Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 29th, 2013
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Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
Following the same formula as Incarnate, Asunder took its sweet time meandering around the issues Ana was supposed to care about, without actually investigating any of those issues. With a lack of character development and a disappointing romance, Asunder’s saving grace was its second half where Ana finally started concerning herself with the things that mattered and the plot took off at a breakneck pace.
Asunder is, essentially, the same storyline from Incarnate: Ana sets out to uncover a great mystery and, instead, she becomes distracted by a minor side-plot which involves a lot of angst surrounding a certain romantic interest. Once the dust settles, Ana remembers the big mystery she was originally investigating and is surprised to find information in abundance, just waiting for her to stumble upon it. Had this formula worked for me the first time around, I might not have cared so much. Instead, I found myself so frustrated by Ana’s inattention to plot points (how do you expect me to not question why Ana ignored the sylph and Menehem’s research, after having devoted the entire opening to those same subjects?), her inability to pick up on the obvious, and her slightly obsessive focus on her status of newsoul, that I failed to sympathize with her. [Read more…]