Hi everyone! This is Julia of The Broke and the Bookish, formerly blogging on my own at The Competitive Bibliomaniac.
I read mostly historical romance, but can often be found reviewing paranormal romance, young adult books (mostly distopian/fantasy), fantasy/sci-fi, classics, and the occasional non-fiction book about languages.
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I can't decide if I like this book more or less then the first. I think I like them the same amount, but for different reasons.
Incarnate had a sense of the new and interesting. What is this world? Why is Ana around? That sort of thing. A sense of discovery.
Asunder is really a continuation of that except now it's moved away from discovery and more into trying to find her place.
Ana and the world are recovering from the events of Templedark during the beginning of this novel. Sam and Ana set off to find some answers, but really come back with more questions. We meet some new characters and discover more about some we've already known.
The story itself progresses and Ana learns more about Janan and the sylph as well as new souls. The ending was pretty jarring in all that we learn and all that it means for the habitats of the city.
Anyway, my biggest praise for this book is the realistic portrayal of Sam and Ana's relationship. I couldn't help but make comparisons to Twilight in my mind, because they both have a really old soul in a teenage body dating a teenager. Where Twilight just kind of glossed over the fact that Edward was really old, Meadows tackles the issue head on. It's actually quite a problem for the growth of their relationship, as I think it would be. I have to give praise for that. The other aspects of their relationship ring just as real.
The story itself is pretty engaging. The world and it's rules are so different and yet the same. I am curious to see where this series leads!
Recommended for: fans of the first book, Incarnate
Originally posted on GR in February 2013