Erased (Altered Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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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.

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 ...
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Erased (Altered Series #2)

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Overview

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.

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?


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Editorial Reviews

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
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."
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

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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316251891
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/7/2014
  • Series: Altered Series, #2
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 23,067
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 932 KB

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2015

    Erase Meaness Club

    Go to rawmazing res 1 and type "Em join" and I will respond and let u know some stuff. Please tell me if u have been bullied or are being bullied and I will teach u how to revent and make ur life way easier- Kelly

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  • Posted January 31, 2014

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    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite Erased, by author

    Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

    Erased, by author Jennifer Rush, is the second book in this series and picks up where Altered left off. Anna, Sam, Nick, and Cass were on the run from the Branch. Their life had been altered, their memories wiped out and new memories created. The Branch used the males as assassins and Anna as their control. In this episode, the group discovers that Anna’s older sister Dani was alive. They have a decision to make: try to contact Dani or play it safe and run. They leave the decision up to Anna. She knows they would be no better than the Branch if they took the easy way out. Trevor had turned on them in the last book and was now with the Branch; however, Anna turns to him for help in finding Dani.

    Erased is a Young Adult book falling into multiple genres. I would classify it as thriller, suspense, mystery, sci fi, romance and intrigue. I fell in love with this series when I read the first book. I loved the characters then and find they have been further developed, making them more complex. It was interesting to watch the group dynamics as they shifted, changed, and interacted with each other. Erased is told from Anna’s point of view and was the easiest to connect with. Jennifer Rush added twists and turns throughout the book, taking the reader by surprise. I do recommend reading book 1 before reading Erased. The narrator/reader is Casey Holloway. Her voice has just the right inflection, expertly showing Anna’s emotions.

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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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