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Author: Patricia Vanasse
Release Date: July 2015
Publisher: Pants on Fire Press
Pages: 317 (Paperback)
Genre: YA | Sci-Fi | Romance
Series: Resilient #2
Read: from June 21 to 27, 2015
Source: Author | Kobo
In an attempt to protect their families, Livia and Adam set out in a search for answers that would change their lives forever. While on the run, Livia and Adam crossed paths with Daniel, who had been searching for them and the five other genetically enhanced teens Daniel knew existed. But getting out from under The Agency’s radar has not been easy. After being ambushed by the leader of The Agency that created them—a desperate attempt to claim what they lost just over a decade earlier—Livia was forced to leave an injured Adam behind, barely escaping to safety with Daniel. Now under the control of The Agency, Adam is serving the purpose for which he was created. Manipulated to forget his love for Livia and his past, he lives a life crafted by fake memories that enslave him to a life of following the orders of The Agency. Adam battles with vivid “dreams” of a life he does not remember and the strong connection he feels to the girl with familiar blue eyes. The desire for vengeance propels Livia and Daniel into a dangerous race to disrupt the destructive string of events that The Agency initiated seventeen years earlier. As they travel across parts of North America in search of other teens who are just like them, Livia will face an ethical battle over genetics, loyalty, and love. The race is on, and it is up to Livia to destroy The Agency and rescue Adam, but even if she succeeds at saving him, there are no guarantees she’ll able to save the deep connection they once shared.
In this book we continue following Livia and Adam, now separated from each other and with a small introduction to Daniel’s and Brooklyn’s point-of-view. Livia is training and running away with Daniel, trying to find out the rest of the GES while at the same time trying to save Adam and, consequently, destroying The Agency.
Adam is now a member of said Agency since Brooklyn wiped his memory of Livia – though he dreams of a blue eyed girl he doesn’t know. He’s working as a trainer and is sent to several missions where his abilities are put to test and use.
Basically, nothing is the same and what it seems. Everything is upside-down and nothing will ever go back to normal. Especially when we are introduced to the rest of the GES and to a sinister plot by The Agency.
I admit that even though I really enjoyed the action and the pace of this book, Awakened sounds so different from the first book I had a hard time getting used to it. But the plot and the characters especially the characters – make up to that: they are strong, smart and very well develop with so many deep thoughts and feelings I can’t really pick one as a favourite. Well, maybe Daniel. I found out that I have a soft spot for Daniel. The whole group is so different, with so many different personalities and ideas and I loved meeting them all. And their abilities fitted the action whenever they needed to use it. Patricia Vanasse is a master when it comes to create and develop characters. She really understands the mechanism of writing really good and human characters and I bow down to her talent.
We really get to know The Agency’s role a little bit better in this book and see it from the inside. We also get an insight on the whole operation to create more GES and what such a thing would do to the world. That insight to what The Agency is creating and what it would achieve made the plot sound terrifying and intriguing. It was also one of the major positive points that made up for the fact that Awakened suffered slightly from SBS (Second Book Syndrome).
The reason I say this suffers from SBS has to do with the love-triangle (or square!) and all those angst moments between Livia, Daniel, Adam and Brooklyn. It was natural for Livia and Daniel to have a deeper connection since they have been together for such a long time. And now with Adam’s memories “erased”, I was beginning to root for Daniel (hence the soft spot) which is a total shock. I feel that the romance that I adored so much and that was so important in Resilient lost its interest and spark. I know that everything is different since Adam was kidnapped, but I missed that connection between Livia and Adam. And even when they were together, there was something amiss, something not right. What made me so much in love with Resilient was lost in this book which was a disappointment.
Now, can we talk about the ending? I liked the ending since it gave us a new thrilling excitement towards the continuation. Though I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting what happened since the whole group spent half of the book trying to get inside The Agency to destroy it. They ended up going quite the opposite of what I had expected. I guess that was what made the ending so unexpected and so shocking. But it made sense what happened and it was a positive way to get us hooked to know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure that Patricia Vanasse is going to blow us away with the third book with more twists and turns we are not going to see coming.
Overall Awakened is a good and entertaining sequel to Resilient. The characters are the best in this book and the action is another strong point. It simply flows with the plot and teaches us the basis to what this universe is all about. The plot on itself has you hook to know more about the GES and The Agency. But don’t expect this book to be like Resilient. It’s not… it’s more like a bridge between the past and the future and an introduction to what we might expect in book three. Still, despite it all I really enjoyed this book and I’m eager to read more and know what’s going to happen now.
About the Author – Patricia Vanasse:
Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest.
She has been through Culinary Arts, Psychology, Law School, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing.
She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible. Her weakness- an obsessive relationship with caffeine.
- One (1) $50 Amazon Gift (INT),
- Two (2) signed copies of Resilient (US),
- One (1) e-arc of Against All Odds (INT);
- The giveaway ends July 28th.