Betrayal and Action: A Review of ERASED by Jennifer Rush

ERASED (Altered, #2) 
ERASED
Jennifer Rush
228 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
Source: NetGalley
Rating: REALLY LIKED

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.

Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?

Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.

I must say, I was a little reluctant to pick up ERASED. I enjoyed ALTERED, but didn’t absolutely love it. And I was afraid ERASED would fall lower than ALTERED, as do many sequels.

But I’m glad I picked it up, because the plot, the characters, and the book as a whole, was much, much better than its predecessor.

It’s been two months since the events of ALTERED, and Anna’s flashbacks are getting more and more vivid. Anna and the boys are still keen on finding details to their complicated pasts. But when a certain family member comes back from the dead, Anna’s world is tilted even further.

I never trusted the new character from the beginning, but I was still surprised when the events turned out the way they did. In ALTERED, Anna’s discovery of a ‘mystery’ was a little predictable, but ERASED had me flipping pages faster than I could keep up, eyes widening in surprise as events unfolded.

One of the major aspects I found lacking in ALTERED was the chemistry in Anna and Sam’s relationship. Unfortunately, I felt the same with ERASED. It most likely has more to do with the fact that Sam is so reserved, but I still felt nothing. I thought she and Nick had more of an understanding, and as her flashbacks brought more and more of him to light, I was expecting something to happen, especially when Anna turned slightly jealous.

The ending of ERASED had me doubting a sequel, though I now know for sure that there will be one. It was too wrapped up, too complete, and because of it, I’m certain the third installment will be heartbreaking and emotional. ERASED has it’s fair share of heartbreak too – as Anna relives the death of her family, and we learn an extra tidbit of Trev.

All in all, ERASED was a worthy sequel for ALTERED, and I enjoyed it much more than the first book. Character development, infused with a non-stop-action-filled plot, and a hint of betrayal, were this book’s recipe for success. I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Rush has in store for us next!
 

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About Hafsah

Hafsah is 20. She's a YA author, book reviewer, designer at IceyDesigns and cover artist for Spencer Hill Press. No, she doesn't have time for everything.
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4 Responses

  1. Kristie says:

    UGH! This has me all mixed feelings now. Can’t wait to read this, wheneer my library gets it.

  2. I loved this book so much! I really liked Altered, and I definitely think this was even better. I agree that there was more understanding between Anna and Nick than her and Sam. But I love Nick the best so I was happy :) I did miss Cas in this though, he wasn’t there as much. Regardless, I can’t wait for book 3 either!
    Great review, Hafsah :)

  3. I wasn’t originally planning on reading Erased, because like you I liked Altered, but I wasn’t in love or really connected to the characters. But now I’m thinking I might need to give it a try if you liked the sequel more than the original. I do agree that there really wasn’t any chemistry between Sam and Anna, and I’m sad to hear that that still seems to be the case in Erased. I’ve read books before where one of the characters is reserved, and there’s still a lot of chemistry, so I know it can be done.

    Thanks for the review.

  4. I’m so excited for this one. I’ve waiting a whole year and now I need to get past exams so I could finally check it out! I’m glad to hear that we learn more about Nick but I’m disappointed with Sam. Either way, great review and I cant wait to read it myself.

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