The Insurgent

The Colony #2

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Pub Date 19 May 2022 | Archive Date 30 May 2022

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Description

If a megalomaniac threatened your family, would you give up your freedom for them? Would you give up your soul?

Asher Solomon is faced with that choice. And makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Exactly as Director Silas Reeves expected him to.

Unable to live as the Colony's premier assassin, Ash retreats to a corner of his mind, ceding control of his body to the alter-ego he was engineered to be—Subject A36. As he's unleashed to battle the Insurgents, the only family he ever knew, the tide of war shifts in Silas's favor.

Combined with his expansion into new territories, the director is poised to take over the world.

But the Insurgents don't give up easily. Not on their cause, and not on their people. With the help of a few double agents deep in the Colony, they stand a fighting chance at ending Silas's reign.

In order to shut down the program, they face almost insurmountable odds. And their most dangerous foe—their former champion turned killing machine, A36.

If a megalomaniac threatened your family, would you give up your freedom for them? Would you give up your soul?

Asher Solomon is faced with that choice. And makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Exactly as...


A Note From the Publisher

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. "The Walking Dead", "Harry Potter", and anything Marvel-related is likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her husband and black cat. Her first novel, "Sarah", a YA horror/thriller, was a horror finalist in the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

Teri Polen reads and watches horror, sci-fi, and fantasy. "The Walking Dead", "Harry Potter", and anything Marvel-related is likely to cause fangirl delirium. She lives in Bowling Green, KY with her...


Advance Praise

"An action-packed dystopian tale of strength, family, and the perseverance of the human spirit." –Jonathan Pongratz, author of the Reaper series

"An action-packed dystopian tale of strength, family, and the perseverance of the human spirit." –Jonathan Pongratz, author of the Reaper series


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Featured Reviews

When Asher Solomon’s family and the love of his life, Brynn, are threatened by megalomaniac Silas Reeves, his only recourse is to become the stone-cold killer A36 in order for them to go free. Ash shuts down and lets his inner monster do the director’s bidding, unable to accept the horrors of what he’s forced to do.

Nearly eighteen years ago, I was built in a lab and genetically engineered to be the perfect assassin.
The Insurgent- Teri Polen

Declan is seeking redemption. He betrayed the Insurgents’ trust for all the wrong reasons and now is trying to make it up to them by becoming the general’s right-hand man so he can spy on the creep and anonymously send the information to Silas’ enemies.

Paige and Brynn have no reason to believe anything Declan says, but desperation makes strange bedfellows and soon they find themselves in an unlikely alliance with some of the colony’s most dangerous enforcers in a bid to overthrow Silas, free Asher, and save the Insurgents’ children from a violent oppressor.

People should never be judged by their outer shell, only on what’s inside. What they contribute to the world and how they choose to live.
The Insurgent- Teri Polen

The Insurgent is the second in The Colony series and can be read as a standalone, but I’m glad I read A36 first, it gave me a deeper connection to the characters and their plight. I highly recommend both books in this outstanding series!

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The Insurgent is the emotional sequel to Polen’s Subject A36. In this story, A36 is the primary focus: where he came from, how he ended up being evil Silas’s right hand man, and who he will become. We get points of view from other characters, too, but A36 is the main protagonist. There is also a romance element to The Insurgent with just the right amount of love story without interfering with the rest of the plot.

Silas is the main villain in this story. He is the utmost in powerful, greedy, vicious villains. Kudos to Polen for creating such a cruel character readers will despise.

Polen also did a great job setting up A36’s predicament. He’s between a rock and a hard place, and no matter what he decides, people will get hurt. The stakes are high. I was gripped by his tale.

One character in particular thinks A36 can be turned, whether it’s his humanity being salvaged, or perhaps him being used as a spy or a weapon. (Whatever it is, I’m not telling, no spoilers here.) It’s a dangerous assumption and adds yet another enticing layer to the plot.

There are three huge surprises in this book. It’s fun to run into something so unexpected in a story.
The only letdown for me is that Polen uses a lot of words when a character is alone, thinking. These passages are important because readers do need context, but the exposition and interior monologue get quite lengthy. Still, Polen’s dialogue and action scenes are fantastic (the hostage rescue was unbelievably exciting), which help make up for the slower parts.

There is no need to read the first story because Polen lays out the circumstances leading to A36’s situation, but I recommend reading Subject A36 first so readers will have an even deeper appreciation for the characters’ ties to one another. Overall, The Insurgent is exciting, emotional, and satisfying.

Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced copy of The Insurgent. I’m more than happy to share my thoughts about Polen’s book.

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