Shudder (YA Dystopia) Review

December 21, 2013 Reviews 0 ★★★★

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Shudder (YA Dystopia) ReviewShudder by Samantha Durante
Series: Stitch #2
on 6/14/2013
Genres: Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 356
Format: eBook
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-- Book 2 in the Stitch Trilogy --

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.

This is the 2nd book in the Stitch triology. Alessa and Issac trek across the landscape in search for a new safe base for the rebels, all the while being chased by mysterious creatures. Meanwhile, Lizzie wakes up in Paragon to discover who the real leaders of Paragon are.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a full-on dystopia the whole way so it didn’t have the minor split personality of the first book. The pacing was very well done, and there are a ton of answers in this book: who runs Paragon, how Paragon came to exist, if the virus still runs rampant, who survived outside the gates, what happened to Nikhil and Joe, etc. So the world building continues nicely and we meet some new characters (the leaders of Paragon). I would have to say that Alessa and Issac continue to develop well as they go on this journey and I really enjoyed the various twists and revelations. It was a fairly quick read and was a great page turner as I wanted to see what came next.

So what didn’t I like? There were a few situations I felt were a bit too convenient for Alessa, and some of the accomplishments of the founders didn’t seem very plausible to me either. Also how the creatures came to be…I could understand how their mental state became what it was, but not their physical state.

But overall I had fun reading this…it is a great dystopia and I’m really looking forward to book 3. If you were on the fence after reading Stitch, I’d highly recommend reading this one.


About Samantha Durante

Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series.

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