Ascendant by Susy Smith
Susy Smith, a talented international author, captivates readers once again with her latest dystopian thriller, Ascendant, the second installment in The Asylum Series. This gripping novel immerses readers in a world shattered by the Big Crash, where the economy is in ruins, martial law prevails, and fear consumes society. In the midst of this chaos, we follow the courageous journey of Lacy and Jace, two lovers determined to protect each other from the clutches of the power-hungry U.S. Senator, Thomas Monroe. As their love is tested and their lives are threatened, readers are left wondering if they can reunite against all odds.
As a standalone novel, Ascendant seamlessly picks up the story from its predecessor, Asylum, while introducing a compelling new conflict in the form of Senator Monroe. This shift in antagonism skillfully highlights the true menace that lies within humanity itself. Susy Smith masterfully portrays the duality of power, revealing that those in influential positions can either uphold order and foster positivity or exploit their authority for personal gain.
Smith’s writing is flawless, delivering a fast-paced and engaging plot that never fails to enthrall. The alternating perspectives of Lacy and Jace provide a dynamic and intimate view of their separate journeys. The struggles faced by both protagonists are skillfully portrayed, and readers will find themselves cheering for their resilience and tenacity. The rich cast of characters in Ascendant adds layers of complexity to the story, with each playing a vital role in the unfolding events. The unpredictable twists and turns keep readers guessing.
Beyond its thrilling narrative, Ascendant fearlessly tackles sensitive and relevant issues prevalent in today’s society, such as human trafficking and sexual assault. Smith delves into these subjects with sensitivity and nuance, shedding light on the profound impact they have on survivors. The book goes beyond mere depiction, focusing on the emotional aftermath and the journey towards healing and self-acceptance. By broaching these topics, Ascendant raises awareness and invites readers to contemplate the profound effects of these crimes. The novel ultimately delivers a message of hope, emphasizing that one’s past does not define their worth and that love and acceptance can be found even in the darkest of circumstances. It serves as a powerful reminder that determination and resilience can triumph over adversity.
Ascendant is a remarkable addition to Susy Smith’s The Asylum Series, delivering a captivating and thought-provoking reading experience. With its masterfully crafted plot, well-developed characters, and exploration of timely themes, this novel is a testament to Smith’s talent as an author. Prepare to be enthralled by the relentless suspense, inspired by the resilience of the characters, and moved by the book’s poignant message. Ascendant is a must-read for fans of dystopian thrillers, offering a thrilling and poignant journey that will linger in readers’ minds.
“Susy Smith masterfully portrays the duality of power, revealing that those in influential positions can either uphold order and foster positivity or exploit their authority for personal gain. “
“Ascendant is a must-read for fans of dystopian thrillers, offering a thrilling and poignant journey that will linger in readers’ minds.”
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