Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Earthquake - YA Book Review

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Earthquake is the sequel to Aprilynne Pike's Earthbound. If you haven't read Earthbound, you might want to skip this review to avoid any unintentional spoilers. (Just an FYI.)

When we last left Earthbound goddess Tavia, she was running from an evil faction of Earthbounds and trying to get her eternal lover in this life, Logan, to remember all of his past lives so the two of them can resurge and have full access to their powers. And oh yeah, there's a virus killing off the entire planet.

So that's where we start in Earthquake, the sequel. As Tavia is trying to get Logan to remember who he really is, but instead just coming off as a stalker, the two of them are kidnapped by the Reduciata, the evil Earthbounds. And then they are kidnapped by the Curatoria, the lesser evil Earthbounds. Both groups want Tavia for similar reasons - they think she's the key to solving the virus problem - though the groups want to use Tavia in different ways. Problem is, no one, including Tavia, knows HOW she is the key.

There are some new characters in the book and old friends, and Tavia doesn't know who she can trust. And even though she's a goddess, there's a part of her that is still human, which makes following her heart very difficult. As she begins to discover her secret, she's even more confused about what it all means.

It had been a year since I read the first book in the series, and I really felt like Tavia while reading this sequel - things started coming back to me the more I read and I was remembering so much of the first book's plot! I did have some trouble understanding the whole virus/vaccine thing, and there were a few passages that I had to re-read. But I think I ended up with the gist of it.

The book is recommended for ages 12 and up, and there is some graphic medical speak. If you were a fan of Earthbound, then you'll definitely want to continue reading to find out what happens next. Now I have to wait until the third book comes out to find out how it all ends!!

Earthquake is published by Razorbill and hits book shelves TODAY. I received a free advance review copy in exchange for my honest review.

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