Author: Stephanie Erickson - http://www.stephanieericksonbooks.com
Format: Kindle eBook (free from joining newsletter linked in the back of The Unseen)
Did it feel like a full novel: yes
Cliffhanger ending: so-so
Genre: young adult
Dates Read: July 9-13 2015
Official Blurb: Mackenzie Day is reeling from the death of her best friend, Maddie. She's lost her rock, her partner in crime, and her only family in one feel swoop. With that loss, Mac has lost track of herself, and the things she cares about, including her mind-reading abilities.
When the opportunity for vengeance arises, she becomes so blinded by her hatred that she no longer recognizes the person she's become. As her empathy towards others slips away, even she can't believe how far she is willing to go to claim justice for Maddie.
Without her moral compass and her sense of self, how can she possibly stop a group of mind-reading terrorists from killing tens of thousands of people? Can she see past her anger to care about anything besides retribution? How can she save her newfound family, when she can't even tell the difference between herself and those who are truly unforgiven?
This sequel is enjoyable, and not jarring from the first book as they sometimes can be. You can feel the change in Mac after the events of the first, and how she deals with them lets her grow a bit. The problem isn’t that the beginning is slow, it’s that the other parts of the book feel rushed in comparison. For how much detail was in the beginning, I would have liked the same for the other parts.
Especially Mac’s big thing where she does that thing. Sorry I don’t like to post spoilers so I try to be vague. But she makes a decision because everyone changes, that’s cool and understandable. Yet Erickson writes it so quickly that it happens and you feel like maybe you missed a paragraph or a page somehow. Perhaps she rushed it because she felt uncomfortable making Mac do this, I’m not too sure. There’s not all that much more detail when it comes to the Unseen vs the Potestas though you get a better hint of what the latter is capable of if not why they’re doing it.
Besides Mac you get a good view of Owen (who is a super awesome boyfriend!) and Tracy, though not much of David. I was VERY happy to see we find out more about Mitchell, though I wish there was more. Granted, being that the first book’s line said he was ‘broken’ at a point, I don’t expect him to say much firsthand. But I did want more information, because his quiet thoughtful demeanor must have been totally different from who he was before. It’s explained, but again, I wanted more.
Looking forward to the conclusion which releases in September I think, and I feel like this is definitely a good author to follow even when her books aren’t free. I think so far I really just want more than a quicker read, but Erickson doesn’t leave her stuff too lacking, she does give you enough to feel somewhat satisfied.
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Rating 4 stars