Title: Asunder (New Soul #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Release Date/Publisher: January 29th 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Finished: July 30th 2013
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. 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 the second book of Jodi Meadows’s Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. asunder explores the beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
What I thought:
The first book created an awesome story with a new soul being added into a world where everyone regenerates and have been for thousands of years. This book continues with that wonderful story and goes deeper with the characters and plot. The other people in Heart’s prejudice against Ana is still here, and much more present and violent even in this book, because of the possibility of other newsouls being born. So many things happen to her, and Sam because of his relation, and it was so heartbreaking that these people could have so much hate.
The book starts shortly after the horrible events of Templedark, and is very somber with everyone trying to learn how to heal. They have never really had to learn grief and moving on before, since everyone always used to come back. The bright part of this book though is that the relationship between Ana and Sam develops a lot more! There are complications, as there is in most relationships. Although they both try to overcome them, the townspeople keep creating problems with gossip and hateful remarks. I really did like seeing more of their relationship in this, even though sometimes their stubbornness frustrated me.
The Sylph also play a bigger role and I thought it was cool having them in a few scenes with Ana. We also learn more about Janan and what exactly he is, and how people are always being reincarnated when they die. The mystery starts to unravel, but now I have even more questions!
If you liked the first book, definitely continue with this one. It does not disappoint!