Friday, July 5, 2013

Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante

- Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy --

It's only been three days, and already everything is different.

Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.

And then there are the visions.

The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...

The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.

I loved the uniqueness of Stitch and was thrilled to get an early copy of Shudder, the second book in the trilogy.  Shudder picks up right where Stitch left off, with Alessa and Isaac trying to find a base to set up for the rebels.  Since she's been at the compound for years, she is unprepared for the vast wasteland of their world.  She's thrilled to be reconciled with her love, Isaac, but struggles with the loss of her sister, who stayed behind.

Shudder captures many points of view, which really created depth for the characters, which was slightly lacking in Stitch.  Although there isn't a huge twist, like in Stitch, Durante still keeps the bumps and hiccups coming and has created a very unique world that compelled me to keep reading.  I wasn't sure how everything was going to work out, and my expectancy was high.  

Of course, with the 'stitch' removed from Alessa's mind in Stitch, it has created some conflict for Shudder.  Memories or visions that she experiences that add even more suspense to the story-line, not to mention the very real threat of the virus that killed most of mankind before or the blood thirsty creatures consistently circling around them.  The action, suspense, compelling characters and deftly built world mesh together to create a stunning installment that has me waiting, somewhat impatiently, for the next one - Stuck!  I highly recommend this series, but you need to read Stitch before you pick up this one.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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