Series: The Lost Souls
Author: Tiffany Truitt
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Date: 02 April 2013
Tess is finally safe from the reach of the Council, now that she is living in the Middlelands with the rebel Isolationists. With James having returned to Templeton, she easily falls back into her friendship with Henry, though her newfound knowledge of Robert’s chosen one status still stings. Even surrounded by people, Tess has never felt more alone. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton, and that the dangerously sadistic chosen one George has taken an interest in her.
When Tess left her world behind to go to live with the Isolationists she thought she was moving on to something better. But it doesn't take long for her to realise that just because you go somewhere new does not mean that things will be different.
Isolationists only bathe once a week. Ok so now that I have your attention. The community that Tess joins is very different from what she was used to, being constantly dirty, having to actually work, a more relaxed environment, but some things remained the same. People. Humans can be very cruel when they choose to be, and sometimes without knowing.
I didn't find this book as thought provoking as the first. I don't know if it's because some of the questions remain the same and I just didn't notice them as much or if the rest of the story had sucked me in. Tess is still asking lots of questions, I think she always will ask questions, it's just that they will keep evolving as she grows.
Tess's character sees a lot of growth throughout this book, compared to Tess in the first book, who was weak and unknowing, to Tess who is willing to know more no matter the price. Some characters however remain the same, such as Henry and James. James, himself, doesn't have much of a role in this story, he's more of a reason for Tess's thoughts and line of questions in this book. Since he doesn't show up until near the end there's not much more to learn from him.
That blurb is misleading. So she’s thrilled when James returns to the settlement, demanding to see Tess — until she finds out that it’s because her sister, Louisa, has been recruited into Tess’s old position at Templeton That's not exactly how things went. Or at least not what I read in the pages of the book. He does go to the settlement (not return he's never been) and it's not because of Louisa it's because of one of his visions.
(see why I don't read them)
While book one left us wanting more because of it's questions and thought provoking storyline, this book leaves us wanting more because of it's twists in the final pages. It makes you want to quickly pick up book three to find out how and what will happen to all the characters we've come to love.
Still to come