Paragon (Vertex #3), Soren Summers

ParagonCR Rating: A for Awesome!

Publisher: Soren Summers

Length: 178 Pages

Reviewer: Jay

Tags: Sci-fi, horror, fantasy, zombies, romance

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Buy: Amazon 

About

The sighting of the second flare has kindled new hope in what’s left of humanity. Perhaps there are other survivors outside the Hive. Maybe it’s the military, finally come to save Pleasance from the horrors of Paragon. But neither flares nor optimism can erase the colony’s bleak realities.

Supplies are dwindling. Food is low, medication running out, and the garden won’t ever grow enough to feed the Hive. And there’s the small matter of the water from the river drying up. The Hive needs a miracle, and fast.With Gabriel Anderson at his side, Jarod Samuels seeks out the source of the flare and an antidote for the Hive’s plight. But some mysteries are best left unsolved, some secrets left undiscovered – especially when the answers hide deep in the heart of the colossus.
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My Review
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Man! What did I just read?! Like seriously. What did I just read! I’ve been busy with placements for uni but even so I read this over a week ago and I can’t wrap my head around a review.
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I thought that when the flare went up in Parasite that it would be Zack and Nathan from Smolder, that’s the book in between Monster and Parasite. I did. I thought they’d be the ones turning up with Dog. Then I thought they’d join forces and get out of Pleasance and be together. I couldn’t have been more wrong, as in like 100% wrong. I was kinda bummed in a way but it doesn’t matter as this was way better than anything I could dream up.
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The peeps are still living at the Hive at the beginning and the zombies are even more aware. The Hive’s hunters are trying to find who sent the flare but they don’t see anything in the direction it came from. Gabriel is healing. Torres is Torres. Esther is Esther. J&G are tight. The kids are still on the rooftop and Daniel’s there with them being positive as ever and still trying to grow food. Engineering has made up some climbing frames for the crops. Most of all it’s clear that everyone’s got hope because it isn’t just them.
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Life has been different at the Hive since the sighting of the second flare. Its appearance triggered something in the mall’s occupants, reawakening emotions and ambitions that had shriveled the day Paragon ravaged the city.
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The things you see in zombie movies are happening, the survivors are gonna need new food and medical supplies, but where to get them from? The scavs and hunters have reconnoitred all over the place by now. But the da dam daam event is the Hive’s water supply turning to a trickle overnight. I laughed though because when Jarod goes out the next day to look he sees a wall which wasn’t there yesterday when he went to the same spot. First thing that went through my mind is Vertex is in league with Donald Trump. I know it’s bad and all but I couldn’t help going there. Last thing you need is Hargove joining with Trump. That’s where my mind went.
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Jarod keeps going away inside his head a lot, more then usual, and it made me wonder why that was happening. He’d be doing something or talking with someone and he’d just zone out. I know he feels bad about killing Hortega, but he had to and he also feels bad for Gabriel and wonders if he’ll blame him. Their relationship is still intense, as in kinda co dependent intense. I thought back about how Gabe came to Pleasance because of Jarod, and the running and the record like Jarod had, their coach was the same like their school was the same and their town. Then Gabriel ends up living with Jarod and Jarod’s thoughts of someone killing for him sounds like love. They’ve saved each other and killed for each other and it caused pain but they have an even bigger, more intense love for each other because of all of the above.
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Maybe it’s the bond they share, the type of thing that comes from spending so much time in the other’s presence, the kind of thing that comes from killing together, for each other. It’s love, if Jarod has to put it in its simplest terms, but it’s still strange to him, how sometimes everything feels just like the first time all over again.
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They battle the newer zombies just a bit. The zombie situation intensifies with the king of them appearing and it isn’t who you think. Maybe I should say it wasn’t who I thought because call me 100% Wrong Jay! Then the big shock happens about the wall and I don’t know how to review it past that point.
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I thought Soren Summers was mean because the chicken nuggets came true and I laughed. Man, I just got a card that says ~ do not pass Go or collect any money cause you’re going to hell Jay!
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Only certain people escape the ultimate zombie attack from the Hive and are on the run and they end up in a place they never thought possible. Vertex is everywhere and it turns up when you least expect it.
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Every chapter has a title and they’re well conceived like Conclave. Maker. Threnody. All of them work with chapter events. You could read and not notice but its clever.
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Paragon has lots of suspense and it closes things up BUT I have one HUGE question for peeps who’ve read this book: Did Hargove give Jarod a gift? Did he fuck with his head? I’m sure in Parasite JH said something about caring about Jarod and a throw away about Anderson would be okay. Was that right? Was this all about a sick kinda love for him like an obsession? Cause everyone always loves Gabriel but the big giant head seems to love Jarod and that’s like the big league of possessive love. Was it just a trick? Fuck me! I’m speechless at the end of Paragon. JH rules! I talked to one person already but anyone else hit me up with your thoughts.
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 “Youuu,” one mouth says. Another one opens to finish. “Do you remember your nightmares very much, Mr. Samuelsss?”
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COME ON! Chills!

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I can’t leave without something sexy because Cocky Reviews has a sexy signature and I know from subscribers you like the sexy. 😎 Last up. Get this series if you like gay sci-fi and horror. If you’re a gay guy and you know we don’t get much representation as main characters in sci-fi and horror books then you’ll see this series gives us something real awesome.
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Jarod dips his head, catching Gabriel’s mouth, pulling him into a kiss. It’s the kid’s weakest point, when they’re locked together like this, mouths and bodies and cocks and hands linked, like a single thing made of too many parts, a fused, two-headed god from some dead civilization, a many-armed cacodemon baying and wailing for release. And that isn’t far off, Jarod knows, from the way Gabriel is whining into his mouth.
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