Breaking the Agenda (Garnet #2) by Willa Jemhart
When Magda is forced to return to Garnet, she tries to accept her fate. This is the place she has longed to be for many years. But her return means the loss of everyone she has ever loved, and it seems that something is very wrong here. She begins to question where her rightful place really is. The tale of Magda’s mission and subsequent defection is one of discovery, friendship, love, and loss.
What you’re in for: Controlled society. Lack of familial bonds. Non-committal sex. Humans from different worlds. Romance. Unique Sci-Fi with a touch of Dystopia.
I like how the story is a modern Sci-Fi that takes place in our current time. It doesn’t take place in the future like your typical Sci-Fi. The “Doorway” to this planet, Garnet, was discovered in the 19th Century. However, nobody on Earth knows about it (or is supposed to know about it).
Witnessing Martie’s mom, Magda’s journey was interesting. I think I preferred this book over the first, Sketch of Secrets (which is in the perspective of Martie). It was fun learning about the planet that Magda came from, how she ended up on Earth, and why “they” forced her to leave at the end Sketch of Secrets. The storyline was good and interesting, and kept me captivated throughout.
I also felt like there was just a touch of a Dystopia feel to this story. I’m not sure if that was intentional, but it was definitely there (but only minimally).
Why 4/5 stars? Well, I mean, it wasn’t perfect. It was good, but it could’ve used more development in places.
I am a huge fan of this author. She has such a natural talent for writing stories. I’m looking forward to reading the third and final book in this trilogy. And I can’t wait to see what Willa Jemhart comes up with next!
Previous books in the series