Review: Altered (Crewel World, #2) by Gennifer Albin
I received this book for free from the mentioned source in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book nor the content of my review.
Altered by Gennifer Albin
Published by: Farrar Straus and Giroux on October 29, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction, YA
Source: ARC From Publisher
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About the Book:
Life. Possibility. Choice.
All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.
But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.
In this thrilling sequel to Crewel, Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.
Crewel was one of my top reads of 2012 and left me panting desperately for the second book, Altered. With my expectations so high, and after meeting this wonderful author at a Fierce Reads event earlier this year, I pleaded with the book gods that I hadn’t set myself up for failure. Thankfully, after an EPIC all-nighter, my prayers were answered. Altered, was everything I hoped it would be. Complete with magnetic characters, intricate world building, and unpredictable twists and turns, Altered is a magnificent second book in the Crewel World Trilogy.
Full steam ahead, the story begins where we left off in Crewel. Adelice, Erik and Jost are on a Post-Apocalyptic Earth, a place they’ve only heard about that was kept hidden from most of the people on Arras, lives shattered by the epic ending in Crewel. On Earth, nothing is black and white. Run by a man with his own agenda, Kincaid, Earth is a planet trying to rebuild itself after Arras left it in ruin. It’s easy to see the vast differences between the old-world court style of Arras and the futuristic setting on Earth. While I loved Arras, the world in the sky controlled by the Guild, I also felt draw to the Sunrunners and the zombie-like “Remnants” on Earth. Most of this has to do with the science presented in these novels. While the gifts of the Spinsters who can manipulate the strands of life are borderline magical, I was surprised to learn all the science behind their abilities. I believe Albin does an excellent job introducing the science portion while making it feel believable, real, and somehow still otherworldly.
Everything unexpected that could happen in Adelice’s world does happen in Altered. Without giving too much away, our main character is bombarded with one revelation after another. Of course, you can’t have new revelations without introducing new characters. I really enjoyed the protective nature of Dante who turns out to be a major catalyst for everything that’s happened in Adelice’s life. Jax and Falcon are other interesting characters you’ll meet, along with a few from Arras you thought you’d never see again. With a vast array of people popping in and out of the story, never once did I feel their presence to be intrusive or storyline hard to follow.
Lastly, the romance from Crewel is still present though slightly altered (haha see what I did there?). This time around, the love triangle between Erik, Jost and Adelice has bloomed. I really adored the romance between Jost and Ad in book one, however, the more I got to know Erik and his past in book two, I felt myself shipping an Erik/Adelice relationship. Both boys are swoon worthy and each have the pains of their past to overcome. However, neither makes it easy for Ad to make a decision. And sometimes, even when you try to do the right thing, your heart will occasionally lead you in an unexpected direction.
Overall, Altered is a phenomenal follow up to Crewel. With tons of action and feels, I couldn’t have asked for a better second book. I’m eagerly anticipating book three and I hope, after all the conspiracies, risks, drama, angst, and revelations, Adelice will soon get her happy ending.