Thursday, September 9, 2010
Review : Torment (Fallen #2)
Title: Torment (Fallen #2)
Author: Lauren Kate
Published: September 28th 2010 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Source: Arc provided by Around The World
Synopsis: How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?
Thoughts: Torment is the second book in the Fallen series. As you can see from other bloggers, there's a lot hype to this sequel. One of the questions many people ask is: "Is it better than Fallen?" In my opinion, yes. Whereas Fallen focuses more on the mystery between Luce and Daniel, Torment is more about digging into the past and how it can effect not only Luce's, but everyone's future.
There are bigger evils out there than Cam and his band of evil soldiers. They're so evil that Daniel and Cam have actually called a truce for 18 days in order to hunt these monsters down. But what about Luce, you ask. In order to keep her safe, Cam and Daniel both agree to send her to a (best way to describe it) supernatural boarding school. It's actually a school for Nephilim. With the school guarded and sealed so tightly, those hunting Luce will not be able to find her. The catch? Daniel must leave Luce. He's not allowed to visit her during the truce.
Each chapter counts down these 18 days, and lets just say a lot can and will happen. As Luce explores the school and it's students, she begins to learn the shadows following her are actually memories from her past lives. She begins to learn from her peers and teachers how to see into the shadows at her past lives. As she explores, she begins to discover who she used to be and how tragic this curse really is to not only Daniel and herself, but others too. Plus, as we all know, sometimes the past should stay hidden.
I must say, I absolutely adore the chemistry between Daniel and Luce. It's undeniable. Truly, it's hard to describe why without giving spoilers away, but lets just say this book has some of the sweetest, most beautiful scenes I have ever read. Torment also introduces new characters. Again, hard to explain, but know that they will impact the story, possibly even more so than the old school, key players. Added bonus: one thing this book gives you that everyone wants is a peak into Luce and Daniel's past lives. All I can say about that is WOW.
The negative aspects. When I first read Fallen, I found the pacing to be a bit slower than I normally enjoy. Same applies to Torment. I enjoy the details the author uses to not only describe the setting, but also the characters, and yet it still felt too drawn out. Every exciting incident seemed to drag out with too many unneccesary details, which wouldn't effect the plot or story in anyway. Also, I'm not a big fan of Luce as a character. She seems to blame Daniel for everything that goes wry. A bit too overdramatic for my taste when it comes to the protag and leading lady. Lastly, I would have enjoyed seeing MORE of Luce's past lives. These were my favorite scenes, and with all their past lives together, I felt like the story could have/should have included more. It felt limited, but then again, I guess if it had, the book would most likely be hitting the 700 page mark.
Much like Fallen, Torment leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Which ones? Well, I guess you'll have to read and figure it out when/after the book releases September 28th. Fair warning, Torment will leave you craving for more.