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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Lenore Appelhans: LEVEL 2 paperback (27th August 2013): Buy (US)
Jennifer Lynn Barnes: THE NATURALS (5th November 2013): Buy (US)
Andrea Cremer: SNAKEROOT (10th December 2013): Buy (US)
Amanda Grace: THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU & ME (8th September 2013): Buy (US)
Jeff Hirsch: THE DARKEST PATH (1st October 2013): Buy (US)
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner: THESE BROKEN STARS (10th December 2013): Buy (US)
Scott Tracey: PHANTOM EYES (8th October 2013): Buy (US)

15th January 2013 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Lenore Appelhans
Level 2 (Memory Chronicles, Book 1)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 15th January 2013); Usborne (UK: 15th January 2013)
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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 neighbouring 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 centre 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.

Beth Revis
Shades of Earth (Across the Universe)
Penguin (US & CA: 15th January 2013)
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Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They’re ready to start life afresh – to build a home – on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience. But this new Earth isn’t the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed’s former passengers aren’t alone on this planet. And if they’re going to stay, they’ll have to fight. Amy and Elder must race to discover who – or what – else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed – friends, family, life on Earth – will have been for nothing.

[REVIEW] Level 2 – Lenore Appelhans

Lenore Appelhans
Level 2 (Memory Chronicles, Book 1)
Allen & Unwin (AU: 1st January 2013); Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 15th January 2013); Usborne (UK: 15th January 2013)
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I was sceptical upon hearing that a fair chunk of this novel is reliving memories. Sounded like there isn’t much going on in the present. But as an avid Family Guy viewer, I’m accustomed to cutaways.

Knowing the author is a fan, and because of the setting based on beehives with drones, Tori Amos’ “The Beekeeper” song soundtracks Lenore Appelhans’ debut novel for me. Have no idea if that was intended. (She says, “I’m the one who taps you on the shoulder when it’s your time…” Can’t remember other lyrics.)

Still, I find the structure of Level Two very confusing. Is it one massive hive, or lots of hives somewhat connected? Are the memory chambers the “holes” of the hive? When the great escape happens, where do the characters go? The problem with a metaphysical world, in which things can be “materialised”, is my bearings are to find. A map/diagram would’ve been helpful.

I also don’t understand the “chosen one” situation. Why Felicia Ward? With Earth’s massive population, was hers the only soul “reaching out” at that time? And I don’t quite get the Morati and the rebels’ motives. Further still, I don’t comprehend the endgame scene, though it is rather cool. (You know I love mad science.)

Then there are times when things are over-explained. In case you didn’t pick up on Level Two’s hive-like setting, there’s an actual beekeeping scene in Felicia’s memory bank. And one of my pet peeves is when a well-known novel or play mentioned/quoted in a story is relevant to what the protag’s going through. (That never happened in my teen year.) In this case, it’s the play Our Town. Subtlety is not a strong point.

A unique, if bewildering, location lifts Level 2 above its competitors with intriguing technology and questioning the values placed on certain memories. Lenore Appelhans’ debut is both fascinating and frustrating, and not to be taken lying down. Come for the weird world where answers elude, but stay for the musical goats.

January 2013 Releases

Done with December 2012 Releases? Here are January 2013 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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