Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2)
by Samantha Durante
June 15th, 2013
Young Adult Paranormal
It's only been three days, and already everything is different.
Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.
The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...
The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.
I read both Stitch and Shudder for this tour. You can find Stitch on Goodreads if you'd like to add it to your want-to-read shelf. I went into Stitch without re-reading the summary, so I didn't exactly know what to expect. I ended up getting invested into the story wondering what was really going on and what was going to happen. I definitely related to Alessa. I could also see how she could be so intrigued by Isaac. Everything definitely climaxes towards the end. Then in Shudder it's a different environment and situation that Alessa finds herself in. There were several things I just didn't even see coming.
I felt that the writing and editing were well done for both books. I've read several self-published (indie) books that needed so many corrections that I just couldn't even get into or finish the book. This definitely isn't the case here. I also liked the covers.
I really liked Alessa's character. I thought she was a great MC and I connected with her and her struggles under the circumstances she was dealing with. I thought she was fairly realistic in her reactions as well. It also helped that I liked the interactions with the other characters and that I liked Isaac, Nikhil, and Janie.
The society and plot were plausible (for a scifi/paranormal) to me as well. The drugs used on the people and separation of the classes; the romance; what the "virus" had created; the struggle for survival, but also for freedom all worked for me.
I'm looking forward to finding out how this series will end. If you're looking for an interesting dystopian I think you would enjoy picking this up!
Content: Some innuendo and violence. Non-descriptive sexual content.
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series.
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