Series: Altered #2
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers on 1/7/2014
Genres: Science Fiction, YA Paranormal Romance
Sexual Content: Minimal
Reviewed by: Libbie
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned.
Before starting ERASED, the second book in the Altered series, I was tempted to go back to ALTERED for a skim-type of refresher, or to reread my review. I did neither and as it turns out, I didn’t need to. ERASED did a beautiful job of getting me back into Anna’s life, her world, and the events of the previous book. It also managed it without the sometimes off-putting repetition I’ve seen in other series books (Mythos Academy comes to mind).
Where ALTERED was mainly about world-building and mystery solving – uncovering the boys’ and Anna’s lives – ERASED was all about action. Lots and lots of action. I don’t want to say it was too much but it really did dance on that border and I’ll give Rush this, she didn’t shy away from getting our heroine’s hands dirty. In any other world it might have turned me off, but Anna is what she was created to be so it fit with the story well. A lot happens in ERASED but it never felt like it was too much – except when the deceptions wrenched at my heartstrings.
All of the characters in ERASED reminded me almost from page one why I loved them so much in the first book. Cas was still adorable and sarcastic, Sam was all brooding and Nick as irascible as ever. Unfortunately Nick is the center of my one reservation. If I felt my triangle radar pinging in ALTERED, it turned into a klaxon as I read ERASED. It’s not the full on Team vs Team in other books, though. This situation feels more like the Revenants – you have your main couple and they’re lovely and in love, but there’s a third person with buried, and probably unrequited, feelings tossed into the mix. I’m all for romantic tension – its my failing that I have a tendency to root for the underdog.
Apparently there’s a third book planned for the Altered series and I’m very, very interested to see where it will take Anna and her boys since ERASED tied up a lot of loose ends. I’m definitely on board for it, though.Series Titles:
- Touch by Jus Accardo - 3/5