Mini Review: Rebellion (Extraction #2) by Stephanie Diaz

Title: Rebellion
Author: Stephanie Diaz
Series: Extraction #2
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of Macmillan
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Pages: 324
Format/Source: Hardback/From Publisher 
Age Group/Genre: Young Adult/Science Fiction, Dystopian

The uprising has begun.

It’s been seven days since Clementine and Logan, along with their allies, retreated into hiding on the Surface. The rebels may have won one battle against Commander Charlie, but the fight is far from finished. He has vowed to find a way to win—no matter the cost. Do the rebels have what it takes to defeat him…and put an end to this war?

As Clementine and Logan enter a desperate race against time to defeat Commander Charlie—and attempt to weaken his power within his own ranks—they find themselves in a terrifying endgame that pits them against a brutal enemy, and each other. With every step, Clementine draws closer to losing Logan…and losing control of herself.

Continuing with the mesmerizing saga that started with Extraction, Stephanie Diaz blends science fiction, epic romance, and heart-stopping adventure to create a world that no reader will soon forget. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)

*Warning:  This is the second book in a series.  While I really don’t like spoilers, there are definitely spoilers for Book 1 in this review.*

As with other sequels, I’ve decided to write a mini review for Rebellion, where I just share some of my notes.


  • The fact that she’s now in a secret rebel base located inside a mountain totally reminds me of Mockingjay.
  • I really like how, from the beginning, she’s not totally blaming herself for Oliver’s death in the first book. She kind of blames herself, obvs, because anyone would feel guilty in her situation, but it’s not like in most books where the MC is like, “it’s all my fault, boo hoo!” for a third of the book. Here she realizes that it’s really not her fault.
  • I also like the fact that, although some people like Beechy have found a way to fight the controlling serum, the only reason Clementine wasn’t controlled by it was because she was allergic to it. So she’s really not that special. I mean, she was special enough to be chosen for Extraction in book 1, but she’s not super special.
  • Even though she doesn’t blame herself for Oliver’s death, I’m glad she is still extremely affected by it in this book. She’s also still plagued by the way Sam assaulted her in book 1, and also for her horrific time inside the prison.
  • I’m glad to see Clementine does something really wrong and awful. This, plus all her anxiety over things that happened to her in the first book, really make her into a realistic, flawed character.
  • Sam! Aaaaaahhhh! This is not good.
  • I’m seeing lots of little things that remind me of other books…
  • I like how we get to see the first-hand POV of someone who is under the influence of the serum in this book. In Extraction, we just kind of saw how others acted, but in Rebellion, we get to see what goes on in their heads while they are on the serum.
My rating for Rebellion by Stephanie Diaz:
4 stars. I liked this one slightly more than Extraction, but I still feel like there’s a lot of potential here that is still untapped. Hopefully the next book will be amazing!
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Disclaimer:  I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

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