I was almost nervous to read Asunder. I had tons of expectations going into the book, especially because I seriously ADORED Incarnate. So yeah, there was a LOT of pressure.
Book Review: Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Title & Author: Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Genre: YA – Fantasy, Futuristic
Release Date: January 29, 2012
Series: Newsoul #2
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
How I Got the Book: ARC via Publisher
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.”
Back & In the Flesh
There’s something very serious about Incarnate and Asunder. I can’t pinpoint where it shows up the most, though. Anna’s very existence is a serious matter – she’s a Newsoul who replaced one of the million reincarnated souls in the city of Heart.
Because of that she’s rejected and scorned. That would make any book somber, but I think there’s something more too. Maybe it’s Meadows’ descriptions of people and places or the sheer weight of millions of lives reincarnated for over 5,000 years.
I had forgotten that when I first started Asunder. It really is not your typical young adult novel. But, that’s what I absolutely love about this book.
It’s different and original and unique. Incarnate set the bar so high, but Asunder did not disappoint me.
And finally in this book, Anna isn’t alone. Well, she always had Sam, but now more Newsouls are being born. After the attacks on newly pregnant mothers are set in motion, though, Anna realizes that there people are terrified of Newsouls and want to stop more souls like her form being born.
Never Gonna Give You Up
Another thing I loved about Asunder was Anna. In Incarnate she’s so timid and shy but with an edge of steel. In this sequel, you see more of Anna’s backbone and willpower. She’s so determined and strong.
And she needs that when dealing with Sam. Wow, what a roller coaster relationship. I won’t say too much…you’ll see.
The only other thing I’ll say about their relationship is that I liked that Meadows took it there. And by “there” I mean that she had Anna and Sam deal with the fact that physically they’re almost the same age, but mentally and emotionally, Sam is thousands of years older than Anna. Yeah, NBD, right?
Plus, there are surprises around every corner. If you’ve read Asunder already, were you shocked by anything or did you see it all coming?
What a fantastic sequel. It had everything I could hope for and didn’t spare readers on the painful or serious bits, which only makes the writing and the story that much stronger. If you haven’t read Incarnate or Asunder, make it your priority in 2013!