Saturday, August 31, 2013

Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Title: Asunder
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release: January 29, 2013
Series: Incarnate
Pages: 416
Review: Four Stars

Asunder was really something. While I loved the first book, see my review here, I still enjoyed the book. The plot was slower and took longer to pick up, but the characters and background is still stellar. I had fantasy after fantasy about how the book would turn out, and not a single happened. It's not say that nothing happened, I'm saying something unexpected happened. It was the perfect ending for the book and leads perfectly into book three, Infinite, which comes out January 2014. While I didn't tear through the book, it built on a spectacularly immense world with ease. Nothing felt out of place or awkwardly inserted.

The main character is Ana. While she's determined not to be, as she's deemed it, a butterfly in book one, she proves it in book two. Ana does what she believes is right, even when no one stands by her side. Not once does she falter from her task of created a world safe for Newsouls like herself. When terrifying information is thrown her way, Ana uses it to her advantage and does all she can to come out on top. She has as many, or more, enemies then she does friends. At times she feels weak and hopeless, yet her friends are able to lift her up and remind her of her self-given duty. Her fear changes to hurt. Hurt changes to anger. Anger changes to hope. And hope, lights a match. She's a fierce protector of those she cares about and refuses to give up on them, even when it seems she's been betrayed.

The end of the book was a HUGE surprise. To make sure you read the book, I won't spoil it for you here, but oh my. It is amazing. The book is a bit of a struggle, but those last twenty pages are worth it. And even in the parts that seem slow or even forced, the writing itself is amazing. Jodi Meadows weaves an intricate story that even now I can't see the end of. Characters struggle and sacrifice. Ana constantly wavers between to sides of an equally difficult spectrum. Life and death are contemplated and the true meaning of immortality is revealed. Is immortal life worth it if someone else has to die?

Author Bio:

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

*A Kippy is a cat.

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Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

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