Book Review: Altered

Altered CoverBook: Altered by Gennifer Albin

Published October 2013 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux|295 pages

Where I Got It: nook store/e-book

Series: Crewel World #2

Genre: YA Dystopic, Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy

You can find Altered on goodreads & Gennifer Albin on twitter, facebook and her website

Goodreads Summary: 

Deadly Secrets

Tangled Lies

Woven truths

Life. Possibility. Choice. All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

Altered is Gennifer Albin’s thrilling sequel to Crewel. Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

What I Thought:

I really liked Crewel when I read it over a year ago, and I was really looking forward to reading Altered…which I liked, but not as much as Crewel.  I really liked seeing the ruins of Earth, and how different it is from the world of Arras.

There really is so much more to this world than I ever could have imagined, and there were some things I didn’t see coming at all.  The remnants are definitely interesting, and I kind of wish we saw more of them. Especially one we happened to see for part of the book…

I really like the parallel between earth and Arras, and the connection to World War 2 and Einstein and how/why the looms were created.  Those connections were fascinating to me, and it worked really well.  It’s also one of those things I didn’t see coming.

But while there were things I really liked and elements that were really interesting, there was also something about Altered that I didn’t find as captivating.  It’s an interesting world, but…I just wasn’t as interested in the book as I thought I would be.  I’m feeling pretty “meh” about the characters, and I’m not sure why.  I don’t know if it’s because they left Arras and found themselves on Earth or something else I don’t feel like trying to identify, or even something I can’t identify.  I just know that things got really interesting in Altered and I liked it, but I didn’t love it like I thought.

I will say that Adelice’s abilities as Creweler got really interesting, because of the people she meets and the things she learns along the way.  I am curious about how she’ll use her abilities and how everything will turn out for both Arras and Earth, given everything that comes up.

Let’s Rate It: 

I liked Altered, and I really liked a lot of the revelations and elements that come up in Altered, but there’s also something about it that wasn’t as captivating as Crewel.  Altered gets 3 stars.

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