Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2)

Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2)

by Samantha Durante

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It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044582736
Publisher: Samantha Durante
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Series: Stitch Trilogy , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 876,930
File size: 386 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Samantha lives in Westchester County, New York with three of the four loves of her life – her husband, son, and cat – and carries her fourth love, her stillborn daughter, in her heart. An avid reader herself, Samantha’s dream is to bring the same delight to readers that other authors have brought to her life. In addition to penning novels and writing candidly about grief, she is also a sometimes freelance writer/consultant – though more often than not these days she’s on full-time mom duty! A former software engineer, Samantha said goodbye to the corporate world in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and lifelong love of writing. Learn more at www.samanthadurante.com.

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Shudder (Stitch Trilogy, Book 2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
donniedarkogirl More than 1 year ago
*Caution: Possible spoilers if you haven't read the first book yet* After the epic ending of Stitch, Shudder picks up three days later, and the mystery behind Paragon and the people in charge begins to reveal itself. It's an action packed novel with so much going on - I felt like I couldn't read fast enough because I wanted to find out what was going on yet at the same time I wanted to savor each and every word.  Not only has Alessa and Isaac escaped the drama they were starring in, but they've also made it out of Paragon with the help of the rebels and are searching for a location to create a base for their cause - to overthrow the men pulling the strings behind the scenes of the seemingly idyllic Paragon. In this installment of the trilogy, we hear from those behind this entire charade of an egalitarian society. At least, I think it's a charade. What seems to be ideal on the outside has hidden horrors on the inside.  If that wasn't enough to get my heart racing, Alessa begins experiencing the memories and emotions of thousands of people from when the outbreak was at its pinnacle. This was bound to happen since you can't go messing around in someone's brain without consequences spreading beyond your original intention. The altering of Alessa's memories, also known as "stitching", has affected her beyond what was revealed in the first book. Though I didn't think of it at the time for some reason, I now realize there would have to be side effects of altering someone's memory. It's horrifying to think of that being done against your will, and even more horrifying when you aren't sure what memories are real and what memories are "fake." Memories are fragile enough as it is.  Yes, Shudder is action packed, even more so than Stitch. I am ready for Stuck, the third and final book of the trilogy!!                                                                                                                                                               ** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for the blog tour. **                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Mommasez More than 1 year ago
After reading Stitch, Book 1 in the Stitch Trilogy, I raved about the book and was super excited about reading Shudder. I HAD to find out what happened to Alessa, Clay, Janie, Lizzie, and the rest of the rebel gang. I. Was. Not. Disappointed!! If anything, Samantha's writing got even BETTER! What?! Yeah, you heard me! In THIS episode, Alessa and Clay have escaped from Paragon's new world and are scouting a base for the Rebels. They are also guinea pigs, testing out the atmosphere to see if the virus is still active. As they venture out into the world, Alessa begins picking up feelings from dead--and possibly--living people. She and Clay are also being hunted by wild creatures and protected by humans(?). Back in the Paragon world, Janie and Lizzie are missing. Samantha teases us with two girls, one stoned by an angry mob, the other in a prison cell. We don't know who is who. And it's deliciously mysterious!! Handsome Nikhil from Book 1 is in an adjoining jail cell next to one of the mystery girls. They communicate via a tiny crack in the floor/wall joint but she continuously asks him questions and refuses to answer most of his. Who is she? And who is Phoenix? The young woman stoned by the angry mob for a crime that she didn't commit. Now she has amnesia and the Paragon leaders are trying to brainwash her. Will it work? The end MAY answer all, lol.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
Kept me guessing, wondering, trying to figure it out. Did I enjoy this book: I did enjoy this book. I read it every free chance I had. In fact, at one point when I was reading while walking my youngest in her stroller around my neighborhood, I may have had my mouth hanging open in surprise. My neighbors probably think I’m nuts! (And not just for reading while walking…but for my visible reactions to what I am reading! There were quite a few of these during this book.) Shudder picks up pretty much where Stitch left off but with an exciting prologue that I was wrong as to who the leading character in that scene was. What a way to start a book! It grabbed me, that’s for sure. This book focused mainly on Alessa and Isaac and their search for a new location for the rebels’ headquarters. This search led them outside of Paragon’s walls and into the world decimated by the virus and nuclear war. What they found was interesting, scary, sad, and doable. They had a tough job. Sometimes Alessa and Isaac acted as if they had no cares in the world, that they weren’t outside the walls of Paragon being tracked by human-like animals trying to harm them. But most of the time they were vigilant. It was just odd that they kept switching back and forth. But I suppose that could happen to people in their situation. Alessa learns a lot about herself during this journey. Not only about her feelings for Joe and Isaac but also more about herself and what the stitch has done to her. Isaac is a wonderful guy and he loves Alessa, that is evident. Together, these two make a great team. You want to root for them. You want them to survive. You want them to find happiness in, and with, each other. Meanwhile, Nikhil – who, to be honest, I do not remember from Stitch – finds himself in solitary confinement in Paragon’s prison. But he finds a friend. That friend turned out to be who I was hoping it would be. (I’m not going to tell you, though. You have to read the book to find out.) To further add to your confusion and need to read this book, I was happy it didn’t go where I thought it was going to go but I was sad that it went where it did. How’s that for cryptic?! All-in-all, Shudder kept me guessing, wondering, and trying to figure out what was going on and what would happen next. It was a good read. I can’t wait to read the final installment. I definitely did not see some aspects (Isaac’s drama family) and I can’t wait to see where that takes us, the readers. Would I recommend it: I would recommend this book. Read Stitch first. Then, read this one. Will I read it again: I will not but I will definitely read the final installment in the Stitch Trilogy, Stuck. I can’t wait to see how this story ends!!!! May I know now, Samantha? Please. :-) (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
Aeranthae More than 1 year ago
After finishing Shudder, I'd definitely have to say that it was better than book 1 of the series, Stitch. The novel picks up right after Stitch with Alessa and Isaac, with new twists and turns, and even a couple new characters. Durante brings this dystopian world to life through her characters and world-building, keeping her strong writing style flowing from Stitch to Shudder. If you like action and adventure in a fast-paced story, you'll definitely like Shudder. To start, I loved the characters from Stitch and was happy to see them again in book 2. Alessa gains a lot more depth in Shudder and I thought she was one of the more interesting characters of the story. Isaac was likeable as well and the whole little romance element between those two was sweet. The two newest additions, Nikhil and Pheonix, also held their ground in the novel and stood out as much as Alessa and Isaac. This book is told from multiple viewpoints and while I usually steer clear of books like that (Finnikin of the Rock and A Game of Thrones being a few of the exceptions), Durante pulled it off well. While her characters had a similar style for their scenes (you couldn't always tell who was speaking based on the writing alone), I still found the viewpoints beneficial and interesting to read. We get to see into her world and learn a little more than in Stitch. Finally, some answers to some questions! The story itself is solid for a sequel. Shudder doesn't sit around and wait while you remember what happened in Stitch. It jumps right in with the plot while incorporating book 1 into the story. If you read Stitch and don't remember everything, don't worry, you will once you start reading Shudder. Durante sends you on a whirlwind of an adventure in a world that makes you think. That's what got me when I read Stitch, all the "what if's." It certainly makes for a thought-provoking read. If I had to make one note for improvement on the story, it would be that some of the dialogue and writing itself was a tad stilted but definitely not enough to keep me from flying through the book. Out of all the indie authors I've read, Durante is one of the best ones. Shudder delivered everything a sequel should and leaves you wanting more but without all the questions at the end. Durante's books are both strong enough on their own to make for a great reading experience while bringing you back to read the next book in the series. Shudder is great for fans of dystopians, fantasy, adventure, action....let's just say if you like to read, you'll like this book. Haven't read Stitch yet? Check out my review here, and make sure to go find Stitch and Shudder online at your favorite bookseller.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Shudder by Samantha Durante is a deeply touching and sensational story of discovery and freedom laden with heavy doubts and uncomfortable choices. I was swept away into this amazing world. I was taken in by its vivid detail and tangible emotions. My heart was stolen from the start. The tender and enduring love of Issac and Alessa combined with the dark intentions of a post-apocalyptic world propelled the story onto my top books of 2013 list and made me love it! Choices are a part of life. At times they are not easy or fun especially when they are hard ones, but no matter what circumstances we go through, we must have the courage and the wisdom to make the best decisions that we can. Once those decisions are made, we should walk away with confidence in our choices even if we walk away unsure and unsettled. Issac and Alessa are wonderful examples of trying to make the best decisions that they can based on the information that they have been given. They take what they know and what they have experienced and use it to make the best decision about which side they should join and where their loyalties should lie. Afterwards, they have to pick up the pieces of their life and do what they can to begin making things better. The ugly and dark world of Paragon has forever changed them and forced them to find a new normal. They begin to struggle to rebuild their life, but thankfully they have each other to lean on and to love through this time. Hope is born, and they do everything they can do nurture and protect it. Nothing is more important than feeding their new hope, cherishing each other, and planning for a future. Samantha Durante’s beautiful writing style has made me an enthusiastic fan. I very much enjoyed the heart and soul of her world. The pain combined with the passion is the perfect recipe for a compelling and moving story that is sure to touch hearts. I look forward to reading more of her stories!
SezjbSB More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 Stars. Shudder is the second book in the Stitch Trilogy by Samantha Durante, I was a part of the blog tour for the first book Stitch (find my review here), which I absolutely loved, so when I was asked to take part in the blog tour for Shudder I jumped at the chance. Set just three days after the finale of the first book and Alessa and Isaac are scouting for a new base for the Rebels to abide while they plan their attack on Paragon. Along the way it's anything but a smooth journey, having to contend with creatures that are out to kill them, Alessa suffering from debilitating thoughts and feelings of people before they died, that render her at times immobile, and also the chance that they could both contract the deadly virus that killed the vast majority of the worldwide population. Interspersed throughout we have a couple of separate storylines going on as well, a girl with amnesia given the name Phoenix in hospital visited by the members of the Ruling Class, explaining to her the history of how Paragon came to be, and their involvement and reasons for why they did the things the way they did, but do they have ulterior motives behind these visits? We also follow the story of a teenage boy and girl who are being held prisoner in the Paragon prison and their interaction with each other whilst jailed there. Of course just like the first book, Shudder has an ending that will have you desperate to get your hands on the next book Stuck. I look forward to continuing on with this series, and to see what else is in store for us readers.
ReadingwithABC More than 1 year ago
Wow!  I’m glad to report that Shudder did not suffer from the second book syndrome.  It had many twists and turns and many surprises that kept me at the edge of my seat for most of the book. Shudder starts where Stitch left off.  Isaac and Alessa are outside or Paragon looking for a rebel base.  They have a really hard time trudging through the ‘outside’.  They are afraid of the virus that took most of humanity, they are hungry, and to top it all they find some weird ‘creatures’ that are following them. I don’t want to spoil the book for you, so let me just say that it was quite the quest.  This time served to tried and strengthen Alessa and Isaac’s relationship.   I like Alessa and Isaac because they are strong, but flawed characters.  They are deeply in love and they are fiercely loyal to each other and to those they love.  Even if Isaac felt helpless at times to help Alessa with her newfound abilities, he still sticks with her and tries (typical of a man!) to find an explanation and cheers her on. One of the things I like the most is that we find out a lot more about the post-war, post-virus world.  We understand what happened to our characters and to humanity as a whole and why.  We get many answers (even if we don’t like them!), and still have many questions.   Stitch read like a paranormal contemporary (a ghost story) and then switched when we know what was really happening.  In contrast, Shudder’s story is told in the third person point of view, from different perspectives.  We have the distinct voices of Alessa, Isaac, Nikhil, Phoenix, and at a lesser degree 14.  Surprisingly, this adds a lot of depth to the story without making it confusing.  There seems lot be a traitor in their mist and I hope that she knows better.  The writing is good, and easy to understand.  To me, the best part of the series is the plot and world building.  It is a testament to Ms. Durante’s imagination that when came up with this dystopian world and all its evils.  I suspected some things and others had me fooled until the end.  Let me just tell you that Paragon is a bad place :) I can’t wait to read Stuck, coming out next year! About the cover:  I live the cover a lot.  It has the illusion of a ‘break’ with neurons behind and Alessa and Isaac’s hands reaching for each other. 
AlwaysYAatHeart1 More than 1 year ago
After reading and enjoying Stitch, I have been really looking forward to seeing where Samantha Durante and her creative imagination would take the characters and their story in the second installment of the trilogy, Shudder.  Shudder picks up shortly after Stitch leaves off.  Whereas Stitch started off in what seemed to be more of a contemporary setting with a paranormal element, then took me by surprise with the dystopian aspect and conspiracy behind everything that was going on, Shudder starts out in the dystopian setting.  Alessa and Isaac have escaped Paragon, and things didn't quite go as planned, but nonetheless they are determined to do what they set out to do.  They thought their main threat on the outside would be the harsh winter weather and the possibility of the virus still being active, but what they didn't expect was to be hunted by some strange, deadly, and blood thirsty creatures, nothing like they have ever seen or heard of before.  Unsure if it is a mutation of the virus or something even more frightening, their very lives hang in the balance as they push forward to find suitable shelter, regroup, and plan how to save their loved ones left behind.  When Alessa starts having strange visions and feelings that don't belong to her, and memories keep resurfacing of someone from her past that are confusing and frightening, she doesn't know what to make of it, and Isaac isn't sure how to help her.  Needless to say, these two never have a dull moment, that's for sure.  In spite of all the intense and frightening drama going on around them, Isaac and Alessa do have their romantic moments, which are pretty hot, and I loved seeing how much these two really did love and care for each other.  Samantha Durante has written those moments into the story at just the right times, adding that romantic element that is the icing on the cake, in my opinion, to a great story.  Durante has also cleverly incorporated the paranormal/psychic aspect in heavily, blending it into this post apocalyptic setting, even including a few surprises that have sort of a science fiction feel to it.  This may sound like a lot, but the author has woven it all together beautifully and written an action-packed, intense, and exiting story, with the romance that so many of us crave, and a plot with twists and turns that keeps you guessing and flipping the pages to see what happens next.  I really enjoyed Shudder, and the Stitch Trilogy is a great series that I definitely recommend.  I can't wait for the final installment, Stuck, to come out because I am so ready to read it now and see how the series concludes.  Check it out. 
Bex_n_Books More than 1 year ago
Reviewer: Bex Rating: 4 out of 5 fairies Shudder is a strong follow on from Stitch, a book that I thoroughly enjoyed. What I particular enjoyed and thought that the author managed extremely well was the multiple viewpoints that she built in with the narrative. Not only did this allow us extra insight into the characters, but also the varying points of views added lovely depth to the novel. Samantha Durante's craft has improved and developed since book one. On the whole, her writing is tighter and flows that much easier. There were still a few moments within the dialogue that I felt was a little awkward, yet others could easily disagree. I’m just a stickler and very particular with dialogue.  Yet again, there’s a fabulous twist that Durante mastered with skill and ease. This one wasn’t quite as much as a shocker as Stitch, but it still successfully made me do a double take just to be certain. Just the same as Stitch, Shudder left me ready and most definitely eager for the next, and final installment!  Disclosure: Ebook was received from the author in exchange for an HONEST and not necessarily possible review. 
Sanz71 More than 1 year ago
MY REVIEW I received a paperback copy of this book from the Author in exchange for my honest opinion. I think the cover fits brilliantly well with the cover of Bk#1. I like books from the same series to "match" or "compliment" each other well, and this series is doing that perfectly so far. Would I pick this book up in a store purely on the strengths of its cover? Yes! The first descriptive line about the book "It's only been three days, and already everything s different" is good way of telling us that when you pick this book up you are straight back into the action. Sure things have changed as Alessa and Isaac have left the supposed "safety" of Paragan and are searching the quite literal wilderness for a new base for the rebels to use as headquarters. So they need a place which is big enough to house everyone yet be a place that can be defended well too. Aleesa has started having "feelings" that are not her own, she kind of makes her own conclusion on them when Isaac is very ill with a fever and is possibly dying. Alessa touches his head and gets a flash, a vision he is "dreaming of " which shows them happy and together. It is then that Alessa comes to the conclusion that she is picking up emotions from places where people have died or people that are close to death. It is confirmed and given the correct name later in the book.  The other point of view that is telling us the story is a young girl whom the scientists/governors in Paragan have named Phoenix. The governors are telling Phoenix all about the way Paragan came to be formed, why the dramas were introduced as entertainment and also the drugs in the food to keep the population from becoming too restless. But are the governors etc telling Phoenix the truth? Even it is partially true why are they telling Phoenix? In fact who is Phoenix? Well "Phoenix" doesn't remember who she is so she doesn't truly know who or what to trust. The governors/leaders of Paragan are planning the destruction of the rebels and intend to use Phoenix to do it. I can't say anything else or it would give away who Phoenix is etc. Although Shudder has a complicated plot with many twists and turns, it is still simple enough to follow and a fantastic read/ It's quite fast paced in that there's either something actually happening or plans being laid and set in motion for the next thing to be played out. I really enjoyed Stitch and I was a little worried as sometimes in a Trilogy it's BK#2 that tends to suffer and not be very good. But this is so not the case with Shudder. I found Shudder an even more exciting and intriguing read than Stitch. So did I enjoy the book?  Yes!   Would I recommend the book? Yes! as it's a great series so far and it has such a great selection of genres within it I'd guess there would be something for every reader. Would I read another BK in this Series? Yes! I'd like to read it now!  Would I like to read other books by this Author? I would certainly check out any books by this Author.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'Shudder' is the second book in a young adult dystopian series. It continues to follow our heroine of the series, Alessa, as she fights against the brutal wasteland on the run from the government. On top of that - Alessa now has to deal with the unbearable visions that seem to be getting more insistent and powerful. The visions have Alessa feeling strange emotions and remembering things that don't seem possible - they are rocking Alessa to the core along with her resolve and her beliefs. Will Alessa be able to fight the government, put an end to the visions, and figure out what secrets the Engineers are hiding - before it's too late? This is a truly captivating second novel in an exciting and intriguing trilogy. It's just as addictive as the first book and definitely leaves the reader begging for more. The plot is very well written with a fast pace and effortless flow, which makes it almost impossible to put down. The characters - especially Alessa - continue to be well rounded and realistic, which makes it easy to identify with them throughout the book. The plot itself is fantastic - it blends together so many varying genres that it seems to defy being labeled. It continues to mix aspects of adventure, dystopian, science fiction, paranormal romance, action, and mystery. This is one of those books that will leave you thinking about it long after you've finished reading it. The story is full of twists and adventure and it kept me guessing, which is something that I love in a book. I also loved the way the concepts blended together - much like the first book in the trilogy - to create something unique and memorable. This is a fantastic second installment in what continues to be an exciting and addictive trilogy. I highly recommend it to fans of all genres - as it defies being labeled as just one. I will definitely be eagerly awaiting the final book in the series! Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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lovelysheild More than 1 year ago
Okay so this book will surely make you shudder (hehe) After reading book 2 I can't decide if it beat book one, though it was amazing. Alessa and Isaac are now free from being controlled, so to say. At least now their heads aren't being messed with and they know what is going on. They are going to try and stop the people from taking and controlling people. These people think that they are living normal lives, when actually they are being messed with and recorded at all times for TV.  Now free, Alessa and Isaac trying to survive out in the cold, while facing some issues. Alessa gets these "feelings" perhaps it's from having her memories messed it, but she doesn't know why this happens. While in the mean time Isaac is out looking for food. They each take turns, and try not to stay out long. As they make their trip, Alessa finds a big pile of bones and just knows that they need to run. While running, Isaac gets injured and they must take shelter for now. What was coming after them? Well they aren't sure, but have an idea as to what. What Alessa does know, is that she misses her sister a lot. Ah! This book is full of twists and turns, it makes the book addicting. The new adventures were filled with more danger and suspense, then they ever expected. In this book we also get to know Alessa and Isaac a lot better. Alessa is a very sweet girl. She is tired of everything going on, she just wants this all to be over and have a better place for the people around her. Isaac is such a loving guy. He really cares for Alessa and you can tell from the very start. You get to read from his POV. Even though its not much, you do learn a lot in those moments. He also misses his brother. Now I will end with saying you should all go and read this book! I am dying for the next book. The ending left me crazy! I can't read that and not have the next book in my hand. 
DeniceC More than 1 year ago
Thank you to Ms. Durante for providing an ecopy of this book… Cover: It’s alright… Alessa: She easily changes her mind… If she thinks that something is not worth it any more then she will stop fighting for it, even though she tried her best to fight for it previously… What I’m saying is that she’s easily swayed… Just present her some difficulties and there’s a high chance that she’s gonna waver from her goal… Then present her some proof and she’s gonna try her best to fulfill the goal… I really thought at the start that she’s the type of character that will fight until the end without hesitations, but she’s not… And then it was weird when she suddenly became ‘obsessed’ with Joe… One minute she’s head over heels with Isaac and the next she can’t stop thinking of Joe… But I guess she didn’t have a closure that’s why she felt those things… Anyways, I like her new ability… =) POVs: The story had more than one POV… It was not really many, just enough to let the reader know what’s happening to the other characters… And I say that it’s a very effective method… Story: Throughout the story I felt the characters’ emotions, especially when they were scared or they were fighting or running for their life… I felt that I was able to relate to them… The only problem (or maybe not a problem, just a frustration) is that sometimes things are very cryptic… I would really want to know more about a certain topic but it has to wait for Stuck… Overall, the novel, just like the first book, is spectacular… I can’t wait to read the ending… Cause things definitely became interesting by the end of Shudder… And the snippet of Stuck is of no help… It just made me more curious as to what will happen with it… And as for Alessa, I wonder what will she do with ‘it’ or shall we say ‘him’… Thank you!!! Happy Reading!!!
TeenBlurb More than 1 year ago
Shudder dives back into a world that has been left decimated by a virus. Alessa misses her sister, more than she can say, but she has Issac. Alessa is tried of running and fighting. It seems to be the only thing that she is doing, which when you have superhuman adversary that are out for your blood—literally—running and fighting seem to be the only things you can do. After the Stitch Alessa has been having visions. She is seeing plenty of things that she just does not understand, and most of them have to do with the Engineers. The fact that her visions show her a past love is coming between her an Issac, and that is the last thing that Alessa wants to happen. Issac is supportive of Alessa, even is he does not understand what is going on with her. He misses his brother and has a drive to fight for what little remains of his world. Together Alessa and Issac must figure out what her visions mean and what will happen next. Samantha Durante deliver’s a story that will have you guessing and trying to navigate around the twists and turns in the plot. This is the second installment in the Stich Trilogy and is does not disappoint. The world building is very realistic, which is actually pretty scary, and you can see yourself on the run with Alessa and Issac, fighting for your life tooth and nail. The characters are believable and you really invest a lot of emotion into them. When you feel the rift that spreads between Alessa and Issac it is like a physically blow! This is a must read that will have you counting down the days until Stuck comes out! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SheBookBlogs More than 1 year ago
This is a hard book for me to review since I do not want to give too much away. I think when the reader will go into this story with fresh eyes, they will enjoy the “ride.” You won’t expect certain twists and revaluations, so saying that, I will go through my typical questions. Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes. We learn so much more about the characters and the situation they are in. We see their strengths as well as their weaknesses. I don’t think the right word is weaknesses. We see how their whole situation is taking a toll on them. I loved certain scenes with Isaac and Alessa when they were just alone. They were my favorite. Pace of the story: Good. Moved at a faster pace than the first book, Stitch. Just when you think one thing is happening, something else happens. Love that in a story. At around 80%, I could not read fast enough. I had to know what was going to happen. Positives: A story about war, poverty, survival. What will our world be like 100 years from now? Sometimes, I thought “how far are we away from the realty of this really happening? This story made me think and I love when an author can do that. Negatives: Some of the wording felt awkward in the beginning. Do I recommend? A great series. A good sequel to Stitch. Bottom line: Surprised how much I liked this one. Suspenseful and…OMG…I need book #3 NOW!!!! Book Format Read: A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.