02 July 2010

Torment; Lauren Kate

Torment (Fallen, #2) Torment by Lauren Kate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I suppose it's a good sign that this sequel to Fallen didn't get a worse rating, but it didn't get a better one, either. The problem is that I really suspect that this would be one really great story if it were in *one* book not three. But publishers are now demanding trilogies, which means weaker individual books and tons of padding.

Luce is as clueless here as she was in the first book, and her eternal boyfriend Daniel is playing the I'm an Enigma card for all he's worth. The alliance between him and Cam, the reasons for her staying put at Shoreline, their past(s) together are all things he won't share with her. So, naturally, Luce is a little perturbed and cranky, and doesn't follow directions well. The addition of Shelby and Miles to the mix is a good one, but the constant padding of the plot means that they're less well-developed than they could (or should) be.

The battle at the end of the book is also a little odd because nothing is ever fully explained. Who are the Outcasts? What do they want? Etc.. All questions that weren't answered here, and given the questions left hanging (and unanswered) at the end of Fallen, they're unlikely to be answered in the next/final book.

ARC provided by publisher.

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