Series: The Shadow Ravens #2
Published by Ink Monster LLC on October 13th 2015
Number of Pages: 256
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, Urban, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.
The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.
Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?
This was just as good as the first book. I was slightly confused at first, because this book deals with entirely new characters. But after a while we hear a bit about Cipher and Knight again. Quanta is a really interesting character, and I was soon lost in her story.
Just like the first book, I fell in love with Quanta from the first pages. Tair pulled me in quickly as well, and his sister too! The bad guys in this are really twisted and evil. Though I’m sure they don’t think of themselves that way. And I liked getting to see a bit into the society of the rich and powerful. It was a different perspective, and helped to flesh out the world even more.
We do finally get to learn more about, and eventually meet, Lady Eva. Tair trained with her before the book opens, and he is in contact with her briefly a few times during the book.
This book is a bit darker than the first one, mostly because of Quanta’s history in the labs. She’s been tortured, drugged, there are hints that she was raped, and she is constantly being used to track down and capture the Shadow Ravens. She does her best to thwart that, but doesn’t always succeed. And if she refuses to show them anything, she is tortured more.
Despite all that, she isn’t as broken as you might expect. Both this book and the first one, have very strong female characters that would make good role models in the “you knock me down, I get up and keep fighting” areas. Quanta wasn’t waiting to be rescued. She never expected to be after 10 years, and now that the chance has appeared, she is every bit as helpful to trying to escape as Tair. She’s actually more useful in a lot of ways.
This is definitely a series I need to own in a physical format. If you haven’t read it yet, why are you waiting?