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They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is 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.

When memories from Anna's old life begin to resurface?and a figure from her childhood reappears?Anna's loyalties are tested. Is it a Branch set-up, or could it be the reunion Anna has ...

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Overview

They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.

After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is 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.

When memories from Anna's old life begin to resurface—and a figure from her childhood reappears—Anna's loyalties are tested. Is it a Branch set-up, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased in the first place?

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.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Within minutes, this medical-engineering thriller will have readers glued to their seats....Riveting."
Kirkus Reviews on Altered

"Action-packed...[Anna's] interactions with the boys...keep the story moving quickly, along with a steady unfolding of revelations and events."—Publishers Weekly on Altered

"A rapid-fire thriller....Fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series seeking more dystopian titles would likely enjoy this new adventure."—Booklist on Altered

"Heart-racing action complete with identity twists, mystery, and romance born from the core of the story make this unputdownable."—Lissa Price, international bestselling author of Starters on Altered

"A thrill ride full of twists, secrets, and betrayals. I loved it. More, please!"—Kim Harrington, author of The Dead and Buried on Altered

Lissa Price
"Heart-racing action complete with identity twists, mystery, and romance born from the core of the story make this unputdownable."
Kim Harrington
"A thrill ride full of twists, secrets, and betrayals. I loved it. More, please!"
Booklist on Altered
"A rapid-fire thriller....Fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series seeking more dystopian titles would likely enjoy this new adventure."
VOYA, February 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 6) - Jessica Miller
When Anna and the boys escaped from the Branch, they had hoped to run far enough to be left in peace. The secret government agency has no plans, however, of letting three of their prized test subjects elude them. With agents hot on their heels, Anna learns tricks from Sam, Cas, and Nick, ways to survive on the run. That is, until her dead sister suddenly reappears, dredging up some of Anna's previously erased memories and leading to a heinous betrayal that gets them all recaptured by the Branch. Anna must discover the whole truth about her past before she can move forward and find freedom, and perhaps love, in her future. Rush's sequel to Altered (Little, Brown, 2013) amplifies the danger and tension of the first novel, adding in a healthy dose of betrayal to keep readers consistently on their toes. Once again, Rush reveals secrets in tantalizing bits, causing both readers and Anna to hunger for the truth. Each character's backstory is more fully explored and Anna finds her relationships with each of the people around her changing. Though perhaps the story’s outcome is not the most shocking, Erased will nonetheless leave readers satisfied and hoping for additional stories featuring the secondary characters. Reviewer: Jessica Miller; Ages 12 to 18.
Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-20
Anna and the boys are still on the run from the Branch, the mysterious organization that shaped them into human weapons of mass destruction (Altered, 2013). Grocery shopping and training for combat, they hide out in a cozy cabin like a heavily armed Snow White and three dwarves, their uneasy domesticity troubled by flashbacks of pre-Branch life. Anna's primary concern is with the family she'd forgotten: her sister, Dani, and their parents. Learning that Dani is alive and held by the Branch, Anna seeks help from Trev, the fourth boy, admitted Branch agent and questionable ally, to free her. As flashbacks proliferate, the dizzying plot twists and turns (or, like Anna and Nick's intense relationship, is left dangling). Key developments pivot on characters readers haven't met or are delivered in lumps of "while you were sleeping" exposition. Combat aside, Anna's fairly passive: experiencing flashbacks, reading files, listening to witnesses describe events that occurred long before the story's present timeline. The frantic pacing and underdeveloped characters are dizzying, distancing, occasionally boring--like hearing a detailed account of someone's dreams--so dramatic events (and an accumulating body count) that should move readers have little emotional resonance. Building suspense is Rush's strong suit, but, less earth-shattering than foreshadowed, the tidy resolution feels like false advertising. Lowering the stakes and piling on the violence makes for a disappointing sequel. (Science fiction. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
02/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—After the shootout at the end of Altered (Little Brown, 2013) and an emotional visit to her parents' gravesite, Anna and "the boys" are keeping a low profile. Double-crossing Trev is still with the Branch, while Cas, Nick, and Sam, the other three genetically altered trained assassins who used to live in Anna's basement, are dealing with flashbacks from their erased memories. Anna also has flashbacks-to life with her lost sister, Dani. When Dani is spotted on a grocery store security camera, the foursome set out to find her. Pursuing Dani to Delta camp, the teens discover another disturbing layer to the altering process: some boys are brainwashed and programmed to respond to code word triggers. As more memories begin to surface, computer files are altered, people thought trustworthy turn out to be working for the other side, and Anna learns a shocking truth about her own past. While social drama and a slight romance builds between Anna and Sam, the action overshadows the relationships in this book, with straightforward writing and fast-moving chapters. The characters are older teens (the boys are in their 20s but have aged slowly due to their alterations), and their language reflects this. The book's heavy technology focus and themes of big government conspiracy will attract readers who enjoyed Michael Grant's BZRK (Egmont USA, 2012) or Suzanne Weyn's "Bar Code" books (Scholastic). Best for libraries needing a deep collection of slightly futuristic action and adventure or where the first book was popular.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316197151
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Altered Series , #2
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 61,760
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Rush began telling lies at the age of five and was immediately hooked. Fiction was far better than reality, and she spent most of her teens writing (about vampires, naturally). She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and two children and enjoys eating ice cream in her spare time. She is the author of Altered and its sequel, Erased.

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Erased


By Jennifer Rush

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Rush
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-316-19715-1


CHAPTER 1

Like clockwork, I woke after midnight and immediately had the urge to see Sam.

There was a moment, before I was fully alert, when I wondered if it was safe to sneak down to the lab.

And then I remembered: We weren't at the farmhouse anymore. There was no lab.

In order to see Sam, all I had to do was roll over.

He lay on his stomach, hands tucked beneath the pillow. In the murky darkness, I could just make out the black lines of his birch tree tattoo spreading across his back, the branches twining down his arms.

With my eyes, I traced the dimples made by bones and muscle in his shoulders. Imagined what pencil I would use to sketch him on paper. In the months since Sam, Nick, and Cas had escaped the Branch's lab, and I'd gone with them, I'd learned that nothing was permanent, not even my memories. Now I took every opportunity to savor what I had, just in case.

Waste nothing was my new mantra. And I wouldn't. Not when it came to the boys. They were my family, blood or not. Cas was like my brother. And in some ways, so was Nick, even if we didn't necessarily like each other.

And Sam ... well, I loved him more than anything.

I reached out to touch him, to check that he was solid and warm and real, but thought better of it. We'd all been on edge lately, and I worried that if I startled him, he'd go for the gun tucked beneath the mattress. And then point it at me.

As quietly and lightly as I could, I slipped from the bed and made my way down the stairs of our rented cabin. I found Nick hunched over the coffee table, a fire burning in the hearth beside him, silhouetting him in orange-and-red light. A dozen paper cranes lay in a pile at his feet. There was another in his hands.

He'd started folding them out of nowhere a little over a week ago and had given no reasonable explanation for it. The cranes he'd already made sat in a box beneath my bed because I didn't have the heart to throw them away.

"Hey," I said as I sat down across from him in one of the ratty leather chairs. "What are you doing up?"

He didn't look at me as he answered, "Why does anyone get up in the middle of the night? Because they can't sleep."

"Right."

His eyes were dark and swollen with exhaustion. His black hair stood in raked waves and curled around his ears. A green flannel shirt hugged his biceps and hung open, exposing the hard plane of his stomach.

Like all the boys, Nick, even at his worst, was gorgeous. It drove me crazy. I didn't consider myself unattractive, but next to them, I was painfully average. They didn't know the meaning of a bad hair day.

I grabbed the origami crane closest to me. The folds were precise. The tail point was razor-sharp. Everything about it was perfect. Nick, like Cas and Sam, rarely failed at anything.

"Any idea why you're doing this?" I tried.

Nick formed the head on the crane in his hands. "I don't know. I ..." He trailed off, like he'd caught himself about to say something more revealing than he liked. He turned to me. "Why don't you run back to bed with your boyfriend and leave me alone?"

I frowned. The old me would have scurried away, but in the last few months, we'd made some progress on our relationship, if you could call it that. It helped that I knew Nick better now, knew the reason behind his cutting attitude. He'd grown up with an abusive father. But he didn't know that, not yet. The Branch had stolen those memories from him.

I'd wanted to tell him for a while now. I just didn't have the words to explain it.

"Sam isn't my boyfriend," I said, because it was the only thing I could think to say. "I mean, not officially." I grabbed one of the precut squares of paper and started to fold. "Besides, I'm not tired."

Nick grumbled. "Whatever."

Outside, the wind whistled through the trees and rattled the front door. Snow had fallen not long after dinner. It was now piling in the corners of the windowsills.

Nick finished his crane and tossed it aside. He looked over at me. Normally, his eyes were shockingly blue, electric, but in the firelight, they were leaden gray and guarded. "What's with that look on your face?"

"What look?"

"Like you have something to say."

In some weird way, not having a closer relationship with Nick made him that much better at reading me. His judgment, his gut instinct, wasn't clouded by petty emotions. It made it ridiculously hard to hide anything from him.

I swallowed. "I don't know what you're talking about."

He sighed, exasperated. "Don't play dumb."

I made another fold in the paper, thinking while I worked. Finally, I said, "There are some things about your past ... that maybe you should know."

"What, and you do?"

"I don't know much."

"But you know enough."

I stopped folding. "It might help you understand—"

"I understand plenty." He cracked a knuckle, then another. He avoided looking me in the face, and realization crept in.

"You're having flashbacks? About your—" I stopped myself, just in case. "The flashbacks are more substantial, aren't they? More detailed?"

Sam was the first one to experience memory flashes. Cas and Nick had been having only minor ones since we'd left the farmhouse nearly three months ago. And me, well, I was having them, too—mostly about my older sister, Dani.

When I'd first left home with the boys, I'd thought I was a normal girl swept up in their extraordinary lives, only to find out much later that I'd been altered, too, like them. That the Branch had buried all the important memories from my past life, thereby wiping my sister from existence.

We'd found out she'd been killed by the Branch, and since then, I'd tried so hard to remember her. She came to me in fleeting images and ghost feelings that I later tried to sketch and make real. I hadn't been successful yet. And lately, the flashbacks had been giving me the worst kind of headaches. Enough to send me straight to bed. I hadn't told Sam that part yet. I didn't want him to worry or treat me differently.

"So what are they about?" I asked Nick. "Tell me."

He clenched his hand into a fist, knuckles rising and turning white. "I'm not telling you anything. So stop asking." He said it matter-of-factly, like no earthly force would pry the details from his head. With Nick, it was probably true. In some ways, he was more stubborn than Sam.

He swept out of the chair, breezed past me without another word, and disappeared upstairs, his bedroom door shutting a second later.

The fire in the hearth snapped.

I set aside my half-folded crane and took the last one Nick had made, suspended it between my fingers. That's how Sam found me a minute later, motionless, staring at that stupid crane.

He ran his hand up and down his arm as if to ward off the cold. "What happened?" he asked.

I let the crane fall to the table. "I pissed him off."

Sam sighed as he sat. He looked so tired, even though he'd been sleeping more than all of us lately. It was so unlike him. "What was it about this time?"

I hadn't told anyone else the details I knew about Nick's past. It should be up to him who he shared it with. So I just shrugged and said, "Who knows." A yawn made me pause, then, "I think I'm going to lie back down."

Sam nodded, and I knew that meant he wasn't coming.

"If I'm not up by dawn, will you wake me?"

"Sure."

I started for the stairs, but as I passed him, he reached out, snagging me at the wrist. He pulled me down onto his lap, wrapped a hand around the back of my neck, and put his lips to my forehead. I closed my eyes, breathed him in. He smelled like Ivory soap and fresh air. He smelled like home.

I love you, Anna. He didn't have to say it for me to know that he meant it.

I met his gaze. I love you, too, I thought as I pulled away and headed upstairs.

CHAPTER 2

WHEN I WOKE A FEW HOURS LATER, I could hear Cas singing a Celine Dion song in the shower down the hall. "My Heart Will Go On," from the sound of it.

I threw on a baggy sweater over a tank top and black leggings and headed downstairs. Sam sat at the small table tucked in the back corner of the kitchen, and Nick stood at the stove, scrambling up some eggs.

"Is there enough for me?" I asked.

"Yes," Sam answered before Nick could comment.

After fixing myself a cup of coffee, I sat beside Sam. He was on the laptop, presumably reading over the files we had procured from the Branch. Many of them spanned our entire involvement, from the time we entered the program to right before we left the farmhouse lab. It was going to take us more than a few months to read everything inside, but we were making good progress. Not that we'd found anything substantial yet. Sam's files were bigger than anyone else's. He'd been with the Branch the longest, sold into it by his mother. They started experimenting on genetic alterations with him and expanded from there.

"Anything new?" I asked, squashing the urge to read over his shoulder.

"Not really."

Nick sat across from me a minute later, his plate overflowing with eggs, two pieces of toasted bread beside the pile. He dug in without a word.

"I'll grab our plates," I said to Sam while shooting Nick a scowl. When I got to the stove, I found the pan nearly empty, so I divided what was left into three equal parts, leaving enough for Cas when he came down.

"We're out of eggs," Nick said. "Who's on grocery duty this week?"

"Me," I answered. "And you."

"Great."

I would have gone alone if Sam would have allowed it, but we'd agreed a long time ago that it was best if we traveled in pairs. Grocery shopping was always done with someone else, and we tried to stick to a constant rotation.

Sam downed the rest of his black coffee. "I'll go."

"No." I shook my head. "It's my turn. You and Cas went last week." I took a bite of eggs, silently hoping he'd insist he go in my place.

But he didn't. I'd asked him to treat me like an equal. Apparently, I was now getting my wish.

"We'll go this afternoon," I said to Nick. "So don't disappear on me."

He tossed his empty plate in the sink and left.

My day was looking up already.

It'd been over two months since we'd escaped the Branch and encountered any of its agents, but that didn't mean we could lower our guard. Everything we did was calculated and thoroughly planned out. Like who went grocery shopping and when. Who checked the perimeter and when.

But it couldn't be too planned out, because then the Branch would be able to predict our movements.

Sometimes just taking a shower seemed like far too much work. At Sam's insistence, I always locked the bathroom door behind me, made sure the window was unlocked for a quick alternate exit should I need it. And my gun stayed loaded on the vanity.

Living a normal life didn't seem possible, not with the Branch still out there. It was why we were always on edge. We couldn't relax. Ever. And the longer we went without seeing a Branch agent, the more we felt like our time was running out.

After breakfast, Sam and I got dressed for a perimeter check. He wore a thick black coat with a flannel shirt underneath, jeans, and black leather boots. I had bought a heavier coat a few weeks ago when winter settled in. It was graded for below zero temps. With it, I wore cold-weather leggings tucked into boots.

In the woods, we made our way from one checkpoint to another. I ducked beneath a pine branch and squinted as the sun appeared, the blinding rays reflecting off the snow-covered ground. I had sunglasses on, but they didn't help much.

If an agent attacked me right now, I'd be caught off guard, unable to see. I often found myself thinking about little things like that. And about how many weapons I had on me. Whether or not they were loaded or easy to grab. Right now I had a gun on my back and a knife sheathed in my boot. I could remember a time when one gun seemed like one weapon too many. Now I wished I had more.

Sam trailed behind me by a foot, his steps quiet despite the ice that'd formed on the snow overnight. Every step I took made a loud and annoying crunch.

"I've been meaning to talk to you," Sam said as we rounded a mammoth oak tree. "I think it's time we move again."

I glanced over my shoulder, pausing for a second as he caught up. "Already?"

He stopped beside me. "It's been four weeks."

We'd moved twice since we'd escaped the Branch. I understood why, but I was tired of settling into new places.

I wanted to have the opportunity to rebuild the life that had been stolen from me, and I knew that started with piecing together my past and learning more about my family. I couldn't do that if we kept moving, especially when it seemed like we were heading farther and farther away from Port Cadia, the town where I'd grown up. It was the place where my life and Sam's had been altered completely when he and I lost my sister.

I wanted to know how Dani died and what had happened to her body. I wanted to know why the Branch had killed my parents. I knew the Branch had put me in the farmhouse lab, in the Altered program, because I'd already had a connection to the boys, especially Sam. They'd used that connection and twisted it into something scientific, something they could reproduce and later sell.

But I still wasn't sure if they'd killed my parents so that I wouldn't have a family searching for me, or if there was another reason. We already knew they had the ability to wipe people's memories. So why not spare my parents and alter their memories instead?

We didn't know the endings to any of the important mysteries, and I desperately wanted to.

I needed to.

"Anna?" Sam called out.

I stopped walking. I hadn't even realized I'd moved. "Yeah?"

"You're two steps away from hitting that bear trap." He gestured at a lump in the ground.

"Oh. Thanks."

"You okay?" he asked.

"Fine." I bent over to inspect the trap, looking for any clues that it'd been tampered with or set off. The cold bit through my leather gloves, numbing my fingers as I worked. "So, where are we going this time?" I asked.

"I was thinking Indiana."

"Maybe we should move north."

Even when I wasn't looking directly at Sam, I could still feel the full weight of his gaze. It lifted the hair at the base of my neck.

"No" was all he said.

I sighed and kept walking. I wasn't sure how I'd convince him that learning more about our past was a good idea, because when Sam set his mind on something, he generally didn't budge. His number one priority was to keep us away from the Branch and keep us safe. Obviously I valued my life, but it didn't feel like much of a life with so many of the pieces still missing.

And hadn't Sam been the one to finally break free of the lab, only to risk his safety and freedom again when it was his past he was trying to figure out?

Of course, there was one common denominator in all of this. The whole reason Sam had gone to so much trouble before the farmhouse, the whole reason he'd had clues to retrace in the first place.

Dani.

The sister who had been stolen from me.

Sam's old girlfriend.

Dani was a huge part of Sam's past. I knew he was curious to fill in the blanks surrounding her death, even if he wouldn't admit to it. And finding out more information about her would also give me more information about my family and my past.

It didn't escape me, though, that I was in love with my sister's old boyfriend, and that if she were alive, Sam and I probably wouldn't be together.

What if digging into our pasts reminded Sam of what he'd lost with Dani? What if it brought on the guilt that was already creeping into my thoughts?

And what would that mean for us?

I wasn't sure if I was willing to take that risk.

CHAPTER 3

NICK BACKED INTO A PARKING SPOT in the grocery store lot, facing the SUV toward the exit so we could escape quickly if we needed to. Out of habit, I scanned the lot and the street beyond, pausing on anyone who looked suspicious.

There was a woman hurrying a child down the sidewalk, both of them hunched against the wind.

A gray-haired man got out of his sedan in front of the paper goods store and raced inside. A small black truck with tinted windows crawled past the grocery store. It might have been suspicious, but the streets were slick with snow and salt, making traveling over thirty miles an hour almost impossible. Regardless, Nick and I watched as it rounded the next corner.

"Are we good?" I asked.

Nick checked his rearview mirror one more time before pulling the keys out of the ignition. "We're good."

I hurried toward the store, arms clasped tightly in front of me, trying to ward off the wind. Inside, I grabbed a cart as Nick sauntered up behind me.
(Continues...)


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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2014

    I loved this book! It was as great as the fist one! Hope the aut

    I loved this book! It was as great as the fist one! Hope the author writes another book for this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Great

    So much feels

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    When is number three coming out?

    I am not sure if the author is planning on writing another book for this series, but I sincerely hope she does! This story does so well picking up where she left off in the first story. I adore the storyline in this book so much. I admit, there were some pieces of the puzzle I guessed right all along, but the way she handled it gave a twist that made me excited and nervous. This book has fewer pages than "Altered" but don't let that fool you. It packs a punch (no pun intended) that will have you waiting for book three.

    I really hope they make movies from these books.

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  • Posted January 7, 2014

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Erased by Je

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***




    Erased by Jennifer Rush
    Book Two of the Altered series
    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    Publication Date: January 7, 2014
    Rating: 4 stars
    Source: ARC borrowed from a friend




    Summary (from Goodreads):




    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.




    What I Liked:




    Oh, how I waited for you, Erased. It's been a very long time since I read Altered. I think it was the first book I read this year - it's fitting that Erased will be one of my last books read for 2013 (#167 of about 180 books projected). What an amazing series! One of the best things about these books is that while I really remember Altered (I re-read that book so many times), I jumped right into Erased, without having to re-read Altered.




    I'll freely admit that I loved the first book more than this book. Altered was SO AMAZING. It's definitely going on my top ten of 2013 at the end of the year. This book (Erased), to me, wasn't as awesome as its predecessor - but I'm not saying it was awful or anything. This book is fabulous! An awesome sequel to one of my favorite series. And a thriller, at that! I don't read too many thrillers, unfortunately. 




    A few months have passed, between book one and book two (I believe it is two months... I hope I'm not completely off). Anna is now struggling with flashbacks, just like Nick and Sam had been. She remembers bits and pieces of her old life, with her sister, and sometimes the boys. But her flashbacks are often painful... indicating that something terrible happened in her past, something that the Altered program really did not want her to remember. 




    The plot of this book follows Anna and her flashbacks. Two people from Anna's past reenter her life, and one key person from the program shows up as well. Things are not as they seem, with the program, the flashbacks, the people from Anna's past. Trust no one seems to be the general mantra...




    I feel like not as much happened in this book, like in Altered. However, the plot was very interesting, and I felt engaged in the story. I wanted to know what Anna was remembering. I wanted to know what was up with the Altered program. I wanted to know more about Nick. It's kind of awesome how Rush is making Nick more and more of a primary character in this series - and I believe the third book in this series is in Nick point-of-view. I'm not one hundred percent sure though. 




    The romance in this book is present, but not as much as it was in book one. Book one didn't have much romance in it either - meaning, Rush didn't make it the forefront of the novel. I like this though. But in this novel, the romance is present even less. There is a distance between Sam and Anna, but we know why, as the story goes on. I liked the romance in this book, but there aren't many swoony scenes in this book.




    Overall, I really enjoyed this book! It's definitely a great sequel - probably one of my favorites. I would make this one a priority, if you liked Altered. I LOVED Altered, and I'm glad I got the chance to read Erased. But hey - it is totally worth the wait!




    What I Did Not Like:




    I can't really pinpoint what exactly I did not like about this book. I think it's because this book is on the short side, and while a good amount of action happens, it feels like there wasn't much to it. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the story and the plot. But I feel like less happens in this book than in book one. 




    Also, Dani. Shaking my head right now. You are silly, Anna. 




    Would I Recommend It:




    DEFINITELY! I loved Altered, and I think Rush does book one justice with Erased. Book one was better in my opinion, but book two is so great. If you read and liked/loved book one, and then you will definitely enjoy book two. And then you'll be joining me in begging for book three. Yes - begging!




    Rating:




    4.5 stars -> rounded down to 4 stars. A really great sequel to this series! I cannot wait to read the third book.

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