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Counterpart is the second book in author Hayley Stone s Machinations series and as sequels go, it s pretty darn good The machines are back and stronger than ever and it seems like they may have a new and terrifying ally.This novel is just as fast and furious as the first and it kept my attention thoughout The story is still reminiscent of the scifi movies of the 80s but, hey, I loved those movies and, despite its lack of originality, this is a fun read It does end on a cliffhanger and I look forward to the next book in the series Thanks to Netgalley and Random House Hydra for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review [[ FREE E-PUB ]] ⇲ Counterpart (Machinations, #2) ⇚ The High Intensity Sci Fi Thriller Series That Began With Machinations Continues As Reincarnated Insurgent Rhona Long Faces Off Against The One Enemy She Can T Outwit Her Own CloneThe Machines Believed Their Extermination Of The Human Race Would Be Over As Quickly As It Began They Were Wrong As The War Against Extinction Intensifies, People Are Beginning To Gain The Upper HandCommander Rhona Long Understands Survival Better Than Most Killed In Combat, She Was Brought Back To Life Using Her DNA, And She S Forged A New, Even Powerful Identity Now The Leader Of The Resistance, She S Determined To Ensure The Machines Are Shut Down For GoodBut Victory Is Elusive The Machines Have A New Technology Designed To Overcome Humanity S Most Advanced Weaponry Despite Rhona S Peacekeeping Efforts, Former Nations Are Feuding Over Resources As Old Power Struggles Resurface Worse, Someone Inside The Resistance Is Sabotaging The Human Cause Someone Who, From All Appearances, Seems To Be Rhona Or Her Exact Replica Rhona Long never gave thought to how much her world would change when she became commander of the rebel forces so long ago She never thought she d die for the cause either, but she did Given a second chance, she s been doing her best to stay alive, while continuously striving to bring the machines down Doing so hasn t been easy, however There are those who seek to silence her forever, something she will not allow.Picking up where Machinations left off, Counterpart catapults the reader further into the world Hayley Stone has created around Rhona, Cam, and countless other characters These characters find themselves floundering in a world destroyed by machines A world where they have to struggle to survive at every turn.A little Terminator esque mixed with profound science fiction elements, we get to see what the consequences of Rhona s actions and those of the machines are like We re also shown what it s like for several character who are forced to confront choices they ve made in the past Choices that question morals, as well as loyalties every step of the way.This is a series that shows us what life could be like if we let ourselves fiddle with things we shouldn t delve in Imagine what it would be like if machines were to decide what s best for us Would our existences be terminated in order to accommodate what a machine deems fit for their own world Or would we be allowed to coexist beside them Mind you, artificial intelligences already exist in this world They don t have the capabilities the machines have in this story, however, but the possibility is there A thought provoking and quite thrilling series, this is one you ll pick up and never put down I truly wonder what s in store next for Rhona and the others So can t wait to see what s coming soon enough. The second book in the battle between humans and machines starts slowly, but quickly becomes a knuckle biting thriller Rhona is accused of being a traitor as a series of attacks seems to be based on her directions and actions As in the first book, no one can be trusted, and it is impossible to determine who the real enemy is The action is continuous, and keeps the suspense at fever pitch The ending sets the stage for a new series of battles, both war and political as the saga of man versus intelligent machine continues Rhona s leadership and love life have both become highly complicated, and the next book in the series will cover the difficult problem of maintaining a war and sorting things out. Reviewed at my blog Babbling BooksIt feels like I m in a juggling act except I don t know how to juggle, and the balls are actually grenades, and all the grenades are already missing their pins And they re on fireWould it be completely weird for me to say that I think Hayley Stone and I were separated at birth Or maybe her character Rhona and I were Either way it s like I ve discovered my long lost twin reading this book, or myself Now I always thought that Juliette from Shatter Me was the most like me, and to a degree she still is love you girl but I think Rhona is as close to the book version of me I am ever going to get Although I still need to be combat trained, experience a machine apocalypse, get a british boyfriend, magically make my hair red and shrink several inches all perfectly achievable right No, but all joking aside, what Stone has created in this series is nothing short of masterful Even going in with my high expectations from the first book and believe me I had sky high expectations , she soared right past them and blew out the stars Every plot was expanded on, every character better developed and new twists added that I hadn t even fully expected in the first place Slow clap is a must in this scenario.So first, the characters Of course everyone should know by now my feelings on the main character, Rhona The wit, backbone and unfailing hope that this author has been able to imbue in one heroine is just stunning When something happens to this character it feels almost personal, like it s happening to me, and that s how I feel every narrative should be Her struggles and accomplishments feel real And as a result the other characters she interacts with feel complex because of her own intricate nature.In the last book I had some issues with Camus as a love interest for Rhona and while I still love Samuel completely I am much on board for the Camus x Rhona story after this book More through dialogue than exposition I got to know the character and understood his actions and interactions with Rhona and the other characters This goes for Samuel too, although he is not present for a good amount of the book he is always such a favorite of mine, adding the sweet and gentle touch the book sometimes needs.I have to praise Stone s ability to keep a book that has some very depressing elements astonishingly light hearted and even hopeful I think it has to do with her knack for appropriately timed jokes and making the characters so realistic She also doesn t spend excess time describing the violent or graphic scenes, which could make the book too weighty or sad She uses a writing style that gets the point across without being long winded something I m clearly not good at.The plot deserves accolades as well, moving along at a fast clip through the entire book, keeping me on the edge of my toes but still managing to take time for quiet romantic diversions and subtle character building And as was the case the last time I never felt lost when reading all of the different descriptions when regarding the machines or of the political goings on, and there was a lot of it but in a good way.Also, there were a lot of pop culture references that appealed to me in a personal way, that I adored and made me love this book even , but the reason I m rating it five stars isn t because it spoke to me personally which it 100% did but because the writing, characters and plot are so well done that I think this book deserves a spot amongst some of the highly publicized and critically acclaimed books out there I know I m just a small book blogger and I haven t even begun to delve into the massive amount of books that are out there, but talent is talent and Hayley Stone has it in spades.Overall I feel so blessed to have gotten the chance to read this sequel As you can tell I am eagerly awaiting the next book and truthfully I don t think my patience or lack there of will survive stay tunedI received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley from Random House Publishing Group Hydra in exchange for an honest review Review of the first book Machinations Extra ThoughtsSpoilers AheadThe whole bit about the Pirates attraction, I just I know it s probably weird just another thing right but I love the smell of that attraction so for a mention of it to be in the book is so awkwardly charming And then there s the Ewan McGregor Moulin Rouge thing this book is doing things to my poor little heart Also, I keep getting this weird feeling about Camus x Rhona s relationship like a bad ending kind of vibe I m a happy ending all the way girl so I m always suspicious but something about the way even the other characters are commenting on it gives me the hebe gebes Samuel needs a girlfriend, ASAP He is too adorable to keep pining after Rhona who is with me Even Better Than The First I recommend this for any sci fi robo apocolypse lover So many great lines in this and the action and suspense never stops I would gladly read this a hundred times over. I received a free ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was so excited when I got approved for this and didn t have to wait till October for the sequel to Machinations Although now I m kind of regretting giving the first book five stars, just because I think this one is even better, and I have to give it the same rating There are no sopho slumps here Rhona remains an engaging and complex character, and Counterpart delves even deeper than its predecessor in exploring the consequences and ethics of cloning, which I personally find even interesting than the robot uprising, so this is a great move in my opinion There s also an intriguing mystery who s behind the attacks on McKinley base, and why is someone else with Rhona s face showing up on the security footage This book cemented Zelda as one of my favourite characters, it was great to see her develop from her appearance in the first installment Alsois Camus growing on me shocker I think he is And arghhh, I really just want to wrap Samuel in a blanket and give him some soup, I love my poor stressed out nerd baby There was one scene that ripped my heart out and now I am an empty shell I am not over it On the other hand, there are some awesome comic moments to balance out the heartache I don t want to give away much of the plot because the surprises are GREAT , but there are some absolutely hilarious scenes one in particular involves lyrics from musicals, and it cracked me up on the tube to work.I love that this series is edgy and action packed without being grimdark or overly depressing, and Rhona s relentless humour is always fun My favourite thing is when she tries to wake Camus up by insulting his favourite literaturethat would definitely get me out of bed, no question.The ending is obviously teasing a sequel, and I hope we get it After reading Machinations, I was excited to read Counterpart I liked Rhona and Camus and the fight against the machines I loved that there were other clones introduced and the way that played out Several times things happened that I just did not see coming I m not a huge fan of a cliff hanger ending, but in this case it just made me all the eager for book three.If you like quirky sci fi this is definitely something you should pick up. The war against the machines is starting to turn for the humans, what is the next weapon the machines have in order to stop the losses This book had a very Empire Strikes Back feeling for me in that it reminded that after a big win for the rebellion there is often a lot of the power still left in the Empire of machines I am excited for the next book in the series. The sequel to Machinations has lived up to my expectations Another great SciFi with characters who now feel like friends and situations which have adrenaline coursing through my veins Hopefully there will be to come and I can t wait