by Lola Dodge
Thank you to Netgalley and the Publisher for giving me a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publish date: 13th October 2015
Author: Lola Dodge
Publisher: INscribe Digital
Book: #2 of The Shadow Ravens
Genre: paranormal/dystopian/ YA
Found: Netgalley/ series
Rating: 4.5 voodoos
Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.
The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.
Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?
I was so excited when I found this on netgalley, being that I was waiting (im)patiently for it. I had to recap the end of the last book in the security queue at Aberdeen airport so that I could remember what had happened before, but it was a short recap and I remembered readily and then I dove right in!
I enjoyed this book too. I’m confused over the writing, as in if Lola Dodge had any part in the writing of Cipher (Review found HERE) because Aileen Erin is mentioned in the author section on this on Goodreads and the writing style wasn’t noticeably different.
The humour in this book was pretty good, it balanced out some of the horror, because there is always horror when testing labs are involved. And if, when reading it, you can’t work out what song I was possibly singing roughly 46% of the way through, then there is something wrong with you. You can’t use age as an excuse either because I was a baby when the song came out and I know it. But back to the matter at hand.
I really enjoyed the dual POV, I like seeing things from both characters sides, and it wasn’t too confusing, possibly because the book I’d read before did the same sort of thing so I was fully in the mind space to deal with it.
Honestly I struggled with Altair’s name and I really want to know of his history with Hunter (From book 1), but other than that I liked him. I also liked his sister Cass and I hope she pops up later. I also liked Quanta. Despite everything, she’d managed to hold on to herself. I hope she gets to hold onto Altair too. Book 3 seems to be about them again, not the expected third main character. But we’ll see.
This world is well presented and developed and I stand by my assessment of book one. I could actually see humans doing this to each other, which is probably the most horrific thing – that this is possibly not so far from the truth. I can’t wait to read what happens next. Unfortunately I think I’ve a year or so to wait.