Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans [Review]

Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Series: Memory Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Release:  January 15, 2013
Hardcover: 4281 Pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster For Young Readers
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Three levels. Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world (Level 1) and what comes after life (Level 2).

'I pause to look around the hive - all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories ... I've wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.'

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves
(Courtesy of the Publisher)
Shannon's Thoughts:
First of all, I'm not sure the publisher's blurb accurately describes this book.  But I'm not even sure how to describe it myself. It was the Matrix meets Angels with some Underworld mythology throw in for good measure in a contemporary setting? There are really two parts - Level 2 and Felicia's memories.  The memories are the strongest part of the book.  We watch a budding romance, a betrayal, and a breakdown while piecing together the events that lead to where Felicia is now.  

But the Level 2 stuff...I don't know...I was really confused by it all. Like - why? And - how? And - what? I think I needed more world building to understand what the hell was going on.  Unfortunately, you are just kind of thrown into it and I don't think it was very adequately explained. 

Overall, it was a fast paced and interesting. I liked it and read through it quickly. But I'm still scratching my head.  

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