April 19, 2013

Review: There (On the Otherside #2) by Denise Grover Swank

Julia Phillips’ world is an alternate universe away.
Trapped in a land where government leaders want her dead, Julia is forced to run for her life with Evan and Reece, the two boys who brought her here. They’re on their own in a hostile landscape ruled by scavengers and thieves.
But Evan is battling a deadly infection, and Julia finds herself racing against time as she tries to find the medicine that will save his life. She and Reece find an unlikely ally—Jo, a girl they free after finding her captured in a bandits’ hideout.
As the four travel across the country, Julia has something else to worry about—her memories are slowly being replaced by the Julia of Evan and Reece’s world. Will they find a way to send Julia home before it’s too late? Or will Julia’s body and mind be trapped THERE?
I recently read Here, the first book in Denise Grover Swank's On The Other Side series. If you read the review, you'll remember that I enjoyed that book very much. As a matter of fact, I gave it four and a half stars. Well.....There, the second book in the series did NOT let me down. It was as enjoyable as Here but also more adventurous and exciting. Here followed protagonist Julia while she attended school and basically tried to solve the mystery of what happened to herself after a deadly car accident. There takes up the story when Julia is traveling in a dystopian version of America. Evan and Reece, Julia's love interests from Here, travel with her to help her try to find her way home. While traveling, they meet another young woman, Jo, making the group a foursome. This second book was a bit sadder and more melancholy than the first book because of the devastation and hopeless lives lived by Americans after a nuclear bomb and also because Julia makes her final decision regarding who she loves. Swank includes in the Epilogue a brief alternate ending which I thought was a neat addition to a story that consisted of what ifs. Also, Swank graciously ended There with the possibility of a third book which excites me to no end! This book deserves a four and a half star rating as well. Happy Reading!!
Reviewer Rating:4.5 Stars
Reviewed by~Cindi
Thank you to the author for the donation of this book to the Read for your future Book program in exchange for a honest review!
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