Tace Justice and Sami Steel are two of Jax Mercury’s trusted Vanguard soldiers. Their team is responsible for both civilians and soldiers safety in the Vanguard compound in this post apocalyptic LA. We have gotten to know both of them in the previous two Scorpius Syndrome novels. Seeing how Tace’s easy going personality has changed since contracting the Scorpius virus. His southern charm still in existence, but he now has an edge that he didn’t have before, a dark side that he tries to hide from the others. Sami is a competent member of the team, a former LAPD officer, or so we believe. In Justice Ascending, we see how the attraction that has always existed between the two of them combusts and all of their secrets are revealed.
Tace has been one of my favorite characters in this series. His southern charm and funny one liners a great contrast with Jax Mercury’s alpha attitude. He contracted the virus in Shadow Falling, and his personality started to change. He no longer saw a clear line between bad and good and became almost robotic. I was really excited to see his emotions start to engage with his interactions with Sami. Something that I had really missed. Don’t get me wrong, he is tougher, stronger and has a definite alpha attitude, but she makes him a little lighter, back to delivering one liners to lighten the mood.
Sami was always a bit of a mystery. Even though she was on the elite team of soldiers and there was some comradery, she had drawn a line that she never crossed, keeping her secrets to herself. Justice Ascending breaks it all open and we learn why Sami held herself back and how her relationship with Tace brings those secrets all out into the open.
Justice Ascending was my favorite of the three Scorpius Syndrome books because I was eager to get to the back stories of these two characters. Rebecca Zanetti did not disappoint. Sami and Tace gave this story momentum, moving the Scorpius Syndrome plot forward, leaving the reader tense and eager for the next novel to come out.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley for my honest review. Read my reviews of Mercury Striking and Shadow Falling the first two books in the series by clicking on those titles.
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