Hard-Hitting Sequel || ARC Review: Adaptive

Lune Avery has finally left Tatum City…but it isn’t the freedom she expected. She must hunt Bren down, try to not kill Ryker out of spite, and wade through the mess of secrets that people are holding from her.

Title: Adaptive (The Elite Trials, #2)
Author: Becky Moynihan
Publisher: Broken Books
Release Date: July 16, 2019
Genres: YA Dystopian Romance  

I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Official Synopsis


Escaping Tatum City was all Lune wanted. Now that she’s out, freedom is beyond her reach more than ever. Her adoptive father knows her weaknesses. And if she fails to find Bren and complete her mission, he won’t hesitate to exploit each one.  

To complicate matters further, Ryker, her wildly unpredictable companion, has a mission of his own. Lune quickly discovers that he’ll do whatever is necessary to see it through too.  

As the dangers of the outside world threaten to undo her, Lune must adapt to survive every new challenge. Because everything she knows, everything she’s been fighting for, is about to change.


If you were worried that this book would fall into slumpy-sequel syndrome, then I can tell you now that it does not. This book is as action-packed, fast-paced, emotional, romantic, and just plain fun, just like the first book.  

I won’t dwell too much in this section because I don’t want to give any major spoilers (i.e. this next bit is a minor spoiler), but I do want to touch on one thing. Moynihan uses the amnesia trope in this book, which is not something I usually enjoy. I often find it frustrating, and I feel it usually slows down a plot. This is not the case in this book. While there were times I was frustrated by this trope, I felt Moynihan used it in a different, interesting way from the usual.  

And, by the way, the ending will destroy you. Just a warning. (But it’s so worth it!)


Lune’s voice comes out just as strong in this book as it did in the first. Her motives are still obvious, and her fears, ideals, and strengths really come through at different times. It feels weird to call her emotional–since most people use that word as an insult, and that’s NOT what I’m trying to say–but I don’t know how else to describe it. I can feel every bit of Lune’s emotions. This type of writing is unusual in YA fiction these days, and I really enjoyed it.  

Bren is just as frustrating as ever. Ugh. I still love him to pieces, but man he has some issues.   Ryker’s role in this book is much greater than the last one, and I really, really enjoyed his character. He’s a pain in the butt, but a very capable one. His fighting with Lune became tiring sometimes, but when he wasn’t on the page, I missed him. A lot.

World Building

We get a much broader look at the world Moynihan has created, and I love seeing all the work that has gone into it. There are more gadgets, more history, more sci-fi. I’m excited to see how it all comes together in the next book.

Overall Thoughts

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I really enjoy Becky’s writing, and this book was so much fun to read! I’m very excited to read the final book in this awesome trilogy!

Do you like waiting for a sequel, or would you rather read the series all at once?

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