Series: Altered #2
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: January 7th 2014
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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 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.
If you read my review of Altered, you know how crazy, cuckoo, insane I was about that book. I told everyone and anyone that would listen that they needed to read it. Actually I told people that didn’t want to listen. So when I was offered to read Erased I was happy dancing all the way to my Kindle. But underneath that excitement there was a hint of worry. What if it didn’t live up to my high expectations of Altered? What if it was okay and I didn’t love it as much? Sophomore slump anyone? Well, let me tell you, I let out the biggest sigh of relief while reading Erased because it was utterly fantastic. It lived up to my very very high expectation and more because…I’m gonna say it…I thought it was maybe even better than Altered. Yup, I said it.
Erased picks up right where Altered left off. Anna, Sam, Nick and Cas have finally left the Branch and are keeping a low profile. Trying not to draw attention to themselves their world is crumbled when someone from Anna’s past resurfaces and memories are pulled forward and truths are starting to be revealed. Not knowing who to trust the 4 begin a journey that will not only change what they know, but who they are and they may just be getting one step closer to why their memories were Erased, and especially why Anna’s were.
I’m not sure if I can adequately tell you how much I loved this book. Everything that I thought I loved about Altered was just brought to a whole new level with Erased. The action was more impactful, the truths threw an unexpected punch, and Anna’s past really, 100%, truly came to light and changed things and how I as a reader thought about all of the characters. Anna’s story is really a huge part of everything and having the pieces put in place added some layers to the series as a whole. And Anna’s connection to Nick was really a part of the story that dragged me in.
Nick, oh Nick! As much as I loved your grumpy and bad boy ways in Altered, I was Team Sam as he had that brooding, quiet, charm things going. But in Erased I have jumped ship and now I want to know ALL. THINGS. NICK. From the start of Erased there was something that I saw between Anna and Nick that I wanted to know more about. Now that’s not to say there is or there isn’t something there, there was just something I personally saw. You’ll have to read and make your own conclusions on the matter. But truthfully I saw a new side to Nick in this book that left me swooning and dying for more of his story and maybe wanting to give him a small hug, okay, a HUGE hug. He has a huge part in this story and I feel like only the surface has been scratched and I now want more.
Basically Erased is a fast paced book with some great twists and turns and even better character development. It’s well written, it’s entertaining, and an excellent follow-up to a book I fell head over heels with upon reading. Rush delivered with her second book and that’s all I can say about that. I don’t want to give away any more than I may have already, but just trust me when I tell you to read, read, read this series.
My Review of Altered