Thursday, October 16, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles, #1) by Lenore Appelhans

In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

The cover for LEVEL 2 is great, the color and its futuristic aspects. Although, the kick-ass heroine on it does not really depict the heroine in the book ( maybe in the sequels).

Although, the first pages of the book, contains nothing but lots of information about Level 2 and the afterlife. I guess that's okay, but the fact that nothing really monumental happened in these pages may bored some readers and definitely will confused most. Sifting through memories, mourning about people you left behind, the life gone—is not my idea of exciting. Judging on these, I didn't find the plot or the purpose of the book, but moving 50-75% of the book, the pacing increase, and that's where most of the action lies.

There's also a love triangle which I believe isn't over the top.

If you don't mind the hints of religion (Christianity) and flashbacks composing most of the book, then you might consider reading this book.

LEVEL 2 is thought-provoking, giving us a different take on afterlife and angels, it's a good first book for a series, but it has a clean ending. However, I would still like to read the next book in the series and see Felicia's character grow into the ass-kicking girl in the cover and premise.

*review copy provided by Freshfiction
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