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S. A. Williams
on March 27, 2013 :
'Complications,' the second book in the Evolution Trilogy, picks up where 'Hybrid' left off. We rejoin Steven as he begins his journey away from the "community" in the Amazon with his mother and grandparents; his ultimate goal being to rekindle his love with Caitlin. As predicted by the title, complications ensue. The plot is a bit slower at first, but it picks up quickly enough.
Much like 'Hybrid,' my primary source of enjoyment was the plot line that Wester has developed 'Complications.' In similar fashion to the plot of the first book, the reader follows Steven's own interesting journey as he discovers more detail about himself and the other "vampires," how they came into being, and how they differ from the traditional vampire--and again, we only learn these details as Steven himself learns them. For me, this allowed some connection with Steven as my questions were answered in tandem with his own.
Structuring the plot in this way, however, took me out of the story on a couple of occasions. Steven's character (and eventually Caitlin's) become inconsistent at times throughout the narrative--this seems clearly aimed at demonstrating their own confusion and adaptation as they undergo what is an unpredictable change (and it would be incorrect to assume that their characters would remain unchanged throughout that, surely), but I'm not sure this device worked as well as intended, at least not for this reader.
Wester's prose is, as it was in 'Hybrid,' a bit stiff/awkward for my taste. The book as a whole has some editing needs (certainly even mass market books contain errors, don't get me wrong, but here there are some obvious ones that need attention). I found the dialogue in 'Complications' to be, for the most part, a bit more natural than it was in 'Hybrid,' which was a positive for me.
But, it's notable that the criticism I'm offering must be taken in context--specifically the context that overall, this was a worthwhile read. I enjoyed the story arc, and the book left me anxious to read the next installment of this trilogy (I believe Wester is writing it now). If you're a picky reader, you may see issues where I've noted above, but for the general audience (and certainly this book's target audience) I would recommend this one. It provides that ongoing 'I-must-know-what-happens' feel that's always wonderful in the second part of a series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)