Relapse (The second book in the Vs. Reality Series) x

Rated 3.50/5 based on 2 reviews
The sequel to the Amazon Kindle Bestseller continues.

Now branded as terrorists by New York City Mayor James Kerrigan, Cole, Jens, Brodie, Dia and Paige are on the run, fighting for their lives as they try to escape the clutches of the New World Council. They travel the world piecing together The General’s end game – all while a dark secret emerges that could tear their group apart forever. More

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Words: 50,910
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476423364
About Blake Northcott

Author. Twitter-er. Slayer of vampires (only the ones that sparkle). I love reading, cooking, traveling and mixed martial arts. Dislikes include Wheel of Fortune and Ke$ha.

I live in a small, quiet town west of Toronto, and at the moment I'm writing and blogging full-time.

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Review by: Tony Fecteau on July 08, 2012 :
Loved the book. Not as action packed as the 1st, but the story was very compelling. The characters are being built up, and the time "twists" are keeping my mind busy trying to figure out what is coming next. Cannot wait for the next one!!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Dusty Craine on July 02, 2012 :
Let me begin by letting folks know that Goodreads indicates that 3 stars means "I liked it" while 4 stars means "I really liked it" so for the sake of this Smashwords review I'll be using that scale.

Vs. Reality earned 4 stars from me. So why did the second book in the trilogy lose a star? Follow along and I'll share.

Vs. Reality introduced an interesting cast of characters and placed them smack dab in the middle of a high-adrenaline action flick. Whereas Relapse only delivers one or two memorable action sequences. Relapse is the calm before what is setup to be a rather nasty storm. There was a least one new character introduced but we're given no clear picture of how she'll influence the series. And largely this book felt like filler. A stopgap between book one and book three.

It seems to me, and it's just my opinion, that perhaps the trilogy would have been better served as a two book set. We'll see how the revelations in Relapse impact what is forthcoming in Vs. Reality 3. We learn interesting things about Dia and Paige, and even get surprised by some new shaky alliances. But the book just seemed like it served the purpose of putting ducks in a row.

Don't get me wrong. The characters are still fantastically written. The dialogue is still clever and feels real. I can imagine these characters existing and actually carrying on the conversations they do, but even sitting in a room with people you like can be tiresome if nothing much is happening. Especially if the last time you hung out a whole lot of crazy fun ensued. I kept finding myself wondering when things were going to pickup. And mostly they never did.

All this said, I'll be waiting anxiously for Vs. Reality 3. I'm looking forward to seeing how the trilogy concludes.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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