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The Rift (The Seventh) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 2, 2015
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From the Author
- The Seventh (Book 1) was released on January 23, 2015.
- The Rift (Book 2) was released on November 6, 2015.
- The Deluge (Book 3) has a projected release of end 2016.
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THE RIFT is more than just a sequel to the magical and often perilous world S.d. Wasley created in her debut novel, THE SEVENTH. It’s an expansion of the dangers and possibilities only hinted at in the previous book, as well as an often-moving exploration of the theme that the sum is greater than its parts. At Etherall Valley, we experience that through the eyes of seven friends who must learn it firsthand, even as they work to unravel the deep mysteries of their enemies—and of their own collective self.
Wasley does such a good job of reintroducing her characters and conflicts that it’s almost unnecessary to read THE SEVENTH before diving into this book, and yet there’s no sense of repetition or recap. Background and forward story momentum weave together seamlessly, welcoming new readers while welcoming back old ones. It is, however, a welcome fraught with unease …
The gifted class at Etherall Valley Prep has seen better days. Mimi’s old ghosts are gone, and her new one isn’t talking. Petty arguments threaten to fracture relationships within the only circle of friends she has ever known. Worse yet, there’s an unseen … interference, which creates a ripple effect that diminishes and corrupts the powers of the others—powers they will most assuredly need, as the threat of the Astorians converges upon them.
All of this happens against an intricately woven tapestry of character development that is the hallmark of Wasley’s writing. Those who populate her stories are as likely to infuriate the reader at some points as they are to make us stand up and cheer for them at others. That’s because, behind the curtain of shadows and magic, S.d. Wasley has an intuitive understanding of the human condition. She gets people right, and she seems to do it naturally and without effort. Nor does she suffer from the protagonist-at-the-center-of-everyone’s-universe syndrome. Secondary and sometimes even minor characters come to the fore and regularly contribute to the story’s action.
Plenty of surprises in Volume 2, as well—but in the interest of keeping them surprises, I’ll say no more.
Suffice it to say, even as the circle of friends we came to love in THE SEVENTH begins to crack, THE RIFT escorts the reader into an adventure of even grander scope and vision. There’s a darkness in there, too—a darkness that simply cannot be broken by any one hero, not even our Mimi. Those who follow her into that darkness may, in the end, emerge better for it—if, that is, they emerge at all.
If you enjoy a really well written young adult book filled with a paranormal science fiction feeling, then pick up both The Seventh and The Rift today.
After the harrowing events of The Seventh, Mimi thinks she’s finally got her life together. Having found her place at Etherall Valley Prep, Mimi is enjoying learning to control her gift of seeing ghosts, has a wonderful relationship with her boyfriend Drew and has embraced her role in the Gifted Program. Everything is going splendid; that is until the gifted teens see one of their own torn from their group, resulting in unexpected havoc affecting their gifts. With the rogue Astarions an ever present threat, Mimi and her friends must rally together and figure out how to save one of their own, or risk the consequences that are too horrible to even consider…..
Having read and enjoyed The Seventh, The Rift was a decent follow up in my eyes. S.D. Wasley is back with solid, descriptive writing and more mysteries to uncover. This series is shaping up nicely and I enjoy the way all the gifted teens support and complement each other. Wasley explores different conflicts and makes you question just who is the good guy and the bad guy at times.
Mimi is still a solid protagonist, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I had my issues with her in this novel. I’m going to chalk it all up to being a teenager and needing to make mistakes and grow, but I felt Mimi made the wrong choice at times during The Rift. I really liked the way S.D. Wasley explored and developed Mimi’s abilities though. Mimi discovers new aspects to what she sees, as well as two new ghosts Dot and Charlie who were oh, so cute!
Throughout The Rift, Mimi and her friends find themselves struggling with their gifts and who to trust as the rogue Astarions close in on the teens. Prophecies continue to point towards dangerous events, and our gifted characters find it hard to determine who can be trusted and who cannot. I must admit Wasley had me unsure myself—tossing up between two individuals whose motives were in question.
Keeping us on our toes and easily entertained, S.D. Wasley weaves natural teen angst, relationship drama and friendship together with magical elements and danger to create an enjoyable sequel! I'm looking forward to more.