Book Review – Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders

January 24, 2014 Bonnie Book Reviews, Read in 2014, YA 8 Comments

Book Review – Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. SoudersRevelations by J.A. Souders
Series: The Elysium Chronicles #2
Published by Tor Teen on November 5, 2013
Pages: 352
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic, Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Library
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Also by this author: Renegade

three-stars

Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.

But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home.

But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past.

But the decision may be out of their hands when Evie’s ever-elusive memories begin to collide with reality. People and images from her past appear in the most unlikely places, haunting her, provoking her…and making her seem not only strange but dangerous.

Evie and Gavin can’t wait around for her memories to return. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface to find help, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started…

The Elysium Chronicles

Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles #1) {My Review}

Six weeks have passed since Evelyn has left Elysium yet she remembers nothing of her previous life. Gavin is the only one that knew her but she can barely remember him. When she begins having nightmarish flashbacks that seem to be continuously triggered by something she can’t understand, the village doctor fears she needs to get more help than he’ll be able to give her. With the assistance of an old friend of Gavins, Asher, the three travel through the Outlands to the City in hopes that Evelyn can find the answers she’s searching for.

The truth is I never intended on reading this. I finished Renegade and enjoyed it but was expecting so much more and was left mildly disappointed. But I recently recommended this book to my ‘I have better things to do than read’ 13-year-old step-daughter and holy crap she loved it and immediately wanted me to pick up Revelations. And then she demanded I read it with her so she could talk to me about it. So, I succumbed to the pressure. 🙂

Revelations suffered from middle-book-syndrome and possessed a lot of filler. For almost the entire first half of the book was spent detailing Evelyn’s flashbacks and the expedition to the City. There were some moments of intrigue but for the most part it was incredibly uneventful in comparison to the thrilling nature of Renegade. When I think back on the book as a whole there was a lot that could have been condensed or eliminated (such as the romance drama) and a lot that could have been expanded on in more detail (like the science and origination of Elysium).

The romance was a huge issue for me in Renegade and continued to be an issue in this book. There are even hints of a love triangle but I’m pleased to announce it fizzles out by the end for hilarious reasons. The romance between Gavin and Evelyn grows quickly and I love you’s are being dished out. Gavin becomes excessively possessive in regards to Evelyn’s safety and it’s understandable to an extent. When Gavin decides to not inform her of issues regarding her own personal health and other issues that she should be deciding for herself is when I developed an issue with him. His treatment towards her felt extremely condescending and I realize Evelyn didn’t have any memories so he thought he was only helping but that doesn’t mean she lost her common sense as well.

After the unfortunate cliffhanger ending there’s no doubt I’ll be reading the final installment even without my kid bullying me into it. I can only hope that the drama is all out of the way, that Gavin can allow Evelyn to make her own decisions and that we can get more concrete details on the interesting world of Elysium.

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8 Responses to “Book Review – Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders”

  1. Giselle

    Aw boo! The first book was so good and action packed. Though I can’t say I’m surprised most sequel nowadays are disappointing – at least from my experience. I wish more authors would go in a 2 book series route especially if the 2nd will just be filled – skip all of that and get to the point, ya know. I still want to read this one though I’m curious about the world on the surface. Good to know about the cliffhanger, too! >.<
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  2. Heidi

    I still haven’t read my ARC of the first book. I am glad though that you were able to read this and bond with your 13 year old stepdaughter. That is always a good thing even if the book isn’t exactly an oh wow read. I am curious about the hilarious reason as to why the love triangle fizzles but not enough to read it.
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  3. Jessie

    Like you, I was a bit meeeehhh on book one. I didn’t dislike it, but it was nowhere near as good as it could have been. That said, thank you for reading/reviewing the sequel so I don’t have to.

    I was mildly interested because the end of book one was good, but the whole “filler” bit is a no-go. If you don’t have enough story for multiple books/plots, DON’T WRITE SEQUELS. Mini-rant aside, if there had been less romance and more on the world, I might still have tried this. But nope. You saved me.
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    • Bonnie

      Yes. More emphasis on the world was much needed. And if you thought there was a lot of romance in book one, you’ll be seriously disappointed with book two. Still not the most terrible series I’ve read and I’m looking forward to seeing how it’s all wrapped up. If book 3 ever releases.
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  4. Lily B

    heh well that’s cute, but I guess that’s what makes us pick up books we wouldn’t normally pick up!

    Glad you gave this one a chance. Yes cliffhangers suck, but it looks like the story was well done. I know a lot of my friends enjoyed this one, but with so many reviews up and down I have managed to unfortunately.. put it off this far.
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