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Now headed to the warmer weather of India to meet up with her aunt and hopefully get a new eye, Ionia only wants to figure out how to get along better with her mom, sort out her feelings for Den, and hopefully have some time to chill out.
But that won’t happen. Fraught with danger from the start, India seems to be anything but a safe haven for Ionia and Den. Filled with anti-droid politics and violent droid battles, Ionia finds herself trying to protect Den while at the same time, realizing that he may need time away from her to figure out who he really is.
Filled with action and adventure and even quirky humor, it’s science fiction but with the emotional twists and self-discovery that turn this sci-fi novel into a more than just a beach read. Timely for our culture, it explores what it feels like to be targeted for being different, and gives us a look deeper into the hearts of those who are.
It was fun for me to have Ionia and Den back in this well-written sequel. I can’t wait for the third installment!
I really loved that after the events of the first book, Ionia and her mom have come to a place of mutual respect, even if they still really don’t get each other. Ionia now trusts that her mother isn’t an evil monster out to ruin her life, while her mom is trying to give Ionia the benefit of the doubt and make some of her own decisions. Some. Because clearly there’s still a lot that her mother is holding back on, out of fear, out of love, perhaps out of shame. Their continued journey during this book is one of my favorite parts.
Vagabond Souls is fast-paced with a lot of action and robots, but still plenty of emotion and up and down relationships to give it heart and make you care. I appreciated the setting in a near-future version of our world that struggling with the implications of technology and how it affects who gets to be considered human. Ionia and Den (her companion robot) both have their own struggles on that front, together and separately. I can’t wait to read the next book to see how she grows and changes after the events of this book.
I enjoyed this as much a Frozen Hearts, if not more. I hope a third book in this series is in the works.
I found this one to be really exciting and I just couldn't put it down! It had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. It was intense and suspenseful, but still had a deep level of emotion to it.
I loved the connection to book 1. Pamela did a great job with reminding me of what happened and keeping the characters connected to those events. What I really loved, and felt emotionally invested in, was the fact that Ionia experienced PTSD from the events in book 1. I felt like that was rare to see that realistically portrayed and it made Ionia jump off the page for me.
Den also really stole my heart. More than he did in book 1. I loved how human Pamela made him. He had such an emotional arc, and I became more attached to him as the story went on! He changed and grew from book 1, and also learned things about himself, about being "human" and about Ionia.
The story touched on issues of trust, prejudice, freedom, and choice. As Ionia, her mother, and Den visited Aunt Sera in the NAR territory, Den was targeted and judged for being a droid. This unearthed a whole slew of problems within the territory that added danger to the story. Ionia and Den faced problems of their own, as well. Could Den really love Ionia on his own if he was programmed to serve and protect her?
These "human" situations and scenarios involving Den, and other droids and AI's, added such intrigue and excitement to the story. These droids, robots, artificial intelligence, etc., portrayed such emotion and struggle, and added a layer of depth that really made me think. I really enjoyed that about this book.
I felt like this one really spoke to me, and I enjoyed it so much more than book 1 because of that. I loved that this one stayed connected to book 1 but still changed and grew as far as the story line and character development was concerned. It was intense, exciting, and emotional. I'd definitely recommend picking up books 1 and 2 together, and I can't wait to read the next one!
Thank you to the author for providing me with this free copy in exchange for my honest review!