Title: Long Way Home
Series: Thunder Road #3
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: 31 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Seventeen-year-old Violet has always been expected to sit back and let the boys do all the saving.
It’s the code her father, a member of the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, raised her to live by. Yet when her dad is killed carrying out Terror business, Violet knows it’s up to her to do the saving. To protect herself, and her vulnerable younger brother, she needs to cut all ties with the club—including Chevy, the boy she’s known and loved her whole life.
But when a rival club comes after Violet, exposing old secrets and making new threats, she’s forced to question what she thought she knew about her father, the Reign of Terror, and what she thinks she wants. Which means re-evaluating everything: love, family, friends . . . and forgiveness.
Caught in the crosshairs between loyalty and freedom, Violet must decide whether old friends can be trusted—and if she’s strong enough to be the one person to save them all.
Long Way Home solidifies Katie McGarry’s plot weaving genius. Unfortunately, that does mean it is difficult to write about without spoilers please forgive the teasing torture that is about to occur within the review 😉
I, for one, have been heavily invested in Violet and Chevy’s story from the moment I started the series with Nowhere But Here. Even from the beginning it was obvious how much they cared for each other, but with Violet lost to her grief over her father’s death she turns her anger outward blaming the Terror for the loss of her beloved father. Cutting out the MC from her life also meant turning her back on her best friends and boyfriend. Despite her constantly pushing them away, they have never given up on Violet.
Regrettably, it takes a dramatic/traumatic event to act as a catalyst to reuniting the pieces of Violet’s life. Caught in a dangerous situation as a result of the Terror, Violet has to dig deep in order to find the strength to survive and carry out the best course of action for all of those involved; this also means she has to make herself vulnerable by trusting those closest to her with her problems. Violet is a wonderfully sassy and feisty character, she has a tendency to be a little impulsive but always with the best intentions – she is a fighter through and through.
Chevy has his own internal battle, torn between committing fully to the MC and carving his own path. Constantly battling the stigma of being associated with the Terror while navigating the already rocky road of high school. Secrets and lies buried since his birth, surface creating more angst for Chevy. Who to believe and who to trust takes its toll especially when he questions his own value based on his decisions rather than himself as a person. The people who love you aren’t going to stop loving you if you choose a path different from their own. Chevy is protective of those he loves which can translate into oppressive where Violet in concerned; worldly-wise for his age yet Chevy needs to learn equality in his actions, a difficult task when women have always held specific roles within the MC.
Long Way Home takes a deeper look at the role of women within the MC as well as pointing out the misogynistic aspects. Violet challenges the long-held stereotypes and paves the way for a new era of the women within the walls of the Terror.
Long Way Home also looks at the fine line between aiding someone and enabling them; aiding them is helping them by supporting them while they gain the necessary skills to survive independently while enabling is doing those things for them so they become dependent on the help.
Long Way Home is both tense and intense with high-octane action and heart-pounding tension; my mind was spinning throughout. Secrets, lies, doubt, manipulation, divided loyalties, family, friends, love, and trust, form the foundation of the plot (yes it’s a lot to take in and hence the tense and intense).
The continuing feud with the opposing MC, The Riot, comes to a head with some very surprising revelations. Pushing the younger generation to take control of their own destinies. There is an amazing link to the Pushing the Limits series, that I not only completely loved but made complete sense.
Long Way Home is a coming-of-age story where the next generation of Terror recognize and utilize their potential creating a new dynamic in order to progress into a new era.