Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1) by Lenore Appelhans
My Copy: Hardcover, 281 pages
Publication Date: January 15, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Won from Imaginary Reads
In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.
Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.
Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.
This book was just okay for me. It was unable to fully captivate me for the majority of the book and there was nothing overly special about it in my opinion.
While it is a unique concept, I don’t feel it was delivered as well as it could have been. The story was just okay. It didn’t have me on the edge of my seat and I didn’t really have an urge to pick it up after setting it down. There was nothing pulling me back to it. For these reasons, I don’t think it is likely I will read the sequel.
The writing was pretty good, but everything else was just meh. The characters were just okay, the romance didn’t do much for me, and the world-building gave a basic understanding but nothing more.
Best Aspect: Unique concept
Worst Aspect: Captivity