It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.
Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.
The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…
The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning. – Goodreads.com
When does part three come out?!!!
Part two in this trilogy doesn’t disappoint. Questions regarding how the characters came to Paragon and the origin of the virus are answered, filling in gaps in the backstory from the first book, Stitch. Alessa faces new challenges, both internal and external, in Shudder and part of this book is a survival story. After thinking I’d never hear from them again, I was happy to see some characters from the first book resurface in Shudder and learn more about their story as well.
As with Stitch, just when I thought I had the plot figured out, I was once again surprised. Halfway through the book, I was sure I knew how it was going to turn out and was having issues with a certain character, feeling an urge to smack them which, of course, I couldn’t do. But near the end, it all changed with intriguing plot twists.
More is learned about the Engineers, Alessa and Isaac’s relationship undergoes some new developments, there is a good amount of action/adventure involving life and death situations, and the epilogue promises major conflicts in the third book of this amazing trilogy.
Shudder is due to be released June 15th at Amazon.com. This review is based on a digital ARC from the author.