Thursday, August 21, 2014

Anywhere by Jon Robinson

Anywhere is the sequel to Nowhere so this review contains ***SPOILERS*** if you have not read the first book in the series.  This is a series where it is highly recommended that you read the books in order - otherwise you will miss out on the full impact of the series.

They may have escaped from Nowhere, but there are still plenty of challenges for them to overcome if Elsa, Harlan, Alyn, Ryan, Jes, and Julian are going to reclaim their lives.  When they were forced to split up they had no idea if they would see each other again, but nothing will stop them from trying to free the other teenagers still trapped in Nowhere.  At first it seems like an impossible mission, but they should know by now that nothing is impossible - especially when they learn that the people who have locked them up and used them have enemies of their own.

In a race against time the escapees must figure out who they good guys are, who the bad guys really are, and figure out what part of the game they want to play. It seems as though both sides only want to use them as pawns for their own purposes, and it will be up to them to decide their own fates this time.  Separated they are weak, but together they may just find the strength they need to save the teens trapped in Nowhere - and themselves.

It is really challenging to review Anywhere because giving away too many of the "wow" moments will ruin the plot twists and turns - not to mention potentially ruining the momentum of the story.  Once again Jon Robinson has penned a slick, high octane thriller that will keep you glued to your seat to see what happens next for the teenagers that we got to know in Nowhere.  Each of their distinct personalities and voices come into play in this addictive and mind blowing sequel to a book that defied an easy category - is it a thriller, a science fiction, a fantasy, a coming of age?  It doesn't really matter what genre you want to slot this series into because it will shake off that label in a few chapters!

The pace of Anywhere is ruthless, and this is one of those series where you really need to read the series in order as book two picks up right where book one ended, and it looks as though the final book will also pick up where this one left off.  Told through rapidly changing viewpoints Anywhere could have been a disaster, but rather than confusing or complicating matters the short and rapidly changing chapters keeps the action at a fever pitched and keeps you turning pages saying, "just one more chapter, just one more chapter".  A must read for fans of high octane teen thrillers.

If you like this book then try:
  • Nowhere by Jon Robinson
  • Proxy by Alex London
  • The recruit by Robert Muchamore
  • Variant by Robison Wells
  • Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  • Numbers by Rachel Ward
  • Agent 21 by Chris Ryan
  • The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  • Wolf brother by Michelle Paver
  • In the after by Demitria Lunetta
  • Framed by Malcolm Rose
  • The industry by Rose Foster
  • Jimmy Coates by Joe Craig
  • Reboot by Amy Tintera
  • Slated by Teri Terry
  • Finding the fox by Ali Sparkes
  • The hunt by Andrew Fukuda
  • In the after by Demitria Lunetta
  • Arrival by Chris Morphew
  • ACID by Emma Pass

Reviewed by Brilla

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