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4.0 out of 5 stars As well as dealing with the usual teenage issues of love, relationships and a-levels, 23 July 2014
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This second part in the series by Rory Freckleton, returns us to the lives of Jake, Nathan and friends, who are living out their lives under the protection of Rainbow House in a secret location in London.

As well as dealing with the usual teenage issues of love, relationships and a-levels, our heroes have the added burden of undertaking their Guardian training. This will enable them to become part of a team of special agents dedicated to protecting the gay community and other vulnerable members of an increasingly, homophobic, hostile and fascist society.

Outside the protective bubble of Rainbow House The Family Unity Party is gaining considerable ground politically, helped by weak government and failing financial markets, and they are becoming increasingly militarised. Can the location of Rainbow House be kept a secret? Will the Rainbow Alliance and the gay community at large be able to survive in an increasingly hostile society?

I sometimes felt that the fantasy or adventure elements of the story jarred a little too much, and this is probably because the rest of the book - the mundanity of normal teenage life and all the towns and places that form the backdrop for the action are all too real? But, on the whole this is an enjoyable read, and the parallel stories of our teenage heroes' adolescent lives and the FUP threat outside Rainbow House are tied in well together. I am very much left wanting to know what will happen next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Progressive read that is often dynamic..., 8 April 2014
After reading the first book, The Guardians of the rainbow, I was excited to see how the story line was going to progress as I realised the end of the last book had been left with sufficient scope for anything to happen in subsequent titles.

Once again, I was pleased with the read. The short, sharp and snappy chapters are ideal for the target audience – enough to keep them engaged but not bored! The story line had moved on to reflect the next stage of the characters life (going to college, preparing for university etc,) and from experience we all know that this can be a chaotic time, without any personal events that go on in each of our lives. The writer had got this reflective of typical late teenagers with the sexuality issue being one extra event to have to deal with.

Whilst at times the book fancies itself as a plot from James Bond, the writers imagination is clearly well expressed and time and detail have gone into the storyline. What I like particularly is how some of the pure fictional parts of the book somehow have a reality about them, and seem to run parallel with events not so fiction in a typical teenagers life whether gay or straight. Infact the worrying thing about it is that with breakdown of mainstream society and rise of fascist style groups, something so fictional could become quite real. This is very clever.

The writer also touches on some fairly key topics (religion and sexuality for example) which may be taboo or controversial and these are introduced and dealt with well. The characters (especially the main few) each seem to have their own story and life to tell, which is an individual part of the story as a whole, and it is clever how it all links together. Some of the older characters play more of a part in this book, so it is not just a teenage read either.

Make sure both books are read for the true flow to become apparent. Again the book has been left open so I am assuming that work can be done on a third story.

Overall the book is a progressive read that is often dynamic yet has a degree of personality about it that clinical storylines often do not.

Give it a go!

Andrew.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the keenly awaited sequel to Guardians of the Rainbow, 19 Dec 2013
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This keenly awaited sequel to Guardians of the Rainbow gives us the next development of this fast-paced and chilling story. It follows the pattern established in the first book, of shortish snappy chapters and dialogue. The main young characters are given more depth as they pass through their teenage years and deal with their new lives at Rainbow House and their training to be the next generation of Guardians. We read further about the extreme and violent tactics adopted by the F.U.P. in order to try and eradicate all gay members of society. I wonder whether the political aspects, namely the reasons behind the weak Government, both local and national and the collapse of a bank couldn't have been explored in just a little more depth without losing the interest of the book's younger audience.

As before, there is a pleasing lack of very graphic sex even though there are close relationships running parallel with the fast-moving events. There is poignancy too in Jake's interest in Tim, a young man who has been a loner for most of his time at Rainbow House. This is a very well written book and clearly it can't be the end of the matter and we await the third book in the trilogy with anticipation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 3 July 2014
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Hard to put down - always something happening.
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