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Asunder (Incarnate Trilogy) Hardcover – January 29, 2013
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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. 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 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.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing 2nd book! I love how stronger everyone is getting, especially the female lead. thank you for not making her annoying like some authors do to lead female characters when... Read morePublished 3 months ago by CHS
“Incarnate” by Jodi Meadows, the first book in the Newsoul trilogy, was one of the biggest surprises in YA fantasy for me last year. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Ellen
I liked the story, and Jodi Meadows is a talented writer, but book one was better. The characters do some silly things that left me scratching my head and I started to get bored... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Nina Storke
Asunder did not suffer from the rumoured "second book syndrome" or "sophomore slump"at all - that much I can guarantee. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
I loved this book! As soon as I finished, I had to go right to book three. I love the way Jodi Meadows writes. Easy read but hard to put down.Published 16 months ago by Jane Rose
I loved Incarnate so I was eager to read the next book, Asunder. But for some reason, every time I tried to read it I just didn't click with it. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Gaby
Holy mother of books! I enjoyed reading Incarnate but Asunder took my breath away! Way back to Incarnate, we met our heroin, Ana and her hero, Sam. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book has EVERYTHING. Want a great fantasy tale or an action-packed dragon-fighting story? How about a magical romance full of suspense and drama? Read morePublished 18 months ago by DystopiaGirl