Asunder by Jodi Meadows
Well, hey, here’s an example of a great sequel. Because this is book two, I’ll sum up my thoughts with bullet points. No spoilers, I promise!
Ana’s growth: Toward the end of Incarnate, Ana became a sort of supergirl, saving lives and being a selfless badass. In Asunder, she keeps this tendency, but we are introduced to even more vulnerable aspects of her character. A new passion for minority rights also adds a new aspect to Ana, and it helps build upon the compassion she already has for humans in general.
More Sam: Sam is taken down a notch in Asunder because we’re introduced to new sides of him—sides that surprise us. I liked that Meadows decided to convey his humanity rather than sideline him as an ideal love interest. Sam takes an active role in Asunder, just as he did in Incarnate.
Big reveals: Each shocker was perfectly placed for maximum effect. Because of how strange and unpredictable Asunder’s world is, the revelations always came as big “aha” moments. These moments slowly unmask Heart, helping us to understand the city a little bit better. Continued world-building is always great in a sequel.
What Didn’t Work:
The too-easy solution: I won’t go into detail, because, duh, spoilers, but I was awfully surprised when a huge problem toward the end of the book was solved so simply. I wanted a solution that matched the complexity of the conflict. Not too much to ask for, right?
Asunder, unsurprisingly, completely lives up to its predecessor. Jodi Meadows’ writing is as gorgeous and impeccable as ever. Her creativity never ceases to amaze. If Incarnate was your cup of tea last year, you absolutely must pick up this sequel. It doesn’t disappoint!