They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
Jennifer Rush delivers a thrilling sequel to Altered in a novel packed with mysteries, lies, and surprises that are sure to keep readers guessing until the last age is turned. (goodreads.com)
I don't even know where to begin. I enjoyed this book. I've read sequels where the book becomes about the relationships between the two main characters and the romance out shines the plot of the story. Although Sam and Anna's relationship factors into this story, there was still a lot going on. We find out A LOT more about their pasts and new people make appearances, as well as old friends (well, maybe friends) we begin to doubt who we can trust and it's all very exciting, although I have to say there were some things in this book that were easy calls. I was, however, slightly blindsided by the story of what happened the night Anna's parents were killed. I don't think anyone could have figured all that out.
Now, here's my dilemma, there's apparently going to be a third book, it's untitled and coming out in 2015 (according to Goodreads). My problem is that everything wrapped up beautifully at the end of this book. I feel like anything else would just be... unnecessary, I'm not sure if that's the right word. With the world that Rush has created, technically, this storyline can carry on for years, but I feel like it would detract from the the story. I like how everything ended, they'll never be fully safe, but they can begin to build a life together and we can use our imaginations to decide what crazy stunt Cas is going to pull, and how long it'll take before Nick get annoyed and punches him in the face.
There's no doubt in my mind that I'll read the next book, but I'll be a little scare about it.
I here by give Erased 4 stars.