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Title & Series: EVOLUTION (Extraction #3)
Author: Stephanie Diaz
Release date: September 8, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 320
Formats: Hardcover, eBook




Clementine and Logan’s world is on the brink of destruction. An army of aliens from the distant planet Marden has arrived with a massive fleet of battleships, intent on finally putting an end to an age-old war. With the Alliance headquarters reduced to rubble and one of the rebel leaders close to death, Clementine and her friends have no choice but to retreat to the Core to escape the alien ships attacking the Surface.

But safety in the Core means forming a temporary alliance with their sworn enemy. Though he’s a ruthless man they cannot trust, striking a bargain with him—his pardon in exchange for their help defeating the Mardenites—seems the only way the rebels might survive. The only way that Clementine and Logan might finally live in peace. But their hope for peace is short lived as they soon find out that Marden’s force is more powerful than anyone anticipated, with weapons and technologies never before seen on Kiel. Unless old feuds can be set aside long enough for a diplomatic solution to be found, all of Kiel’s people will be destroyed, and all of Clementine’s sacrifices will mean nothing.

With pulse-pounding twists and turns, the stunning conclusion to the Extraction series will leave you breathless!


NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.

The Review

What a fantastic and exciting and gripping and suspenseful series finale EVOLUTION is. This third installment takes the story in yet another direction, giving readers something both new and familiar, making for a fascinating and thrilling read. Deadly threats, dangerous enemies, fragile allegiances, shocking revelations ensure that this will be an unputdownable page-turner.

With the enemy drawing ever closer, Clementine and the Rebels will have to band together with the Developers and Commander Charlie if there’s to be any hope for those that remain on Kiel to survive the Mardenite onslaught. But with the enemy in possession of a poison gas that can instantly disable them, a weapon that can render theirs useless, sheer numbers of Raiders and battleships that dwarf their remaining fleet, mounting a defense seems almost futile.

Not wanting Commander Charlie to resort to a defense that would destroy everything she’s been fighting to save and everyone she cares about, Clementine is desperate to find a less catastrophic solution. She’s even willing to bargain with him, give him something he very much wants, in order to stay his hand. But with time running out, she may have to concede the losses he deems acceptable to avoid the possibility of total annihilation from the invading enemy or be willing to take an even greater risk for the slim chance at a peaceful result.

Stephanie Diaz has penned an absolutely enthralling and interesting and original series, with EVOLUTION being its most action- and danger-filled, most heart-stopping, most captivating installment. Her worlds are ever-changing, her characters evolving, the dangers escalating, the threats and losses and risks increasing, the surprises never-ending. And she brings everything to a close in a way that’s satisfying and unexpected and full of possibility.

EVOLUTION is dramatic and intense. It delivers strategies and deceptions and battles and heartbreaking loss side-by-side with love and loyalty and hope and romance. It starts off with a world in turmoil, at risk of collapse, invasion, destruction and ends with a world that is sure to surprise.

An imaginative and riveting story, a strong heroine, ruthless rulers, intriguing enemies, a sympathetic cause, a dying planet, are just some of the things that make this book and series an absolute must.

The Rating


About Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie first knew she wanted to be an author when she was in second grade, sitting in a book club drinking tea and reading books like The Egypt Game. She dreamed someday people might drink tea while devouring books she had written. She wrote her first book soon after, a 30-page fantasy story–complete with a hand-drawn map–stapled together and presented to her younger sister for a birthday present.

Now twenty-two years old, she lives in San Diego with her family. She graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in film production and a publishing deal for a young adult sci-fi trilogy. She is the author of Extraction and the forthcoming Rebellion and Evolution.

When she isn’t lost in other worlds, she can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fangirling over TV shows.


Other Books in the Series

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Title & Series: EXTRACTION (Extraction #1)
Release date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 416
Formats: Hardcover, eBook



“Welcome to Extraction testing.”

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers, which means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, Extraction is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of Hunger Games and Ender’s Game, and leave them breathless for more.


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Title & Series: REBELLION (Extraction #2)
Author: Stephanie Diaz
Release date: February 10, 2015
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 336
Formats: Hardcover, eBook




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.


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