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SUSY Asylum (Lorne Family Vault) (Volume 2) Paperback – April 27, 2013
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Oliver is a great character through which to experience Mr. Pierce's world. When I say I compare the book to the stories shown in Inception and Poltergeist 3, it's merely because moving between planes of existence seems almost dreamlike in its quality. And the book comes to a resounding conclusion when Oliver finds himself trapped in the world on the other side of the mirror and a captive of his own reflection. The sinister reflection (who goes by Nero) wants to use Oliver's body as a means to live forever.
Susy Asylum is a worthy successor to Provex City, and those who like Inception will most likely find this particularly offering irresistible.
The book takes place a few weeks after the first book ended. Not too much time has passed and the characters are just getting back into the groove of things after the epic inter- dimensional travel from book one. Okay, maybe dimensional is the wrong world. Whatever- I'm still using it.
Anyway! After some crazy teenage drama, the characters return to Provex City. If you read the first book, we only got a taste of the alternate... dimension. *sigh* world, dimension, WHATEVER. Anyway, we only got a small taste of it. This book is chock full of Provex City. (: A few of the nagging questions from book one are touched on, but there is still SO MUCH left to be answered. I don't know who all the bad guys are or who might be a good guy.
Susy Asylum still has the original paranormal, yet fantasy vibe we got from book one and all the characters from book one are back in semi- full force.
Some parts of the books had me worried. There was the small problem that a character I had sort of adored in book one began to grate on my nerves.. Don't worry, it's not Oliver. :D He's still great (well, yeah, for the most part). But I felt that after one slip up in book one, this character would reaffirm their awesomeness in my eyes. *sigh* I guess I will just have to see if they earn back my love in book 3.
The whole concept of this book had me freaking out a few times. I mean... an asylum? How cool/ terrifying is that? I kept picturing American Horror Story (which to be honest gave me nightmares. Aliens... *shudders* Getting back on topic) But man, there are some twists that you DO NOT see coming. *nods* So , Michael Pierce has managed to create an entertaining and well- thought out sequel to his Provex city filled with more action and creativity than its predecessor. But it still left me with so many freaking questions. O.O
And seriously? The ending? Come on, man. *glares* Why do you do this to me? WHY?
Rating: 3.9/5 :D
I think the blurb does an excellent job at describing what this book is about, so I won't bore you by just putting it into my own words.
The title caught my attention easily, and no, I'm not just saying that because it's the second book in the Lorne Family Vault series. I say that because it mentioned the word "asylum." That's a surefire way to get my attention because I love books that take place at an asylum. I think the title definitely suits the book as Oliver is trying to find out more info on SUSY Asylum.
I like this cover better than the first one. It has a more modern feel and makes it seem like an actual YA book instead of a children's book like the cover of Provex City did.
Michael Pierce does an excellent job of making the world in SUSY Asylum come to life. I was once again transported into the city of Provex City where the majority of this book takes place. Pierce's descriptions are fantastic and not once did I feel like the world building was even the slightest bit shaky.
Although the pacing wasn't as stimulating as the first book, it was definitely good enough to hold my attention. The first half of the book starts out a little slow but not slow enough where it becomes boring. However, the pacing really kicks up a gear in the second half of the book and doesn't slow down. In fact, I ended up staying up late to finish the last 40% of this book which is something I've hardly done for any ebook.
The plot was much more fascinating in the first book of the series, but SUSY Asylum's plot was fascinating as well. I found it interesting to see who Oliver and Desiree navigated Provex City without actually being from that plane. I also liked Desiree's idea of how Oliver could impersonate a Lorne to not have to pay for anything. It was also interesting to watch Oliver's idea take form when he had to try to rescue Desiree even though he had no idea where she might be. I will say that the end of the book leaves you with a few questions in order to get you to read the third book in the series (which I am so totally going to do), but I wouldn't say it's a major cliff hangar.
Pierce does an excellent job of still making his characters feel real. All of the characters from Provex City are in SUSY Asylum with the exception of TJ who is in it but only for memory's sake. Oliver still felt like he was a down to Earth guy even if I didn't agree with his decisions especially the one that put him in extreme danger. Desiree stopped being my favorite character in this book simply because she seemed a little bit selfish in this book. There's also a few new characters that are introduced such as Nero who I did like because of how friendly he was and Darius who I wanted to disappear simply because he was getting in the way of Desiree and Oliver becoming a couple.
Like the first book in the series, SUSY Asylum's dialogue flows smoothly and everyone speaks just like I'd imagine someone their age would. There are a couple of swear words, but nothing too bad.
Overall, SUSY Asylum is an interesting book even if it isn't as good as its predecessor. The characters are down to Earth, the plot is interesting, and it's just well written in general.
I'd recommend this book to those aged 14+ who would love to get stuck in a fascinating series and have read Provex City.
(I received a free ecopy of this book from the tour host in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review also appears on my blog).
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