About The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha
Maya has had a price on her head from the day she escaped the TechCorps. Genetically engineered for genius and trained for revolution, there’s only one thing she can’t do―forget.
Gray has finally broken free of the Protectorate, but he can’t escape the time bomb in his head. His body is rejecting his modifications, and his months are numbered.
When Maya’s team uncovers an operation trading in genetically enhanced children, she’ll do anything to stop them. Even risk falling back into the hands of the TechCorps.
And Gray has found a purpose for his final days: keeping Maya safe.
Review of The Devil You Know
In The Devil You Know, the Mercenary Librarians continue with their mission in a post-apocalyptic Atlanta. A mission to make the world a better place for everyone, not just the elite in power. Working in secret and against a powerful force, they will come up against one of the most powerful villains they can face.
This story centers on Maya and Gray. Maya is the one among the gang that does not have any enhanced physical abilities. But what she does have is an eidetic memory. Which can be a superpower. It can also be a source of sensory overload. Her former job as a data courier put her in a very dangerous and in demand position.
Gray’s sniper background is not filled in as well as Maya, but he is one of the more interesting characters. His extremely cool façade and nerves of steel may lead some to think he is sociopathic. But Maya gets to know him and finds he is a quiet loner and much more. His impending death due to the failure of his super soldier implant adds an emotional charge to the relationship.
Each chapter begins with a memo, log entry or part of a memoir. They can be difficult to decipher since subjects are coded and names are left out. I could do without them.
The ensemble is increased with the addition of outsider rebels who are going to stir things up. Also, children who have been genetically-manipulated. It is always hard for me not to adore cute kids, especially those that have had a tough time.
I thought book 2 was even better than the first book. The first book was mostly action while the second book had a little more focus on character development. The result is a story equally balanced between exciting missions, compelling characters and passionate romance. There are also hints at things to come in a series that must be continued. The Devil You Know can be read as a standalone but is part of a great series.
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