Months after his initial journey to Eden, Aiden is learning to cope with his own transformation. His social status has changed, his friendship with his best friend Ethan is in jeopardy because of it, and worst of all, he has heard absolutely nothing from his new friends in Eden. What has become of the world he fell in love with? Are his friends safe? Is the war over? With no answers, and no hope for contact, Aiden decides to focus on his life in his world.Weeks after Aiden was returned to his own world, Elisa is sent to Nysa, the revered Southern city, to retrieve the one thing she’d rather avoid – Wolf. Captain Turk instructed her to get in and get out - but that is easier said than done. When she finds her missing friend, she also stumbles upon a great deal of trouble. This trouble goes by one name – Markus, the leader of the Sun People.
Rating: 3.5/ 5 stars!
In many ways, this book didn't dissapoint. Actually, come to think about it, it was better than many sequels I've read. While it didn't up it's prequel, the writing quality and the caharcters were as interesting as they were the first time around. The story picks up six months after Eden. Aiden is back at our very mundane world. He is trying to cope with everything that has happened, and how it would be to lead a normal life. Back at Eden, the aftermass of the battle has left Elisa in the Capital while Logan and Wolf are enjoying their lifes at southern Eden. Things are not what they same. There's a reason Elisa is sent to south Eden, there's a reason Wolf and Logan are there, and there's a reason Aiden has been brought back to Eden. Only this time it's not the capital that greets him, but the Riders.
It was fun coming back to the characters I loved in the first book. Logan, Wolf and Elisa really shone this time around. There's aslo Callum, Brutus and Rose. You see, the great thing about this series is that there's alot of storylines going on, instead of focusing on just one. The weakest part however, was Aiden. I found that parts that included Aiden were hard to get through. They were at sometimes repetitive. To be honest, there wasn't much going on on Aiden's side of the story.
Which is what brings me to why this is a 3.5 star review instead of 4 or even 5. I felt that the general plot of the story was slowing down, and the focus was instead turned on the inter-relations between the characters. While it wasn't necessarily bad, it took away some points of the story. I don't know about other reader, but I wanted more action, more fighting, and war tactics. Instead, there was alot of conversations and arguments and so. Up untill then, I had no problem giving this book a 4 star rating, but then there was the ending.
The ending, I think, was why this book didn't surpass it's prequel. It felt somewhat rushed. There were things that didn't quite make sense. There should have been more explanation. Also, it wasn't as surprising as the first book.
Negativities aside, this is still an awesome book. The writing quality was amazing, and along the line there were a few plot twists that will leave you thinking. As with the first book, there are so much going on with different characters, that you can't just put the book down. Janelle is an author to look out for. There is much more to be said about this book, but it still continues to be one of my favourite books I've read this year.
All the review shenanigins aside, whilst reading this book I happened to magically have a playlist of songs that suited it very well. I thought I'd share it with you:
Thisles and Weeds- Mumford and Sons
After the Storm- Mumford and Sons
King and Lionheart- Of Men and Monsters
Lover of the Light- Mumford and Sons
Serial Killer- Lana del Rey
Dark Paradise- Lana del Rey
There is much more songs, but these are the ones on the top of my head. Don't forget to check out my blog for a huge giveaway of the Eden series on the 30th of March!