Title/Author: Asunder by Jodi MeadowsPublisher/Year Published: January 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
How I got this book:The library
Why I read this book: The first book was good, and I wanted to see what would happen next.
Rating: 4 stars
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
I can't decide if I like this book more or less then the first, Incarnate (review). 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!