Erased by Jennifer Rush
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Hachette Book Group Canada
Publisher: Little, Brown BFYR
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Sci-fi, Action, Mystery, Romance
I read this book in a rush.
(See what I did there?)
Not because I didn’t enjoy it and wanted to get done with it. On the contrary, I found it pretty unstoppable. I remember going to bed at 3 am last night because I simply needed to read the first ten chapters at least. (Though I did start reading it late, oops.)
What makes it better than the first book? Well now we’re acquainted with the characters, so we know what to expect from them (or so we think…). What I like with this series is that there isn’t a HUGE set of characters, but the ones that are indeed present have a distinct personality, way of moving in the world as well as role in the story.
I’m not going to lie, some are in fact stereotype characters, so if you’re looking for uniqueness, you might not find it here. But if you’re looking for an almost tangible atmosphere of urgency, secrecy and danger, I recommend it quite automatically.
It’s just so easy to read—so accessible. The author doesn’t slow the action down with lots of description and she doesn’t overextend the emotional scenes. I would say that there is more atmosphere and emotion than actual content, though. The information that is introduced is minimal and the world building limited.
But again, it’s a book you’ll read quickly and really enjoy yourself while doing so. Sometimes that’s all you need.
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