Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Published: January 29th, 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Hardcover, 407 pages
How I Got This Book: Checked it out from the library
Why I Picked It Up?: I LOVED Incarnate so much (my review here), I just knew I had to continue with this series!
Book Jacket Blurb: “DARKSOULS
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.”
Note: There will be spoilers for Incarnate in this review. It is inevitable. If you haven’t read the first book yet, just know that THIS SERIES IS AWESOME and you should TOTALLY READ IT! That is all.
Okay, so full disclosure: I actually read this book a year ago. But of course, last year I hardly wrote reviews for the books I read. However, since I am planning on reviewing the third book in this trilogy, I decided I should at least write up a small review for this book! So here are some of my thoughts after re-reading it this week! (In bullet form)
— Story development: The second installment of this series SOARS in way of developing this story and the world it takes place in. Like seriously, the end of Incarnate opened many doors with finding out the reason for Templedark, but WOAH! This book takes that intensity and expands it exponentially. The Temple becomes a main setting for action in this book as Ana continues to search for answers about who/what Janan is and what his plan for All Souls Day is. This book is action-packed and exciting, and the pacing is perfect. This book definitely does not suffer from the “second book syndrome.”
–Ana: Her character development throughout this book is evident. Her struggles from the first book–finding an identity as the only newsoul–continues to be a defining fight for her. After the events of Templedark and losing so many souls, Ana knows that fighting for newsoul rights will only be more important. She becomes a fierce storm, doing whatever she can to fight against those who hate her for being new. Personally, she continues to struggle with her own feelings, particularly with Sam. Sam, who can share his emotions so easily, confuses her perceptions of who she is simply by loving her. Throughout this novel, Ana wrestles with her own feelings, with her own beliefs about what she can and cannot feel and do and think. It doesn’t help her to be surrounded by people who not only hate her but also disapprove of the relationship she has with Sam. That relationship causes tension among Heart, and that tension weighs on Ana a lot.
–The other characters: What I REALLY love about this book is the introduction and exploration of many new characters! We get more world development through meeting new characters and learning about them. By far my favorite new character in this novel is Cris, who not only has an interesting history, but also has an interesting history with Sam. But having such a great supporting cast of “good guys” and “bad guys” allows the reader to really get involved in the story and join the world of Heart.
Overall, this book was JUST AS GOOD (if not slightly better) than Incarnate, and I LOVE that! This series gets better with book two, and that makes me EXTREMELY excited to get to reading Infinite today!
My Bookshelf Rating:
This book definitely does not suffer from second book syndrome. Asunder is packed full of action, excitement, and a lot of character development! We get to meet new and interesting characters, learn even more about the history of Heart, and discover exactly who Janan is! Plus, some swoon-worthy Ana and Sam moments, for sure! A great middle novel, for sure! Cannot wait to start book 3!!!!
Love and Butterfingers,