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Product Details

  • Series: Incarnate Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (January 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062060783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062060785
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #390,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 8 Up-This novel picks up right where Incarnate (HarperCollins, 2012) leaves off. The citizens of Heart are still reeling from the terror of Templedark, and Ana's future in the community is uncertain to say the least. She is living with Sam, and they are learning to harmonize both in their lives and in their music. Ana's flute playing seems to have an effect on more than just Sam; a frightening and dangerous sylph seems to be drawn to and hypnotized by it. Once again, the innovation in the world-building is impressive; Meadows has sustained the mythology of Heart and delves deeper into the questions of human existence, foundations of worship, and the dangers of groupthink. It sounds like more than one would expect from a dystopian/othernormal romance, but it's a perfect match to its predecessor. While not a stand-alone novel, Asunder is definitely more meaty than many follow-up books. Teens looking for more than surface-level romances will appreciate it.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From the Back Cover

Darksouls
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.

Shadows
Many are afraid of Ana's presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes. 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.

Love
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 the second book of Jodi Meadows's Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. asunder explores the beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Customer Reviews

Can't wait for the next one, hope there will be a next one!!!
Melisa Gardner Dudzinski
I was a little bit nervous going into Asunder because I had some issues with Incarnate, but I ended up liking Asunder even more than the first book!
Ashley Evans
Ana is still struggling to fit in Heart, to fall in love, and to be accepted.
Jon (Scott Reads It!)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) on February 3, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

If you read my blog and my reviews, you may recall that my issue with the first book, Incarnate (though I really did love it), was the pacing. The beginning was too slow, and the end was a jumble, while the middle was absolutely terrific. Asunder has none of those issues. As I predicted, Meadows has only ripened her craft and improved with time.

Asunder by Jodi Meadows continues where Incarnate has left off. Ana, the NewSoul, is still an outsider in Heart. Havoc and destruction have come down on the city, and because of this, soon Ana will not be the only NewSoul. There will be more born. Ana makes it her mission to prevent NewSouls from having the same awful childhood that she had. Along with Sam, the OldSoul who loves her, and a few other close friends, Ana learns more about herself and what she truly believes in.

The pacing was terrific. It starts off strong and ends even stronger. This book definitely does not suffer from middle book syndrome. If you loved Sam in the first book (I did!), you'll love him even more in the second. At first, I was worried he would be portrayed as too perfect, but then he would do something silly, and I would be relieved. I love all the descriptions of music and how this plays such an important role in their relationship. The plot kept me interested the whole way through, and secrets are revealed at the right time and place. We get to see more character development of some side characters, which I enjoyed. And we get to learn more about sylph and the mysteries of the Temple. Now, I'm dying for the finale.

Overall, an amazing followup to Incarnate, a complete novel in its own right, with beautifully written prose and terrific characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the last book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Step Into Fiction on January 31, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with Incarnate. I wasn't sure what to expect from that book and I got sucked in. I just remember some of the things I was tweeting to the author, Jodi Meadows, who I didn't even know at the time, while reading the book. That's the first time I've ever tweeted an author while reading their book, with my reactions to things, it was entertaining. Especially a specific part of the book... Now, going in to Asunder, I knew this world, these characters and I couldn't wait to get more. I am satisfied. I am happy. I am sad.

The beginning of Asunder is the people of Heart trying to move on and cope from Templedark, where they lost many of their friends of 5,000 years. Not easy to do. If you've lost someone, you know how hard that can be but we didn't have the pleasure of knowing that person for nearly as long as these people have. Dealing with this kind of permanent loss is impossible. However, they have to deal because no matter what, they won't be getting those souls back. It's a very sad time but also an awkward time for Ana because a lot of these people blame her when it was never her fault. But when in doubt, blame the Newsoul/nosoul, right?

This book is filled with love, pain, betrayal, sacrifice, violence and healing all mixed in to one. Ana goes through a lot of hardship in this book, more than the first book, I think. What makes it worse is she's made plenty of friendships and now she has so much to lose whereas she only had things to gain in Incarnate. The birth of a Newsoul is almost enough to cause a riot in the birthing room and if it's a sign of things to come, it's going to be a dangerous path for all newsouls.

One person that Ana can always count on is Sam. He's never judged her for being a Newsoul even from the very first time he met her.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook on May 13, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There was no way I could love this book as much as I loved Incarnate. I just had to accept that fact before I cracked the spine. The second books in series' have a hard time measuring up as a rule. There was also no way that anything could replicate the absolute gush of emotions that Incarnate stirred up in me. With that in mind, I was ready to accept Asunder as it came. Honestly, it came pretty darn close to Incarnate.

The shining light in these books is Ana, and that stayed true for the entirety of Asunder. In a world of books where I can tell the main character is the imagination of the author, I always feel like she is a real person. She isn't perfect, and she is always growing. I am constantly amazed that Meadows can show just how young she is compared to all the other souls in Heart, yet it never seems like a bad thing. Every other time authors have tried to make young adult characters act young, they tend to end up whiny and annoying. Ana's inexperience and ignorance keeps her real, and can sometimes be a strength. Her relationship with Sam sometimes verges on being clichéd true love, but every time Meadows reins it in and reminds us of the age gap or another obstacle that they have to work through.

Sam, on the other hand, I'm a little bit frustrated with, though I can't tell if that's the reaction I'm supposed to have or not. I say that because he's obviously frustrated with himself, and what he wants from his and Ana's relationship and what the societal conventions are telling him. Hopefully, his choice at the end of the book is going to clear this up. What choice you ask? Don't be ridiculous, that's a spoiler.

The plot of this book was overall really amazing.
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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a cat, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut.

Visit her website: www.jodimeadows.com

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