Sunday, 19 January 2014
Revelations by J.A. Souders
Goodreads Summary : Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.
But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home.
But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past.
But the decision may be out of their hands when Evie’s ever-elusive memories begin to collide with reality. People and images from her past appear in the most unlikely places, haunting her, provoking her…and making her seem not only strange but dangerous.
Evie and Gavin can’t wait around for her memories to return. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface to find help, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started…
My Rating : 3.5 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : Revelation, the second book in the series of Elysium Chronicles, gave in to what is known as ‘second book syndrome.’ After the intense conclusion of Renegade, my bubble of expectation for a thrilling sequel was deflated, instead I was given a story that lacks a solid plot and relevant background information of the ‘surface world’ on which Revelation is set.
Six weeks after Gavin and Evie escaped underwater utopia, Evie doesn't remember anything from her past and was having mental episodes and reoccurring flashbacks she fails to fathom. So Gavin, with help of his erstwhile friend Asher (whom I named the third wheel), sets out for a perilous journey to the nearby big city where he can provide Evie with a good doctor and required medical facilities.
Revelation was given split narration. We get to dig inside both of their heads. Evie, with all her trauma, was often ‘woe is me’. She wasn't exactly kick-ass, neither was she totally wussy. She was decent and likable. I felt for her. As the aftereffect of what happened during Renegade, and as result of the experiments that were once performed on her, her feelings throughout this book remained very confused towards herself and Gavin, and her memory was broken into fragments, causing her to experience vivid hallucinations. She couldn’t seem to explain her inner turmoil, which was shown in a very authentic way. Every episodes Evie endured was portrayed perfectly, she was feature both murderous (like she was before her memory got wiped away) and messed up at the same time. Good part, in the end she was back with a bang, so we can expect some butt-kicks from her in the third book.
Gavin was…well, unlike the previous book, his character seemed pretty two dimensional. Not to mention, how badly I missed my spunky, dashing Gavin from Renegade. His charm in the first installment made me fall head over heels for him. Here, other than worrying over Evie 24x7 and the occasional actions he pulled, he did nothing to impress me.
Asher, the new character we are introduced to, was portrayed well. With flair of a cavalry officer(he rode on horseback), Asher managed to woo me. His entry might deceive you in thinking of a triangle at first, but be assured, there is none.
And when we have our Mother ‘psychotic’ Hubbard, what else do we need. She alone made the story thousand times engaging than it was before her appearance.
The story itself progressed while unfurling Evie’s past. However, it started with an interesting beginning which set up my mood for an action adventure (it was an adventure though minus the action part), and after few pages it grew tedious, again near the end it picked up. Had the pacing been a little faster, it might have hooked me right away.
Overall, Revelation was a good read and recommended for readers who are the fan of Renegade. It does have another climatic ending that leaves us hanging till the next book.
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