of humanity as ever, another lethal player has taken the field.

All it takes is a click of a button, and everyone she loves will die.

My Review:
I received a free copy form the author and voluntarily reviewed it.

I’ve been really enjoying this series and I was excited to see how Kelly St Clare would wrap it up. The Reprisal is such a great ending to this series. It has war, death and a bunch of difficult situations, but also a lot of laughter and love.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, at the end of book 2 there is this big twist and I just couldn’t imagine what would happen next. I really liked how the author resolved that situation it all felt realistic and genuine how things progressed. There was also a nice twist in this book that made sense, but also was quite unexpected.

I loved reading about Knot 27, they are such a tight group of people and how they act together is a joy to read about. And Romy is an amazing main character I like how she has such an unique personality, she can be very kind and nice, but also has a bit of a temper. She will do anything for the people she cares about and can be extremely selfless. I also liked how she was a bit naive and didn’t know some things because of how she grew up as a space soldier. It was so funny when she totally revealed what she didn’t want to say as she didn’t realize what her words would give away.

And I felt so bad for her how she struggled with what happened at the end of book 2, but I liked seeing how she dealt with it and I felt like it stayed very true to her character. I also liked seeing more of her romance with Atlas, they are so perfect together and I liked seeing them together.

We get to know some characters better in this book, see another side of some characters and also meet a few new characters. There’s also a character death at the end that is just so sad. I guessed who would die at that part and was just hoping it wouldn’t be true, but knowing it was as it made sense. And if her last series is anything to go by then each series ender has at least one death like this that is too sad. But at the same time it was so in character and it did make sense. I just wish it hadn’t happened this way.

And the evil guy in this book is pretty evil, but Kelly did write his character in a way that his actions make sense. And while I hated him for what he did, there was also part of me that felt bad for him as he is in a difficult situation. This just wasn’t the right way to handle it.

One the one hand I had thought this book would be more epic, but I actually really appreciated how this book continues with the same feel as the previous books. And at the same time each book is so very different as well. It’s awesome. Each book has a very different focus and tone and Romy is so different and still the same in each book. I like who she becomes in this book. There is a big show down at the end of the book when everything is happening at once and you can’t wait to see how everything plays out. And the whole book is in a sense building up toward it. I felt like it was a great way to end the series and wrapped things up well.

One minor niggle I had is that I would’ve liked to learn more about the aliens, what was their motivation for doing this. And what more is out there in space. And at the same time it doesn’t really matter to this story, but I still would’ve liked to know a bit more about the aliens.

The ending was great. Something I like about finishing series is seeing how everything falls on it’s place at the end. And where the characters end up once the dust settles. There was a great part from a year later and I loved seeing how everyone was doing. I loved seeing how everyone was doing and it gives a good feel for how their lives will be now that all of this is over.

To summarize: This was a great ending to this trilogy. There are some big things that happened at the end of book 2 and I enjoyed seeing how that all played out. I liked spending more time with Romy, Knot 27, Atlas and the other side characters. Romy is a great main character with how kind she is, but she also has a temper and can be a bit naive at times. I was happy we got to see more Atlas and Romy together in this book, they are a great couple. And ofcourse more Knot 27, I love reading about them. I was happy how this book wrapped up with a satisfying conclusion and also some difficult and sad parts before we get to the ending. If you love a good dystopia series that gives an unique spin on the genre, while still being exactly what a good dystopia series should be, I would totally recommend this series to you.

4 Stars


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10 responses to “Review: The Reprisal by Kelly St. Clare

  1. I am always glad to see a final book deliver on all the earlier build up in the other books before it- character growth, explanation for actions and motives, and all the excitement. Sounds like this one picked it up from book two and did great if not quite perfect. Romy sounds like a good character to root for- she’s a good person, but also has her flaws so she feels real. Neat about how the villain makes sense, too.

    Nice summations without giving anything away, Lola. 🙂
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    • Same here, it’s great when a final book delivers on all the build up and wraps up the series with a great read. Romy really was a great character to read about and I liked how real she felt. It also was neat how the villains actions made sense, I like when that’s the case.

      Thanks! Those last books in the series sure can be tricky to review without giving much away 🙂

  2. I’m glad to hear the ending of the series was good! It’s so disappointing when the opposite happens. And it sounds like this book had a bit of everything! Romy sounds like a great and likeable character. But aww, character death 🙁 Even when they make sense, they’re still sad. Sounds like you really enjoyed this overall though!
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    • I agree it;s just sad when a series doesn’t end good, so I am really glad this was a great ending to this series. The character death still makes me sad when I think of it. Its just so sad that character had to die, even tough it made sense. Romy is so much fun to read about 🙂

  3. Like you, I think it’s great when a series comes to a satisfying end and I’m glad that this one did. It certainly has piqued my interest… Thank you for a great review, Lola.

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