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[REVIEW] Erased – Jennifer Rush

Jennifer Rush
Erased (Altered, Book 2)
Hachette Little, Brown (US: 7th January 2014; AU: 30th January 2014)
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I went into the first book (Altered) expecting science fiction, and instead got a thriller. It didn’t need a sequel, yet it has one (Erased). And having read that second novel, it doesn’t need a sequel, yet it has one (Reborn will be published in early-January 2015). And there’s a novella (Forged), but that hasn’t sold Australian rights, so I can’t buy and read it – which means I’m relying on YOU to tell me the spoilers.

We need to talk about this series’ covers. (The U.S. covers, I mean – non-English-language covers aren’t my concern.) Because the main male characters have been genetically altered, they’re aging slower, so I don’t actually know how old any of them are. But this is marketed as young adult, which likely means the characters are teenagers. And shirtless teenagers make me feel uncomfortable. No, I’m not attracted to them, but I’m afraid other, older-than-teenage readers might be, and that’s creepy. Please don’t perv on teenagers, y’all.

The good news is that the American covers have been altered (hee-hee…SHUT UP, TEZ; PUNS AREN’T FUNNY!) so there’s some colour pattern covering up the teenage man-titty. Except for Forged‘s cover, but that’s a novella, and thus may not strictly be part of the canon. But the full-length novel covers have censored the teenage man-titty, and I applaud the publisher (Little, Brown) for making this wise move.

And now onto Erased‘s story. It starts so slowly that I thought it wouldn’t be a thriller after all. (More like a suspense – building up to something, but nothing of note thus far.) So without plot, we’re stuck with character…and Anna is annoying. She slut-shames Nick (and don’t give me that faff about only women being slut-shamed – slut-shaming ANYONE is not okay!). She sees the only other female character as a love-rival. (Well, this other female used to date Anna’s boyfriend, but shouldn’t Anna be more concerned about her boyfriend, rather than just blaming the female for maybe wanting to get with her guy? He has freewill, and he chooses to follow the Compass of Wang.)

The more you think about thrillers, they make less sense. The law-breaking going on here is just appalling: The characters kill SO MANY PEOPLE. They SHOOT or knock them unconscious (even if they don’t die). They UNDRESS unconscious people. They trespass/break into people’s homes/cabins, and temporarily LIVE IN THEM. They steal SO MANY CARS. They have SO MANY WEAPONS (likely stolen), including LOTS OF GUNS. And that doesn’t include all the money they mysteriously have. Being on the run is expensive, y’all: groceries, prepaid phones, diner meals, coffees, and all the fuel for their FREQUENT, LONG CAR JOURNEYS. These characters don’t work, and thus don’t get paid, and yet never seem to be short on funds. Where are they getting all that cash?! Likely stolen, because these characters seem to lack ethics – they claim to feel guilty about killing people, but then go on to kill even more people.

So what non-spoiler things happen in Erased? People that were thought to be dead aren’t actually dead. Characters have flashbacks, and keep secrets from each other about what the flashbacks mean. We learn who created the Branch. There are sleeper agents with trigger phrases that are a lot shorter than, “Gosh, that Italian family at the next table sure is quiet.”

And now for the spoilers, so rack off now if you don’t want to know.

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7th January 2014 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Lissa Price
Enders (Starters, Book 2)
Random House Delacorte (US & CA: 7th January 2014)
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Someone is after Starters like Callie and Michael – teens with chips in their brains. They want to experiment on anyone left over from Prime Destinations – Starters who can be controlled and manipulated. With the body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn’t want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save her life – but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena’s memories, too…and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? No one is ever who they appear to be, not even the Old Man. Determined to find out who he really is and grasping at the hope of a normal life for herself and her younger brother, Callie is ready to fight for the truth. Even if it kills her.

Jennifer Rush
Erased (Altered, Book 2)
Hachette (US: 7th January 2014)
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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?

Amy Kathleen Ryan
Flame (Sky Chasers, Book 3)
Macmillan (US: 7th January 2014)
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Waverly and the other members of the Empyrean have been scattered, and their home ship destroyed. Their mission to rescue their parents didn’t go as planned, and now they’re at an even greater disadvantage: trapped with their enemies on the New Horizon, trying to find a way to survive. Kieran has been pulled under Anne Mather’s wing, but is she really trying to make peace, or just using Kieran to build her own power? Meanwhile, Waverly is taken in by a mysterious old man who wants to help her bring Anne Mather down – but the more Waverly cooperates with him, the more dangerous her position is, and the more at odds with Kieran she becomes. Seth’s situation is even worse. After setting out from the Empyrean on his own, with only a vague strategy to guide him, he is a fugitive aboard the New Horizon. He’s doing what he can to challenge the power of Anne Mather, but he’s badly hurt, and getting sicker. All the while, unknown to him, the terrorist Jacob is making plans of his own. Will Seth ever see Waverly again? Will his health hold out long enough to help her topple their enemies? And will Waverly find a way to unite with her friends before they all fall?

January 2014 Releases

Done with December 2013 Releases? Here are January 2014 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Appelhans, Kincy, Marr, Pratt, Rush)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Ann Aguirre: FORBIDDEN FRUIT: 8th May 2013: Buy (US)
Julianna Baggott: BURN: 4th February 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Crewe: THE LIVES WE LOST (paperback): 7th January 2014: Buy (US)
Megan Crewe: THE WORLDS WE MAKE: 11th February 2014: Buy (US)
Rhiannon Held: REFLECTED: 18th February 2014: Buy (US)
Melissa Landers: ALIENATED: 4th February 2013: Buy (US)
Karen Mahoney: HUNTING THE DARK: 6th February 2014: Buy (UK)
Mary E. Pearson: FOX FOREVER (paperback): 18th February 2014: Buy (US)
Jennifer Rush: ERASED: 7th January 2014: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: BREAKING POINT (paperback): 7th January 2014: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: THREE: 11th February 2014: Buy (US)
Angie Smibert: THE MEME PLAGUE (paperback): 13th August 2013: Buy (US)
Amanda Sun: SHADOW: 1st June 2013): Buy (US)
Carol Lynch Williams: THE HAVEN: 4th March 2014: Buy (US)

4 New Covers (Graves, Rush, Smibert, Wiggins)

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