Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: January 7th, 2014
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.
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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