Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (Book Review)

An interesting, YA book!

Title: Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1)

Author: Lenore Appelhans

Release Date: January 15, 2013

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Format: Hardcover

Source: Library


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In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow prisoners, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and the boy she loved, Neil.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber disappears, and nobody but Felicia seems to recalls she existed in the first place. Something is obviously very wrong. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, she learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind. -Goodreads

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A very different, but interesting read.

Level 2 is a good start to an afterlife series full of romance, friendship, betrayal, and death.

I found that the afterlife world called Level 2 very fascinating. This afterlife is a world is created based on and similar to Youtube. (You can view, rate, share, etc. videos.) Lenore Appelhans has a created a world that allows for easy and better character developments, and see each character as who they are. Like Felicia Ward.

Felicia Ward is the main protagonist in this story. We learn about who she was from her memories (youtube style) when she was alive, and who she is by her current actions. Having to read her past and her current actions, I slowly saw and understood, how much character development she has made. As a protagonist, I overall thought Felicia was a good character.

When being introduced to both male characters in this book, I had expected a love triangle but was wrong. Instead, you see 2 separate developing relationships taking place in different times. Both relationships went through different situations, problems, moments, and feelings. I loved both male characters, and seeing their development both individually and in a relationship really showed their character development, making them more interesting.

Although I find the world of Level 2 very creative and fascinating, some parts in the book seemed rushed, and so I found myself having to re-read portions and process what’s happening. However, reading at my own pace helped me understand better and kept me interested. Whereas, if i read at the pace of the book, I would get confused and lose interest.

I really like the cover of this book and how it relates to the plot of the book. The colours used are very simple, yet eye catching(especially the font) enough to get a readers'(like me)attention.

I liked the afterlife idea of the story, reading Felicia’s memories and watching her character development grow, especially the romantic relationships between her and the two male characters. Overall, I liked this book and kept me interested until the end, but had many unanswered questions left at the end of the book. However, I hope they’ll be answered in the next book: Chasing Before (The Memory Chronicles #2)

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