Title: Asunder (Newsoul #2)
Author: Jodi Meadows
Format: E-Book ( Katherine Tegen Books | Borrowed)
Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In this second book in the Newsoul trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.
It took me four to five days to finish reading this book. One of the reasons I picked this book was because firstly there’s a lot of buzz about this series in the book community and the third and final book is released this year. As I have an overflowing pile of TBR, I can’t seem to decide when to read it and I chanced upon two bloggers who are hosting a read-a-thon of this series and I signed up for it. I got to read the books but was way behind the read-a-thon due to my school life being rather hectic. But anyways, I still get to finish reading the book. It continues immediately from where Incarnate left off and we found out how Ana came was born into the world and who was responsible for it. We also got to know who Janan is. The plot is good but I wished there were more action in it. And yes there was action but it was rather mild. It’s not like the Divergent series where we have people holding weapons and practically killing each other off. The real rebellion here is Ana versus Janan. And Janan is responsible for the reincarnation of the people of Heart. When Ana got snuck into the temple for the second time this time cause she has the key, she found out what Janan did to the Newsouls and it was rather inhumane of him. He was feeding them off whenever a Oldsoul died. So that’s why the Oldsouls could reincarnate and the Newsouls never got to see the world. Which was rather sad and he was doing this because he wanted immortality. And the people of Heart not knowing this side of Janan were selfish and small-minded. I would say Jodi Meadows did a good job in making me hate this small minded people to the core. And yes I assumed that people who reincarnated are much more wiser and have a bigger heart and sad to say this was also Janan’s doing. He purposely erased certain memorises of Oldsouls when they died and before they were born into the world. So this lead me to thinking that there was opposition against Janan before and these people knew what he really was however, due to their souls being chained to Janan, Janan was able to manipulate their memories and when they are born into the world, they are once again brainwashed and a loyal follower of Janan. I really loved how intricate this part was as it was complicated yet not too overwhelming at the same time.
It was beautiful. I loved how she phrased the character’s thoughts with such depth and it gave me so much feels. Here are some of them:
“It seems love is the most important thing. Someone who doesn’t love us and uses us to hurt others was never worth our devotion.”
“but I was afraid that – no matter what actually happened – people would find a way to twist the truth. You were kidnapped because everyone hates you, or you ran away to live with the sylph. I don’t know. Scared people are creative people. They would come up with something, so if I only said you were sick and no one knew the truth – that you were missing – I could control what people said”
Throughout this book not only Ana grew but Sam and the others too. As she was a Newsoul and her meomory was not manipulated, she showed the Oldsouls, what the world really is and she also proved to them that in terms of mental age, she was no different from them. I guess that without Ana, the people of Heart will be stuck in the vicious cycle of being used by Janan and eventually discarded once he gains immortality. I really curious about what would happen to the people of Heart in the final book. Would they stand on Ana and the Newsouls’ side or would they continue to live in a world full of lies.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars