- Series: Altered (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780316197069
- ISBN-13: 978-0316197069
- ASIN: 0316197068
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,246,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jennifer Rush began telling lies at the age of five and was immediately hooked. Fiction was far better than reality, and she spent most of her teens writing (about vampires, naturally). She currently lives in Michigan with her husband and two children and enjoys eating ice cream in her spare time.
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In order for Nick to grow in this story he moves away from his "family" of friends and goes on his own to try and discover a girl he rescued from the Branch six years earlier. That girl is Elizabeth, and her first person narration alternates with Nick's throughout the story. Elizabeth is also unsure of who she is. Although her memories, unlike Nick's, remained largely intact, her understanding of exactly what was going on as she was held captive by the Branch is flawed. Things begin to sloooooooowly become clearer once Nick arrives and gets to know her a little.
My thoughts on the story:
One of the things that I really loved about the first books in this series is the action and intrigue that surrounded Anna, Sam, Nick, Cas, and Trev. It was never truly clear what was going on, who to trust, and where the next danger was. That always kept me on my toes as a reader, driving me to continue reading all day, but never allowing me to feel comfortable with the situations in the book. I always felt like something was getting ready to fall apart around the next corner. That was exciting, and I LOVED reading these stories. Sure, there was a good dose of romantic potential between Anna and Sam, but that did not really dominate the story. The story was about the evil Branch and these five (and sometimes four) kids' attempts to thwart it.
This story moves away from the sense of danger and unrest that dominated the last books. Sure, it is there, but it doesn't really start to get unsettling until the last third of the book. The first two-thirds reads more like the beginning stages of a romance. The relationship between Elizabeth and Nick dominates the story. That is not to say that these two immediately become a couple or even that they spend every chapter pining for each other. It is just that everything seems almost too calm and too routine. I think this would have been a five star read for me if there was more of a sense of unease in the first two thirds of the story.
I loved the character of Nick. He is just as irritable as always, and throughout the story he doesn't completely lose his edge. But it was nice to see the beginning of his realization that he was not all anger and assassin. He had a heart, and he could choose to follow it occasionally. I almost wish that less time had been spent in Elizabeth's head and more time spent in Nick's. He was definitely the most interesting character of this story.
Elizabeth made an okay heroine for this story, but she was a bit too weak in comparison to other characters of the series. I think that in time she could grow stronger, but in this story she didn't have the grit to match Nick's edginess. She made for an excellent person for Nick to showcase his softer side, but that was about it. I think that there were some freaky things about her past that would have been really interesting to dissect, but those weren't revealed until the book was almost over, and no time was spent on Elizabeth processing through the new revelations about the people she had loved for so long.
Once again, Jennifer Rush, has created excellent secondary characters. The best, by far, was Chloe. Chloe, we hardly knew you, and then you left!!! I want to know lots more about this girl. Lots more. Anna, Sam, and Cas make some appearances in this story, but my favorite of the group to return to the forefront was Trev. I have always loved this character, and I have always felt like he would redeem himself from his deception in the earlier books. His presence in this book was wonderful, especially as he interacted with Nick. I wanted to see more from him.
Is this series over? I thought that it was, but events at the end of the story make it appear as if there is still more story to tell. We shall see. For now, I am satisfied with this latest entry in the Altered universe. It didn't quite match the first two books in the series, but it was still an enjoyable and action packed addition. Four stars!