Thursday, January 3, 2013

Level 2

Author: Lenore Appelhans
Goodreads Rating: 3.98
Pages: 288
Format: ARC from NYCC12
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost—family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian—a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life—comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

This is one book that I had been really looking forward too and I really loved it. I loved this totally new concept of the underworld being a place that you could connect into the net and relive your memories or those of other people on the net. When someone rents your memories, you get credits that you can use to get other peoples memories, and so the cycle continues.

I loved how that whole net worked, that it was something that I think YA readers will be able to relate to. I really liked Felicia, the only time she got on my nerves was when she would go on and on about how important Neil was to her. It may have been more helpful to understand the seriousness of their relationship at the beginning of the book, but I can also understand why that was revealed to us later.

One of the great techniques used in this book was being able to use the memories to look back on what happened in Felicia's life that made her feel that she was unworthy of Neil and his supreme-self. I also liked that we kinda got to know who Julian was gradually through the book. I wasn't sure how I really felt about him and the pending love triangle that might happen.

I did feel a little gyped at the end with the big confrontation scene, but I wont elaborate past that. There were a lot of interesting other characters that I'm hoping we learn more about in book two.

Side note: I was so bummed that I got caught in the rain with this book and it got totally destroyed. 

The Courts Decision:


1 comment:

  1. I've read a lot of mixed reviews on this one--it seems like readers either love it or hate it. Personally, I'd really like to read it and decide for myself. :) God, I would hate to be somewhere reliving memories all the time and mourning my losses! That sounds like hell to me, but I like the idea behind this--it sounds different and interesting to me. I'm glad you enjoyed it! :D



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