Friday, May 18, 2012

Review: The Void by John Abramowitz

Title: The Void

John Abramowitz

The Weaver Saga, Book 2

ARC (eBook) via Author

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The zombie apocalypse looms as Alex Cronlord struggles to protect her family from a stitch-faced assassin. 

Teen Alex Cronlord is a lot of things - at it just so happens that a future-seeing Weaver (so she thinks) is one of them. She's having trouble deciding whether she's running from the Xorda or trying to stop them, and everyone else seems to have a forward option on it. On top of it, she's fighting to save a dead girl she can't find. Unlike her peers, she spends her time failing interviews with the FBI, conversing the foreseen future (or unforeseen past) with an overextended newly-single parent, and deciphering vague images and unconsciously prying for information that will either save her life or explain the loss of another's.  Her dreams are nightmares, her nightmares are visions, and her visions are the reality only she can see - if, and only if, she can decode the confusion they bring and follow the right leads (even if that happens to be half-way across the country.)

The Void opens with an exciting and frightening discovery of a body - a corpse that may not yet be dead, seen only in Alex's dreams. It pulls the reader right back into The Weaver Saga's world where it left off in book one -- caught-up and engulfed as the last novel's end. From there it speeds forward, sliding between multiple points of view, giving the story-world a completely 360: as Alex fights for and relives a woman's life (even if it's not who she thinks), her ex-military and recently spilt-up single parent father James fights to help his daughter while attempting to explain his two-faced wife's abandonment (and return), and FBI agent Moira fights for her job beneath a suspiciously replaced supervisor, conflicting feelings for the Wells Society victims she insists she has purest intentions with, and copes with the betrayal of her absent Xorda partner. 

As I often find with sequels, it was extremely interesting to observe both the characters, world, plot, and writing itself evolving. Not only is the series consistently clever, unique, and virtually unlike anything  else in the YA genre, it steadily remains fun, quick, and easy reading that well suits the market and proofs a delightful, entertaining read with just enough twists and turns to completely capture your attention.

Overall, it was a great read! Fast-paced, fascinating, creative, and curious, the entire novel sped through an insanely unique plot - pulling old and new enemies into the storm and slicing the work up with an intense journey, darker creatures (zombies, Xorda, and wolves - oh, my!) graver circumstances, worse consequences, and an epic cliff-hanger ending. Trust me, while The Void is a definite must-read - it's definitely not somewhere you want to be.

I recommend this for fans The Vladimir Todd Series, Alex Rider, Suck It Up, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, Blood of a Red Rose, and The Maximum Ride Series.


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