by Jodi Meadows
Series: Newsoul #2.5
Published: September 3rd 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Novella, Young Adult
Format: eBook (138 pages)
In the wilds around the Community where Sam and his family have taken shelter, life is dangerous. Dragons, trolls, centaurs, and other monsters fill the world. The word comes from the council that everyone must leave and journey to rescue their leader, Janan, who has been abducted by a mysterious new enemy in the north. Faced with overwhelming threats that bring death and destruction, Sam and the others reach the northern Range and, reunited with Janan, are given an unimaginable opportunity. Although it would give them the privilege to live and learn and love without fear, the choice is not without its own dire consequences. And lives—though not theirs—are sure to be lost. Just how much are they willing to give up to save themselves?
Sam was the biggest reason I didn’t love the Incarnate series. Since this novella is from his point of view, I read it hoping it would change my mind about him. Sometimes knowing someone’s past helps you understand them, right? I guess. He almost seemed so different in Phoenix Overture that I couldn’t reconcile the Sam in this book with the Sam in the Incarnate series.
I liked that I learned new things about Sam that I couldn’t learn in the books. He didn’t annoy me in this one which was nice. The world in this book was a devastated and scary place which helped me look at his choices with a little less judgement. Still, I don’t think this novella was quite enough for me to change my mind about Sam. He’s still meh to me.
Did you like Sam’s character in the Incarnate series?