by Tonya Kuper


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Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren't fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly Hoth's Echo Base. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

The Schrodinger’s Consortium series is best enjoyed in order.

Reading Order:

Book #1 Anomaly

Book #2 Enigma

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633750050
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 07/03/2017
Series: Schrodinger's Consortium Series , #2
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 562,427
Product dimensions: 5.52(w) x 8.11(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tonya Kuper is the promotions manager at the Seymour Agency, as well as a frequent contributor to the blogs YA Stands and All the Write Notes. Anomaly is her debut novel. Visit her online at http://tonyakuper.blogspot.com/.

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By Tonya Kuper, Kate Brauning

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2017 Tonya Kuper
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-005-0



Three days ago, I killed someone. Every time I close my eyes, I see his body convulse as the bolt of lightning I Pushed struck his body. I still see Santos's face contorted in pain before he sinks under the surface of the water.

I opened my eyes after brushing my hair and swept my toiletries off the faux-marble counter into my backpack. Stepping out of the bathroom, I scanned the rest of the room for my belongings. My blue bra lay on the floor where I'd dropped it the night before, next to the paisley bedding. It had been beyond embarrassing shimmying that thing off under my shirt when I was right next to my hottie bedmate.

I plopped my backpack on the bed and grabbed my bra. It was still dangling from my hand when the door leading to the parking lot swung open and Reid smiled at me from the threshold. Perfect. Of course he walked in at this exact moment.

My face flushed with heat. I scrambled to stuff my garment into my bag, but the clasp hooked on one of my bracelets. Trying to work the clasp off my bracelet took way more effort and time than it should have. The stupid thing was stuck. I peeked up to Reid to see if he was still looking at me. Wrinkles formed at the corners of his eyes as he coughed into his hand. He looked over his shoulder as he pretended to hack up a lung to camouflage a laugh.

My cheeks had to be as bright as a red shirt from Star Trek, like the red of imminent death.

Sharing the motel room with Reid, my trainer, was convenient and safer. But him being my kind-of-sort-of-boyfriend also meant I was hyperaware of personal stuff, like how much time I spent showering or Reid catching me staring at him constantly. I mean, we shared a bed and were definitely into each other, but he'd never seen my bra before — on or off.

He'd now witnessed me wrestle with my undergarment — and lose. Which was both slightly embarrassing as his trainee and absolutely mortifying as his kind-of-girlfriend.

Reid looked at me, his brows pulling up in sympathy. He crossed the tiny motel room in three strides and stopped beside me. His warm hand touched my wrist as he studied the clasp and he gently unhooked it from my bracelet. He caught my lacy bra before it fell to the bed.

Reid Wentworth was touching my bra, and my boobs weren't even in it. What were the odds of that?

He'd worked my bra better than I had. How had he gotten his bra-handling knowledge? The thought made me break into a full-body sweat.

Reid turned to face me. "I just turned in the room key. Cohen, my contact from the Hub, called while you were in the shower. The Hub gave us the green light to a safe house outside Flagstaff. We gotta pack ASAP and get on the road. They want us there before nightfall."

I sat on the bed. "I'll be ready in three minutes. I think I'll miss this room, though." We'd only spent one night, but something about it felt more secure than our two previous stops.

My bra was still in his hands. I yanked it from him. "Thank you."

"I'll help you with your bra anytime. Just say the word." He winked.

I wanted to hide.

"Wait." He pulled his duffle to the bed. "You'll miss the mustiness of a seventies motel in need of a major facelift?" With the bra safely tucked away, I bent to lace up my boots. "I know, it's weird, but I like this place."

He walked into the bathroom and came out with his toiletries. "You like the wood paneling, the shaggy Muppet carpet, and an air conditioner that's louder than my bike?" I peeked toward the rattling air unit. Despite the jolting noise, the curtains floated gracefully above the machine like paisley ghosts.

The room seemed more hidden than the other places we'd stayed, nestled in the woods somewhere in New Mexico. We drove rural highways instead of interstates all the way from Florida to stay under the radar, but I still felt exposed, afraid someone would see us. Now the mountains and trees gave me a sense of coverage, of safety.

I tied up my other boot. "Yeah, it's old, but I like it."

Hiding, tucked away in a dark room, I could almost pretend I hadn't murdered another human being. Being around people reminded me I was dangerous, that I could be an incomprehensible monster. Maybe I was keeping others safe if I was hidden.

A loud, deep buzz sounded, drilling into the recent memory of gunfire and weapons, of people dying. My heart paused and I dropped to the floor, kneeling behind the bed.

Reid strode to the bedside table where his phone buzzed, but his wide eyes watched me, worry etched on his face.

Duh. Way to jump to conclusions. Chill out, Josie. I forced myself to stand.

The phone buzzed again, vibrating against the wood and reverberating in my bones. I blinked and jerked, an involuntary flinch.

It's just his phone. Get a grip.

But a buzz meant someone was contacting Reid, contacting us. Any communication was bad news at this point.

Reid stepped to me hesitantly, as if he were approaching a skittish stray dog. Understanding flashed across his face. "That will probably happen for a while. But it will get better." He touched my hand for a moment, but it was enough to remind me that we were safe. For now. I relaxed my posture as I exhaled.

At my side, he positioned the phone so we could both read the screen.

I stared at the contact information, a line of pound signs. The meaning of the symbols finally registered. The number was restricted and blocked. I read the first line of the message.

This is Meg.

My body was numb. I couldn't feel my fingers or toes. They didn't exist — or if they did, I couldn't control them. I reread the three words.

My mom. I wasn't sure I wanted to read on. Not just because I didn't want bad news, but I didn't want bad news that had anything to do with my family.

Reid bumped his shoulder to mine. "I didn't think we'd hear from your mother this soon after her last message." His voice was quiet.

It had been three days since I'd seen her face on her video message. Three days ago seemed like forever, yet it didn't.

The phone buzzed again, making me jump, waking my body from a fear-induced paralysis.

Eli and I are redirecting to the Hub. 3 Founders need to be present to make executive decisions for the entirety of the Resistance. If the need arises, I have to be present. We should be there tomorrow. The Council is unaware there is a mole within the Hub. Use caution.

Hearing from my family made my heart burst with sweet relief because it was confirmation they were still alive and well. But fear squashed the celebration, turning my blood to cement.

I needed a minute to think. I couldn't let my family go to the Hub with no way to protect themselves. I shoved the phone out of my line of sight, toward Reid. Instead of moving, he caught my hand and whisked me around to face him. "Josie, I know that look." He let my hand fall. "If I take you to the Hub instead of the safe house, not only will I be disobeying direct orders, but it could get both of us, and possibly others, killed. You'd be giving the mole what he wants — you."

He was right. The mole wanted me. And the best way to get to me was through what I cared about most. My family.

I took a step away from Reid, and the back of my legs hit the bed. I sank down onto the mattress.

My mouth opened, but I couldn't put two words together. My thoughts jumped from the mole, to my family, to the Consortium.

Reid stepped in front of me, his sober expression replaced with brows arched in concern. "Josie, I understand how you must be feeling — more than you know. But I'm supposed to keep you safe."

I shoved myself off the bed. My knees buckled immediately and I rocked onto my heels, falling back to the mattress. Frustration clamped down on my emotions and I was ready scream. I couldn't look at Reid, but I held a palm up as I stared at the phone still in his hand.

He gave me his phone, the text message already pulled up on the screen. Then he sat next to me, making the bed dip under his weight. I read the message again.

What were my choices? If I went to the Hub, the biggest community of the Resistance, I'd be trapping myself with someone who wanted me dead. If I went into hiding with Reid, I'd still be hunted by the Consortium, plus separated from my family. Neither option was a vacation.

The muscles in Reid's jaw flexed as his gaze traveled over my face. "I know your family means everything to you. Eli shouldn't have to be involved in this."

That was the part I couldn't take. I let my head drop into my hands, slumping between my knees. The smell of bleach from the linens was almost comforting.

I couldn't wrap my head around the fact that Eli, my nine-year-old brother — the only sibling I had left, one of the people I cared about most in this world — would be staying in the same compound as the mole, as the person who helped Santos try to kill me. Swallowing the ache in my throat and the sting in my sinuses, I willed away my tears.

"Josie." There was a desperation in Reid's voice.

I slowly sat upright and lifted my eyes to meet Reid's.

Reid looked toward the window. "The Consortium wants all Anomalies dead because we're too dangerous. Since you're on your way to being the most powerful Anomaly on the planet, you aren't just the target — you are the freaking bulls-eye."

I wasn't what mattered. Eli would be in danger. I was the only one who could protect him. I was the only one who could protect a lot of people.

My family seemed to be under attack. My older brother had died after allegedly being contacted by the Consortium, my dad was supposedly undercover at Science Industries in L.A., the Consortium's headquarters, assassins had attempted to kill me, and my mother had taken drastic measures to keep her family safe for years. Being two of the Founders of the Resistance, in direct opposition to Schrodinger's Consortium, my parents were automatically on a kill list. Us two older kids were, too. Eli wouldn't be exempted. Logically, I had every reason to fear for my little brother's life. The cute dude wouldn't even develop Oculi abilities for over seven years, but that wouldn't stop the Consortium from taking him out. Santos's infiltration and betrayal was proof that the Consortium saw my family as a threat and would take whatever steps needed to eliminate us.

Reid stood and crossed the small room to shut off the air unit. A whole new world of muted sounds came to life. A mourning dove cooed nearby, two housekeepers spoke in hushed tones outside as they pushed a cleaning cart on the cracked sidewalk, and a truck rumbled in the distance. There were spaces in the new quiet, spaces with virtually no sound but plenty of room for thought.

If it was important to the Consortium to destroy my family, we couldn't discount any action or effort when it came to them. Right now, plans involving my family were being changed. If they were at the Hub, it was reasonable to assume I would want to be with them. Someone could be using my mom and brother as decoys, as a way to me. My family was bait. Despite the tranquility of our little hiding place, fury simmered in my stomach.

I shoved off the bed again and stepped to Reid's side, making him look at me. His eyes fluttered shut. "I wish I could just take you away from all this." His dark lashes fanned upward as he opened his eyes. "But this is your decision."

His compassion for me meant more than I would be able to convey to him. If this were a normal life and we were normal people, his care for me would've been all I needed. But our world was anything but normal. My safety didn't matter, no matter how much he cared about me. My priority was keeping my family and others safe. If that put me in harm's way, so be it. "You and I are more powerful than the mole and we'll out number him. Statistics are in our favor. And he doesn't get to use my family as bait."

Reid shook his head and something flickered in his eyes. He tugged me against him, my chest colliding against his. My fingers dug into him, pulling him closer.

Terror trickled through my nervous system, seeping through every inch of me, infusing my body. "I need to go to the Hub," I whispered. It wasn't a want, it was a need. I needed to keep my family safe. And in doing that, I'd be facing my own mortality. But what scared me more was facing their mortality, Eli's mortality. I'd already lost one brother.

Standing in front of the lone motel room window, our bodies bathed in rays of morning sunshine, to anyone watching, we would have looked like we were glowing from within, like superheroes. But superheroes wouldn't let fear cripple them like this.

Reid let his forehead rest against mine and closed his eyes. "I don't like this idea for a lot of reasons. But I know that's selfish." Blue eyes stared into mine. A sadness masked his face that I didn't understand.

"Sorry," I whispered.

He pressed his lips into a tight line. "Let's go." He squeezed me then turned to finish packing.

"How are we going to identify the mole?" He zipped his duffle bag. "I have no idea, Josie."

I plucked my phone from the bedside table, the varnish of the dark wood worn along the edges. His Adam's apple bobbed as he swallowed. "You need to know something. We have to be different in the Hub." He shook his head. "We can't, uh," his voice scratched. "We can't do this in there."

"What?" I let my gaze drop to the ground.

"Josie." I couldn't look at him until I was sure the sting in my eyes had dissipated. "Josie, look at me."

That was my luck. My first boyfriend ever broke up with me on my birthday, then my long-time crush ended anything between us before we even had a chance. Two guys ditching me in under two weeks. That had to be some kind of record. For losers.

The shabby motel floor creaked under our feet as Reid dropped his bag, stepped in front of me. "We have to play by the rules in the Hub, and I'm someone who trains others to follow the rules. One of the rules? No trainer-trainee relationships. A romantic relationship between trainers and trainees clouds the trainer's judgment. So we can't do this." He motioned between us.

Understanding why didn't make the rejection any less painful.

Reid dipped his head, his dark hair falling forward, leaving an inch between our noses. "Make no mistake, I love what we have." The deep line between his brows reappeared. "But going into the Hub means putting the mission before us. And I'm all for it. We don't want anyone, including the mole, to know how we feel about each other. It could be used against us. Also, if the right people found out, there would be consequences. I would be stripped of my trainer privileges and thrown out of the Hub, and you would be thrown out, as well. At this point, we need to be in the Hub and take advantage of my position if we want to catch the mole and figure out what is going on. We can't be anything more than friends for now. No one will report us outside the Hub, but inside? In front of the Council? That's a different story. At least until the Council deems you no longer a trainee, which is unlikely — at least for a while. If we continue on to Flagstaff, we won't have to hide our relationship."

We'd have to give up what we'd just gained. I understood the rule, the trainer couldn't have his judgment compromised by getting involved with a trainee. This wasn't a typical teenage crush, though. What we had wasn't just a two-week whirlwind romance; this was a lifetime of growing together. I'd known him for as long as I could remember. He was my older brother's best friend.

I couldn't move. I'd lost my family, my friends, my home. I'd naively thought maybe I could have the one guy who understood what I'd lost and understood me.

A weird pressure bloomed in my chest, but I had to ignore it. I had to move and focus before tears fell and I became a puddle on the floor. Besides, we needed to get on the road.

My feet didn't want to budge, I didn't want to make this choice. But I had to. I backed away from Reid. "Come on." Stepping to the bed, I flung my backpack over my shoulder. "We have to catch a mole. Before he kills my family. Or me."

Reid snagged his duffle, his face drawn in worry, and opened the heavy door, squinting into the bright morning light. Neither of us spoke as we secured our bags and our helmets, and I climbed on the bike behind Reid. I forced myself to move as though nothing was different, touching Reid when I had to without reservation. But everything was different.

Reid turned the key, revved the throttle, and the engine roared to life under us. Turning his head over his shoulder, his pale irises met mine. "Last chance. Left to Flagstaff or right to the Hub?"

My chest felt restricted, like I was wearing what I imagined a corset would feel like, and I couldn't pull in a full breath. Left to be with Reid, but not my family. Right to protect my family, sacrificing a romantic relationship with Reid. The invisible corset wrenched tighter. "Right." I gripped his waist, anticipating the turn.


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Enigma (Schrodinger's Consortium Series #2) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MorrisMorgan More than 1 year ago
After a long wait, it was nice to see what happened to Josie and Reid from “Anomaly.” Unfortunately, I feel a little let down by the resolution. We got to meet secondary characters that were important but not very developed, and the ending seemed very rushed. To be honest, it was confusing to me. In spite of this, I did enjoy it, but not as much as I hoped. There seems to be an opening in the ending for possible further adventures, and I think that opening holds promise for more character development and an easier to follow plot. If you read and liked “Anomaly,” be sure to pick up “Enigma!” This unbiased review is based upon a complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
Enigma is the second and final book in the Schrodinger's Consortium duology by Tonya Kuper. Now, in this book we can finally get down to the meat and potatoes of what's going on. We still don't know who's safe or who we can trust this time around. People may not be who they seem. That definitely makes things tricky. Josie impresses me so much. Not because she has all this power, but despite this power, she's still flawed. She doubts herself. She panics. She made me shake my head a time or two. She's human, and I love that she is so real. Well.. fictionally speaking anyway. Needless to say, she's a fantastic character. Honestly, I didn't think it could all be wrapped up in just two books, but it was. It may have happened a little quickly this time, but I like the end result all the same. The ARC of Enigma by Tonya Kuper was kindly provided to me by the publisher through NetGalley for review. The opinions are my own.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the opportunity to read and review Enigma by Tonya Kuper! Reid and Josie are undercover because they are being hunted by the Oculi headquarters. They want to reach the Hub, the Resistance, and find out who the mole is. They make it to the Hub and don't know who they can trust, as they keep working on Josie's training. The mystery of the mole is solved and the entire Hub is compromised. The mystery and suspense kept me riveted and Josie's anxiety was definitely warranted. The author discusses anxiety after the story ends and gives hotline information for readers who deal with their own anxiety or know someone who does. 5 stars for this fantastic sci-fi story with realistic, lovable characters and unique abilities!
krlga More than 1 year ago
**4.5 Out Of 5 Stars** Two weeks after the devastating events of book one, Josie and Reid have been on the move, trying to stay ahead of the mole in their organization that will take out everything they are trying to save. When Josie is given the option to stay with Reid and go to a safe house, or follow her family to the Resistance base where a mole is hiding, Josie has no choice. She decided to protect her family and bring the Consortium down, even if it costs her her life. This will be war and Josie will not back down. This book is the perfect blend of imagination, mystery and suspense. Keep in mid that this is not a standalone story, but instead a second book in a complicated, much bigger world. Tonya is able to create this amazing, fantastical world full of people who pretty much have super powers and for the most part anything is possible (at least where Josie is concerned). The magic used by the Anomaly's reminded me kind of the movie the Matrix, where the mind can alter every scenario, making everything more fluid and reality is questionable. This can be so much fun, but it can also be even more dangerous for our main characters. I stumbled upon this series when it first came out around January 2015 and I could not stop thinking about what I had read and how I NEEDED more (it went past a want and to a very serious need). I did not want the story to end since I wanted to continue the action, danger, magic and most importantly, the romance. Josie is such an awesome character, able to keep going and think of others when her own safety is on the line. Not to mention the fact that she just barely learned about her powers and the strange new world she was pushed into, yet she is rolling with the punches like a pro. She was determined, competent and related everything to something nerd-based, which makes her one of my favorite main characters (and look, the nerd saves the day and gets the love interest!). Reid was so cute and strong, willing to help Josie in any way, yet knowing she was capable on her own without his interference. He was the charmer too, but my absolute favorite line in the book was near the end of the story "...but I already had my eye on a treat. I like Nerds." See, swoon worthy, while being funny and true, which I think sums up Reid perfectly. Keep in mind that the romance was not the focus of the story, but I still loved the secret moments that Josie and Reid shared, how they complimented each other so well and I just wanted to wrap them in a smooshy hug, that's how much I liked them together. I enjoyed how the story kept me on my toes guessing, be it about what Josie can do next magically, or even suspect wise since nobody was off the table for potential guilt. I can't wait to see what else Tonya wants to write about, be it more in this series (which I am not sure will be more since this appeared to wrap up nicely but who knows) or something completely different. I was not let down by this story and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first book. This is the perfect series for fans of supernatural adventures, dangerous mysteries and a whole lot of fun nerdy references (which I forgot how much I loved them). I received this book in return for my honest review, but I also pre-ordered a copy to go with my book 1, which should tell you my appreciation for the series.
Danii_045 More than 1 year ago
Enigma is the second, and final instalment in the Schrodinger's Consortium series. Josie and Reid are escaping on a road trip. Reid's main priority is to keep Josie safe, but decisions need to be made to keep her family, and others of their kind safe too. They choose to try and catch the hole (The inside man). It's going to be dangerous, but it needs to be done. Just like book one, there is action, fantasy, romance, and a little sci-fi. Josie and Reid's relationship needs to be on the low down but is heating up quickly. Another interesting read, which concludes the story. I would recommend it for fans of sci-fi fantasy like The Tomorrow People, and Divergent. Enigma can be read as a standalone (It contains catch-up information) however, I would highly recommend you start with Anomaly. 4 stars out of 5. *I received this book in exchange for a fair review*
Jen-Star-CrossedBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Enigma was an entertaining conclusion to the Schrodinger's Consortium duology. It was fast paced, had an adorable romance, fun superpowers, and I couldn't help but like some of the new characters. I'm so glad I gave this duology a try, and I will definitely be picking up Tonya Kuper's future releases! Here are some of my thoughts on Enigma - ✮ A strong yet realistic heroine - It's been three days since Anomaly ended, and my heart was saddened to see how much Josie was suffering. She was struggling emotionally from the fight she was in, along with the fact that she took someone's life. Someone who she thought she trusted, and was even a friend. But I had faith that Josie would pull herself together. And till then, I loved watching how she trained. She was was beyond fierce and brave. Yet her fears were always there too. See, that's one of the many reasons I liked her. She was someone who was not only realistic, but easy to like! ✮ Book boyfriend material - Probably my favorite thing about this whole book was Reid. I know. I'm hopeless. I loved that his top priority was keeping Josie safe. I loved that he was her biggest champion. And I absolutely loved when he was authoritative to others. He was amazing when he took charge! You'll see what I mean when they arrive in the Hub. Reid was still sexy as ever, such a good guy, and someone I could easily obsess about. ✮ Unique abilities and powers - I know I said this in my first review, but I have to mention it again. The powers and abilities in this book, I've never read about them before. It was fascinating to learn about, and I loved that they were different. It made reading about their training fun. And I loved seeing how Josie's powers manifested! ✮ My only two wishes - I wish that some moments between Josie and Reid were expanded, because I'm greedy like that. Especially in the beginning when they were traveling around and staying in motel rooms. And had to share a bed. I wanted those good night moments. Whether they were sweet, awkward or even if it showed Josie waking up from her nightmares in the middle of the night. I couldn't have had enough of Josie and Reid time. And I also wish there was more expansion on the Consortium. I wanted to know why they were the way they were. How they could justify wanting to murder a group of people. So while I guessed how a few things would turn out, there were some twists and turns that were wonderful and surprising. I love when that happens! But but but, there was mention of a thing in the future *yes I'm being vague here haha*. So while it wrapped up nicely, it also left room for a future book or even a spin-off? Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part, but I'd love to read more about these characters. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to them just yet, so fingers crossed! *ARC kindly provided by Entangled Publishing via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
etoile1996 More than 1 year ago
in anomaly, josie's worldview changed entirely. she learned she had the ability to push and retract and affect the reality around her. she learned that when it came to fighting for her life, she could kill someone. she learned that she had greater reserves of strength that she could have ever imagined. and in enigma it's going to take all those reserves to battle the mole that is destroying the oculi world from within. it's not just josie and her family that are in danger, it's the entire oculi world. and the problem is that it's impossible to know who to trust, especially since oculi have the ability to shift heir appearance with a push of their thoughts. and if all that weren't problematic enough, she also has to hide her relationship with reid. especially given that trainers are not supposed to get involved with their trainees. except she has no one else she can really trust. and it's already hard enough to trust him. so staying away from him isn't really the answer. and given that leadership is understandably occupied with other matters, like figuring out the threats to their very existence, maybe they can keep their relationship under the radar. eventually everything will get blown up out into the open. who the mole is. what they've done. what the plan is. the truth about josie and reid. only some of those things are world changing. at the end of the day, all they want is the chance for some normal. even for people with extraordinary abilities, sometimes normal is all you need. **enigma will publish on july 3, 2017. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled teen) in exchange for my honest review.
onemused More than 1 year ago
“Enigma” is the second and last book in the Schrodinger’s Consortium series. I enjoyed the first mainly because it had a little bit of everything- sci-fi, adventure, romance, science… but this second one fell a little short to me. I was hoping there would be a third that could redeem the series, but this one appears as though it will be the last! Here, we start with Reid and Josie on a roadtrip. When they hear Josie’s mother and brother are heading to the Hub, they decide to go to protect them, as we learned in the first book that there is someone out to get them- and likely someone with a lot of power. When they get to the hub, it’s a series of fast/slow spurts of activity as we identify the traitors and save the day. The pace of the book felt a little off, like some small things were described a lot and then other important things were glossed over. I wonder if it’s because this series was originally slated to be a trilogy so there was just too much to fit comfortably in one book. Regardless, a lot of things I loved about the first book took a backseat in this book, and we get relatively little world development or understanding of the enemy. I found myself scratching my head a few times wondering why/what was happening. Reid and Josie have some weird hurdles in this book, with some teenage angst (not wanting people to find out about their relationship because it’s against the rules- while breaking a bunch of other rules without a problem- but NEEDING to be together) taking the front row to what should have been some much bigger issues- e.g. panic attacks, people trying to kill them, people drugging people, fears over losing their sanity, etc. (some really serious stuff in this book!). That being said, I enjoyed getting to some of the conclusions to the series we had been waiting for. I wish there was more explanation, as it all felt pretty superficial. We don’t really grow to understand the other side much in this book (even though they seem to get a lot of important people on their side) and there are some heavy betrayals that come without deeper reasoning. I really wish the book had gone a little slower and took more time to explain and build up what was going on. This whole world is so interesting, and I loved the combination of science/physics with action. I did read the book the whole way through, and so I am giving it 3 stars. Please note that I received an ARC from the publisher through netgalley. All opinions are my own.