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"After a daring escape from the scientists who created her, Seraphina and Zen believe they are finally safe from the horrors of her past only to discover that new threats await them"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780374379902
Branch Call Number: YF BRODY-J
Characteristics: 402 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 12, 2015

In this novel, I love how the author turns around the odds--first, it was Zen trying to save Seraphina, but now, she needs to save him because of his defective transession gene. I love the sacrifice she makes at the end and think that overall, this book was a good continuation to the first book.

Because I didn't yet find the third book listed here, I will talk about it as well. The third book in this series is "Unchanged," and it begins when Sera gives herself to Diotech and ultimately sacrifices herself for Zen. This time, Diotech didn't make her forget her past, they made her remember it--with alterations to her memories (again). This time, she associates good with Diotech and evil with Zen and with her past.

To be honest, the major shift in narration left me stunned.
Everything the narrator was saying felt wrong. It was wrong... But I missed a piece of that rebellious mind and all the author gave us was some technologically-improved loyal, obedient walking doll, with the sole purpose of helping and protecting Diotech. In fact, I was both disgusted and understanding about her relationship with Kaelen (who I feel completed her flaw to feel any emotions towards others or should I say... stole her emotions of love from Zen?) The ending of the third book stunned me. That's one of the reasons I don't finish trilogies or multiple books in a series. It's because I'm afraid of what might come next. Something unexpected and cruel and agonizing that I might have just preferred to create the ending myself.

But I finish the book, on a twist. I liked the ending in some weird, bonding way. It made "Sera" more human, showed her imperfections, and just made her more relatable.

However, I didn't like how the author tried to use the words "flux" and "glitch" to convey swear words. I guess it just made the book feel so much more amateur--like she couldn't use swear words because kids were reading or it needs to be censored or whatnot. And I'm not saying this was meant to be narrated by Sera--I mean this was used in dialogue. Usually, I don't have a problem with this; I don't mind the use/non-use of swear words in a book. It's just that the cover-up of swearwords used was very noticeable in the third book and took a lot away from the tone.

Jul 13, 2014

can't wait for the third book. it was amazing...but it ended with a cliff hangar. if u r a person that likes fast-paced, action-packed, must reads, then this is perfect for u! :D

SupremeEli Jun 29, 2014

kept my attention the whole time... waiting..... book 3 please hurry up


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Jul 13, 2014

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