Sunday, October 2, 2016

Review: Quanta Reset by Lola Dodge

Title: Quanta Reset
Author: Lola Dodge
Series: The Shadow Ravens #3
Genre: YA/Sci-fi/Dystopia
Publisher: Ink Monster
Publication Date: September 27th, 2016
Edition: Kindle Edition
Source: NetGalley
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     Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.
     Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
     The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
     While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
     Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.


This book picks up pretty much where the last left off, and it feels much longer than just a year ago that I read that book. It wasn't hard to get back into the story, and but it was harder to reconnect the characters. Cipher made an appearance and had a bigger presence in this book than she had in the last. She is a character that I really wanted more books for as she was the character that introduced me to this world.

Quanta is a great character, and I liked Tair. However, I am not really a fan of the protagonist being 100% dependent on her love interest. I understand that she has unstable DNA and that through genetic manipulation Tair helps keep her stable but she doesn't seem to be able to function without him next to her. And I have a hard time liking a character who is that dependent on somebody else.

The first half, actually a little more than half, of this book is really slow and drags from time to time. And a lot of what was happening to Quanta became redundant, most of her struggles were the same from the start of the book to the end, and she would say the same things over and over.

I would've given this book a higher rating if it hadn't taken so long for things to feel like things really got going. There was a lot of talking and planning for what the next action should be, rather than action for what should be done next. They talked a lot about there being an urgency for needing to move their compound but they took so long to actually do so.

For me, because it took so long to get to the climax of the book, it felt a little anti-climactic.  Am still going to read the next book in this series, but I would like to have a different main character. This series started with Cipher but she has been mostly been ignored in this series.  It's gotten to the point where you don't really have to read her book to read Quanta's story.

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