This is a hard book to explain. It messed up my brain and my heart in so many ways, I wanted to punch something.
I fell in love with Liam from the start and I loved him no matter what happened. Johann was an entirely different story. I did love him for the most part, but I so wanted to punch him at times, shake him, tell him he's acting like a total douche, an insecure wreck, etc. I had moments when I thought he was dropped as a baby, like a lot, and others when I thought he was brilliant. He could be extremely perceptive, or completely miss the point.
Tanner or Tan or Tannenbaum, his E mate, was also a roller coaster ride. Although I did feel more for him than Johann at times. He starts out damaged. Just as Johann, his qualities over time are conflicting, and you'll go nuts trying to figure out how you feel about him.
Other couples in the book, Gara and Midget, Kobal and Rene, they are just as hard to understand. At times you feel like they should just break up already and move on, then you figure out they shouldn't. Characters from the first book in the series also make an appearance, Met and Red, Harris, and of course, my beloved Liam.
Ashlyn Forge has a knack for plot twists that are so out of this world, they make your head spin. And most of them happen towards the end of the book. I remember reading other reviews saying her books broke the reader's mind, in a good way. I did feel my brain had been broken. I was also so thrilled I had managed to guess something! I never guess anything in her books... I did a happy dance. That was of course until I realized I only guessed it half way and that it was minor compared to what else was in store for me.
Johann's mother was a very interesting character for me. If you want someone to hate, the archetype of an unfit mother. Yet, much like Johann, I kept looking for reasons, some sparks of motherly love. And while I did understand some of the reasoning behind it, I could follow her twisted logic, it just still made no sense.
The Colony is as complicated and fantastic as it was in the first book, yet again, so relatable. It's like being thrown out in a twisted, dystopian future, and instinctively feeling at home. Because underneath the different technology, clothes, and paranormal abilities, it's just like your world. Same pressures, same fears, same imperfect people that sometimes do wonderful, incredible things.
I strongly suggest you read this book if you like sci-fi / dystopian books or mm romances. This might not be a book highlighting your typical love stories, but they are love stories that will stay with you for a long time.