Sunday, September 1, 2013

Jodi Meadows' "Asunder"

While I've already posted on the awesomeness that is Jodi Meadows' Newsoul series, I'm here to expand a bit on the awesomeness of Asunder. 

From Goodreads:

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

In "Incarnate" we learn about Ana, a newsoul who took the place of Ciana, a soul who was supposed to be reincarnated. She meets Dossam (Sam), a musician whose works she has always appreciated. Sam stands up for Ana when the citizens of Heart stand against her, believing she is a nosoul, someone who is an omen of bad things to come. This line in the summary says it best - "Many are afraid of Ana's presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown." 

In "Incarnate" we learn about what's happening, and in "Asunder" we learn the why and the how of what's happening - how are the souls being reincarnated and why? Here's where I nervously hope I haven't lost all the knowledge I gained in high school - to me, the major themes of the story so far are: the fear of change - fight it or accept it? The idea of learning to love yourself and to trust yourself. 

I really loved these books, as evidenced in that I read them and love them despite the fact they aren't very kissy and they're kind of heavy. I said it my other post, but I'll say it again - if you're looking for great books, give these a try. If you want kissing and giggles, you should probably look elsewhere, after all . . . BAD THINGS HAPPEN.

Favorite quotes:

Why? Why would he endure all this for me? Was this what it meant to be loved? If you loved someone, could love make you strong like that?

"You challenge us, make people think and open their eyes to the truths that we've been ignoring for too long . . . our immortality is not without a price."

"I played of sunsets and snow, the way the leaves shifted and fell, and the anticipation of a kiss."

Coming Tuesday! Newsoul book #2.5, "Phoenix Overture" from Dossam's POV!

And coming in January, the final book in the trilogy, "Infinite."

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