Review: Astral Tide

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Author: Anna Silver
Genre: YA/Dystopian
Publisher: Anna Silver
Release Date: February 25, 2012

Blurb:

London and her friends are fugitives in a reprocessed world where anything New is illegal. But as Otherborn, they’re different. They can dream and create, which hasn’t gone unnoticed. After fleeing Capital City with an assassin on their heels, the Otherborn found nothing went according to plan. Now, they are down by two and on the run in the Outroads, but the Tycoons keep mysteriously gaining on them. And seven months later, London is no closer to her promise to go back for Rye, if there is anything left to go back for. But Zen is teaching London that there may be more to her heart than the pieces she left behind, and London can’t help but feel guilty about not looking back since they fled New Eden. Should she hold on to hope that Rye is more than just a memory, or embrace a new life and love with Zen?

In their race to outrun their enemies, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: they can only run for so long. Eventually, they’ll have to face what waits when the road runs out. Eventually, their fates will catch up to them.

My thoughts:

For those of you who missed it, I reviewed the first book in this series on my blog last year (link here). I loved the first book. This one, I loved less. I don’t know, something just seemed…lacking.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying it’s a bad book. It’s still a good book, and I did enjoy it. I just didn’t like it as much as I liked the first book. One of the reasons it fell short for me was because I found the main character annoying this time around. I don’t remember London being that petulant in the first book, but this time I just wanted to reach into the pages and smack her upside the head. I know she’s been through a lot, but honestly I just wanted to tell her to shut the hell up and move forward.

However. That being said, her attitude shifted when she began to accept and integrate her other, Si’dah, into her life. And maybe that was the point — London isn’t whole until she accepts who she is…and the fact that she has an Other. After all, London’s archenemy, Avery (who also happened to be one of her former friends/allies) has accepted who she is. Which, of course, makes her much more effective at being a villain because Avery’s damn good at using the Astral planes to her advantage.

I do like how we see a bit more of some of the secondary characters. Tora is interesting, and so is Zen, though I’d like to see a bit more of Kim in the next book. Kim is still a bit of an enigma, so he came off as a bit flat, but hopefully in the next book we can see more of him and get to know him more. For me, the most interesting character was Elias, the Beekeeper. He’s a Rogue Other. A Rogue! Who knew there could be Rogue Others?

I also enjoyed seeing more of the Astral in this book. There are some nooks and crannies that our intrepid heroes know nothing about, which makes it a much more interesting place than I first thought. I could’ve done without Ell-Adalese (that felt like a plot thread that got lost in the echo), but maybe this is a plot point for the next book. I think it’ll be interesting to see if she plays a role in the next installment, since I do think she could be an interesting character.

For me, the book picked up after the first few chapters. Once we had more scenes in the astral, London quit being so annoying, and the book picked up speed. At that point, I became more invested in finding out how London et al’s story ends. Needless to say, I enjoyed the last half much, much more than I enjoyed the first half.

Overall it was a good book. I’ve enjoyed the series so far, and I do plan to read the next book in the series.

Note, however, that if you’re interested in reading this book, make sure you read the first book, Otherborn, first.

Rating: ★★★½☆

Book links:

Astral Tide Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20572253-astral-tide

Astral Tide book trailer on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbehpsKV4zA

Astral Tide excerpt: http://www.annasilverauthor.com/astraltide.html#excerpt

Astral Tide paperback listing on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/149599919X

Astral Tide ebook listing on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Astral-Tide-Otherborn-Anna-Silver-ebook/dp/B00INC8J32/

Astral Tide ebook listing on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/411645

Astral Tide ebook listing on Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/astral-tide

Note: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a review. I was not compensated for this review.

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I'm Canadian, which according to movies and TV means I'm part of the group that's almost always wiped out during the apocalypse. I’ve watched too much Star Trek and Stargate over the years and spend too much time at my computer. Now, I'm waiting for the arrival of (and human enslavement by) the Borg or the Goa'uld. That is, if my computer doesn’t swallow me first.

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