Author: Santino Hassell
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Chase Payne is a walking contradiction. He’s the most powerful psychic in the Community, but the least respected. He’s the son of the Community’s founder, but with his tattoo sleeves and abrasive attitude, he’s nothing like his charismatic family. No one knows what to make of him, which is how he wound up locked in a cell on the Farm yet again. But this time, the only man he’s ever loved is there too.
Elijah Estrella was used to being the sassy sidekick who fooled around with Chase for fun. But that was before he realized the Community wasn’t the haven he’d believed in and Chase was the only person who’d ever truly tried to protect him. Now they’re surrounded by people who want to turn them against their friends, and the only way out is to pretend the brainwashing works.
With Chase playing the role of a tyrant’s second-in-command, and Elijah acting like Chase’s mindless sex toy, they risk everything by plotting a daring escape. In the end, it’s only their psychic abilities, fueled by their growing love for each other, that will allow them to take the Community down once and for all.
The best of the series, in my opinion, or maybe it just feels that way because each book was a treat and each story featured one of the young men who were linked by their father, the founder of The Community, an organization that fosters psychic powers and encourages their communication with each other for the good of the whole. Or, at least that’s my understanding of what the general public would believe them to be. On the other hand, in reality, the Community is tightly run by this man who uses human beings, including his own children, as no more than research projects—always trying to perfect mind control and to find the perfect candidate to be able to foresee the future and rule others through psychic abilities.
I honestly thought this book was going to feature more of Holden and Six from Oversight as they worked to destroy the Community from the inside by infiltrating the Farm, where recalcitrant psychics were taken to be “reprogrammed,” and setting the patients free. In reality, some of that happened but the main thrust of the story was Chase and Elijah and Chase’s F’d up emotions and inability to touch his own humanity and emotions—especially with Elijah. At the end of the last story, they were captured and separated and while Jasper tries to basically suck the psychic ability from Chase’s mind, others are working on Elijah in the Silo to assure that his precog abilities will only be used for the good of the Community and that he will be compliant and non-rebellious when they finally integrate him with the rest of the patients at the Farm. Somehow Chase manages to convince his father that he will work with him if they release Elijah to him. Considering Chase is his best choice as second in command of the organization, his father finally goes along with the plan—only to be totally upended when Chase and Elijah join with his half-brothers and others who believe the Community does more harm that good.
The excitement and pins and needles hold-your-breath-and-hope-for-the-best moments that occur in this story are plentiful. The love between Chase and Elijah finally shines through when Chase begins to accept his own humanity and is willing to admit that Elijah is the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Watching his growth and change and the evolution of the revolution of the psychics housed at the Farm and having an opportunity to revisit characters from Insight and Oversight provided hours of entertainment in this exciting conclusion to the series.