Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Altered by Gennifer Albin [Review]

Altered (Crewel World, #2) 4 out of 5 Robots!

Altered by Gennifer Albin
Series: Crewel World #2
Genre: YA Dystopian, Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Release: October 29, 2013
Hardcover: 400 Pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.
(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
To be honest, Crewel was not my favorite book.  I didn't dislike it, but I didn't love it either. I just found it a little boring. I was pretty much ready to be one and done with the series.  But then that ending came and suddenly I was reinvested in the story.  So I was excited to read Altered.  Everything that had been constructed came crashing down at the end of the first book when Adelice took Erik and Jace to Earth.  Altered starts off right after they arrive on Earth and in many ways in a completely different book than Crewel.  Arras makes almost no appearance as Adelice navigates through this brave new world.  Also gone are the societal constructs and characters that dominated the first book.  Now we have a new landscape and new characters.  We get a much larger world view and there are some interesting and startling developments.  And I have to say I enjoyed it more than the first book.  Of course, not everything is different.  Adelice continues to make her own decisions, everyone else be damned.  And the love triangle is alive and going strong.  If you liked the main characters in Crewel, I think you will like Altered.  But if you liked the world of Arras and the looms and weaving and all of that then you may be disappointed by that lack of it in this book.  For me, that made the story more enjoyable, so there is that too I guess. 

Other books in this series in the order that they should be read:
1. Crewel
2. Altered

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