Friday, August 19, 2011
Chain Reaction, the final book in the Perfect Chemistry trilogy, is just as steamy and deliciously complicated as its prequels. It bears a lot of similarities to Perfect Chemistry in its setting and Luis's situation with the gangs, but Elkeles does make this one a bit different in the way she starts the story, introducing the characters two years before Luis and his mother move back to Chicago. Once the novel moves back to more familiar territory, the story picks up quickly, bouncing back and forth between Luis, who is being led down a very dangerous path, and Nikki, whose dating issues stem from a relationship that ended very badly. Despite her adamant refusal to get involved with any guys that are Luis's "type," they are quickly drawn to each other, which leads to some swoon-worthy scenes. The book is peppered with great interactions with Alex and Brittany, now married with children, and Carlos, who is still dating Kiara, which is fun for fans of the previous two books and makes for some nice banter and family-centered messages. Perhaps the most frustrating part about this book is Luis's inane idea of inertia and the inability to claim his future as his own, despite all that he has witnessed his older brothers do. However, Chain Reaction does have a very satisfying ending...after plenty of drama and some edge-of-your-seat moments. The constant tension in this book makes it a quick, sexy, suspenseful novel that is a fantastic ending to this hot trilogy.
Cover Comments: Oh, this cover is possibly one of the most provocative. It took me a while to figure out that the couple are standing under one of those chemical showers that are found in labs, and once I realized that, the cover clicked and it was perfect. Very awesome.
Review copy provided by publisher.