Published: January 7th 2014 by Little Brown Books
Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction
Goodreads ● The Book Depository ● Booktopia ● Bookworld
They thought they had escaped. They were wrong.
After fleeing the Branch with Sam, Cas, and Nick, Anna is trying to make sense of the memories resurfacing from her old life. At the same time, she's learning how to survive in hiding, following Sam's rules: Don't draw attention to yourself. Always carry a weapon. Know your surroundings. Watch your back.
Then a figure from Anna's childhood reappears. Is it a Branch setup, or could it be the reunion Anna has hoped for? Uncertain of where her loyalties lie, Anna must fight to learn the truth -- before she is betrayed again. Ultimately, the answers hinge on one question: What was the real reason her memories were erased?
I think Erased is a perfect sequel. Everything I loved about Altered is present in full-force in this novel, with a few bits of extra awesomeness thrown in for good measure!
I have always loved how mature and focussed the protagonist, Anna, is. She didn’t get caught up her relationship drama (even though she legitimately had a reason to) because hey, they were on the run and their lives were constantly in danger. I think she’s amazing. I’m usually exasperated at the silly decisions protagonists make in books, but I totally don’t blame Anna for trusting the wrong people throughout Erased, because I would have done the same thing in her place. The author has made Anna realistic and relatable, and I found it very easy to get into the head and understand her.
Of course, no review of his series would be complete without talking about the boys. Oh the boys. I love Cas – he’s absolutely hilarious, but also bad-ass. An all-round great friend! Nick and Anna have always had an uneasy relationship, and they’ve had a volatile peace between them since Altered. I loved digging into their pasts (since they’ve both started to get flashbacks) and figuring out why Nick is so stand-offish. I think they’re both really sweet.
Sam and Anna have a few things to work out, and though they’re never still long enough to explore their relationship properly, it’s obvious how much they love one another. I like that they always talked about their problems, this isn’t one of those YA relationships where there’s faux tension caused by miscommunication. They don’t question one another, trust each other absolutely, and appreciate each other’s unique strengths. Basically I love Sam and Anna.
I enjoyed the plot-line of Erased. All the secrets from the night that Anna’s parents died are finally revealed in this book, and I was surprised at how it all turned out. I was absolutely engaged in the story, and working furiously to try and work out everything before the characters (which I managed, but just barely). This is a superbly plotted book, with just the perfect amount of tantalising detail thrown in at the right moments to keep things exciting.
I loved Erased, and I think fans of Altered will be impressed by it. Fans of the paranormal should definitely pick up their nearest copy of Altered!
I’m not sure whether Erased is the last book in the series – Goodreads says there will be another book, but this storyline seems complete. I’m not sure where a sequel would go. But if there is a sequel, I’ll definitely be reading it, because I love these characters, love this world, and love this author’s writing. So much love!