This story, much like the first, is so unlike the novels that I usually read. Since I read the first installment and loved it, I figured that I would really enjoy reading the second installment as well. This story begins with a teenager named Emery–well not really a teenager, but she is known as a regenerated individual (regen for short). Emery is a chronicler for her somewhat subdivision and lives with her “mother” named Julia. But Julia is not really Emery’s mother even though Julia doesn’t know any different due to implanted memories. Emery knows that the past has many faults, but yet she cannot escape from the desire to learn more. With excitement and certain determination, she knows that she must find some type of proof that Charlotte Avery is her biological mother. After countless videos and journals that Charlotte left behind after her death, Emery’s interest consumes her entire existence. Can she learn the truth and will it change the only thing that she has ever known about the world that she lives in now?
My favorite character is Emery because she is much like myself. She is very independent, smart and filled with curiosity as well as a desire for knowledge. Her research is in-depth and some of the technological theories and ideas that surround her research are astounding. I enjoyed reading about Emery and Julia’s banter as well as Liam and Aiden’s characters. The interest that Emery has with Charlotte and Parker is fascinating and I liked reading about them from a different perspective. The one thing that I enjoyed the most about Emery’s character is the fact that she portrayed Earth as being one of vast wonder…in essence. She has knowledge of Earth and its billions of people as they faded, eventually leaving the survivors to form pods in certain areas or little minute collections of people after the Rapture took hold. Her view of the previous lives that were lost is one of perplexed bliss. She is content to have the knowledge, but the cities in which were populated are still somewhat confusing and undesirable.
Overall, this story is written well with complex character development and an elaborate new futuristic world. I rate this book with five stars because it is not only highly creative and original, but the pace is steady and everything flows properly from scene to scene. This author likes to take her mind to another level when she writes and her ideas and advancements are absolutely stunning to read about. Some things were a little difficult to wrap my head around, but an open mind is definitely needed when reading these two installments because both stories make you think about the differences between what is and what could become. I really enjoyed reading this story. I would definitely recommend this to lovers of science fiction and I look forward to more books from this author in the future!
Lauren J. December 3, 2015