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Posted July 9, 2012
Slower but still engaging
Transcendence is a thought-provoking adventure into the possibility that we all live numerous lives and only a few people remember it. After reading Incarnate earlier this year, I was intrigued by the idea of another book that tackled the idea of reincarnation but in a totally different light. Transcendence is definitely an interesting read, albeit a tad slow at times, with a cast of characters who aren't always easy to love. In its seamless integration of multiple lives and stories, it succeeds at exploring the possibility of reincarnation but will fail to grasp some readers with its pacing and characters. The pacing in Transcendence was a bit slow for me, as I tend to like a book that really pulls me in and drags me through its pages. This one had me dragging myself through its pages at times. However, the world and its intricacies kept me engaged and interested. I enjoyed the myths that C.J. Omololu created that surround those who do remember their past lives. In doing so she created a world within a world, so to speak, that I liked getting to learn about. The ways that it connected with the "real" world were interesting and realistic. Cole wasn't necessarily a character that I connected with right away, but she grew on me. At first, I thought her somewhat standoffish attitude was a bit annoying and I felt like she really needed to lighten up. Those moments popped up occasionally throughout the story, but by the end, I felt like there were definitely facets to her personality that I could connect with. Griffon, the love interest who shares the spotlight, was intriguing to me from the start. He's got a certain air of mystery to him but at the same time seems kind, friendly, and like someone you would trust. Overall, this wasn't my absolute favorite read of the year, but it is definitely worth exploring if you're interested. The plot has its fair share of action and bits of romance that will satisfy many readers, while the exploration of historical moments will intrigue others. I also really appreciated the diversity in this book. It almost feels funny to point that out, but the truth is that a lot of what we see these days in YA fiction lacks the diversity that we experience in the real world. I liked that this story incorporated real world diversity, all the way down to its gorgeous cover. This is one that I'd consider putting in my library just to be able to display a book with a non-white character on the front cover.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 8, 2012
I think the idea of reincarnation is fascinating, so when I rea
I think the idea of reincarnation is fascinating, so when I read the synopsis for this book I was really excited about it. I was a bit disappointed that it was pretty slow moving, but it was still interesting and was able to keep my attention. It took a little while to really get into it and at first the visions confused me until I understood what was going on. Once I discovered what was going on, the visions became more and more interesting to me and I wanted to figure things out as much as Cole does.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Cole is an okay character to me. I didn't love her or feel much of a character connection with her, but I still enjoyed getting to know her and go through all of the events that happen in the book. She is a sixteen year old cello prodigy. She has always been good at it and her mom is a bit obsessive about her future as a cello player. Her visions start when she is in London with her father and sister. She thinks that she might be going crazy. She meets Griffon in London, but she can't stop thinking about him when she returns to home to California. Turns out he lives pretty close and they have a connection. Poor girl has a hard time figuring out who she can trust and if the things going on are real or not. I find it a little odd how all of the sudden she goes from being perfect daughter to quite a rebel so quickly, but I suppose love makes you do some pretty crazy things.
Griffon was a character I instantly liked. Right off, he was sweet, charming, and funny. He was very friendly, but it was also obvious that there was something different about him. Of course we find out that he not only knows what is going on with Cole, but he has this same ability if that's what you want to call it. He has actually known he is an Akhet for a long time, so he wants to help her. After a little while he is a bit hot and cold or at least that is how it seems. He goes from wanting to be around her constantly, to not talking to her, texting, or anything for days and days. I knew something was going on with him, but I will be honest he was a mystery to me for the most part.
This book starts off slow and we start to slowly learn more and more along with Cole. I thought that the idea of her starting to remember past lives was cool and I wanted to know how each different one tied in with what was going on in the story. There are a few characters who we don't know if we can trust them or not, and I was pleasantly surprised that I did have a hard time figuring some things out. If you like books about reincarnation, I think this is an enjoyable book. I still had a few lingering questions after finishing this book, but overall it was enjoyable. 3 out of 5 stars.