Addicted (Outlaws #2)
Signet / June 28, 2016 / $$7.99 print & digital
With Elle Kennedy’s Outlaws series, she’s accomplished quite a feat: bringing Dystopian out of the shadows into the mainstream in a loud and proud way. In a publishing landscape overrun with contemporaries and even cookie-cutter paranormals, Kennedy’s not only celebrating a post-apocalyptic world, she’s putting her own stamp on it. And if Claimed was a fantastic, nearly primeval forest romp for those on society’s fringe, Addicted takes us to the Outlaws version of Pleasantville, where two long-time best friends finally get their story.
Addicted goes into a new piece of Kennedy’s world. After Lennox and Jamie’s good-time pleasure house is burned to the ground where we left off, they’re forced to relocate—always together—to their friend Connor’s compound, but are soon sent on an assignment with a few other members of the group to help with combat and weapons training at a tight-knit community. It’s a different sort of setting, still free-flowing with sex and booze for the adults, but where the young people are sheltered, everyone has a job and purpose, and self-sufficiency in all things, from food to consumer goods either made by hand or bartered for, is paramount and a carefully crafted network. And it’s here where Lennox and Jamie, due to these new circumstances and plenty of urgency, finally find themselves confronted with feelings for each other that go well beyond friendship.