Erased (Altered #2)
By Jennifer Rush
Publication date: Jan. 7, 2014
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 288 pages
They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she’s learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam’s rules: Don’t draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna’s childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth — before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last page is turned.
— Goodreads.com description
Ooh, I like this series. Okay, so granted it’s a little emo (which I called out in my review of Altered), but it’s totally legit and tolerable emo and the action-packed plot makes up for it.
I read Altered at the beginning of the year, so my memory of the story was pretty hazy. Jennifer Rush does an excellent job of bringing the reader up to speed and then moving things along quickly.
The best part of this sequel, for me, was how quickly my trust and allegiances as a reader changed. Is what we thought about each of the characters true? Who can Anna trust? Loooooove that feeling of not knowing where things are going to go.
Fans of the first book will enjoy this one, and if you haven’t read the first yet, definitely give it a go. Truly, overlook the cover (which I think is super cheeseball) — it’s a really great government conspiracy/sci-fi read.