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Rho is a prisoner of war. Miller is the man who intends to break him.
I…I’m creating a Lisa Henry shelf right now… *lets out shaky laughter*
2 weeks later… I was just going through my Kindle notes to finally construct a review. But before I knew it I was punched in the gut once again by my highlighted quotes and then couldn’t stop reading, dammit!
Although this second time around, I skipped the first pages. Those were a bit hard to swallow, even for a proud Black Coffee Crowd member like myself *cough*. Free goodies usually make my eyes shine and skin glow, but The Last Rebellion effectively nips any happy feelings you may experience in the bud. This is not romanticized dub con ending in fireworks and love babies, but the nasty and nauseating real stuff. So please consider yourself warned.
Okay, so maybe that’s not entirely true. This book had fireworks, alright! The badass kind that leaves you gasping for air in the burning smoke and colors the sky blood red (errm? I should probably leave the writing to Lisa…:p)
First things first. Am I ever relieved that I didn’t get a kick out of a war captive being tortured! You never know beforehand how far your comfort zone is actually capable of stretching, right? How cruel you are exactly, hidden beneath layers of socially correct behavior.… Since this story covers a good chunk of the depravity spectrum, I’d recommend this one if you’d like to dip your feet into murky waters and explore your personal boundaries, see if you have any..muahaha!
The Last Rebellion opens by zeroing in on Rho, an injured young man who is held in a filthy prison cell and is raped and tortured daily. Anything to get him to break and spill his guts, betray his people. The odd thing is, Rho doesn’t break. He endures. And thus his brutal treatment is prolonged, intensified. Still, a small part of my mind managed to remain unfazed by the puke-worthiness of it all and was actually annoyed. Uhm, yes. Mostly by Rho’s ‘All American Hero’ behavior. I honestly didn’t see the point of acting all macho in his situation? It gained him nothing, except more brutality. It seemed not only pointless, but downright stupid. My frustration with his attitude was quickly replaced by fascinated horror when the rumors of the ‘unbreakable’ captive reached the higher military ranks and eventually earned Rho a visit from the unnerving Miller…
This isn’t affection. This is just another, subtler form of torture. They both know it.
Sucker as I am for mind fucks, this is the point where I got completely hooked on the author’s clever psychological game and couldn’t put The Last Rebellion down anymore. So thank you, Lisa, for keeping things short and for not screwing with my night’s sleep too much. And damn you, for writing a mere 49 pages, when I craved a much slower paradigm shift and a more thorough exploration of the calculated, twisted Miller’s antics.
Oh man, so many conflicting emotions! I wanted death and destruction to end everyone’s suffering, but at the same time I wanted… more?! I needed Miller to creep closer, to touch, stroke and be tender to Rho and…GASP! Surely I didn’t crave more torture porn?! Then I wanted to run him over with a Bigfoot truck. I disgusted myself by secretly wishing for a little romance, even in the form of Stockholm Syndrome. And was relieved when I didn’t get any of that. Or did I? Whatever the case, I was absolutely hypnotized by this story and it kept me on edge constantly.
In the end, I think a few someone’s got fucked over here. Myself included. What about you?
Title: The Last Rebellion
Author: Lisa Henry
Publisher: self-pub / free read
Release Date: September 1, 2013
Purchase Links: Lisa Henry