Seventeen-year-old Henry Malone's mind is no longer his own—along with the sum total of humanity’s knowledge, another consciousness has been stuffed into his brain. It plagues him with visions, speaks and acts through him, and worst of all, it’s killing him. He's quickly running out of time, and if he dies, all of humanity’s knowledge goes with him. His only hope for survival is finding Planetary Link's top Neurotechnician, Doctor Carter. But in order to get to her, he must cross into a world where his actions have plunged society into chaos—then compel the Doctor to betray her employer before his own mind destroys him.
Just so you know that this review does have some major spoilers in it. The authors writing is pleasing and gratifying and the book started out just as amazing as the first book in the series but then things went awry. It is segments of the plot that lead to confusion, leaving me as a reader wondering what was taking place. Riya had the most growth as a character and had to dig deep inside herself to find the strength that she needed to get through the horror she suffered. For that reason, in my eyes she has the most relevance in this story. Henceforth, the confusing, strange and bizarre begins.
A.L. Twelve Fourteen was the place all knowledge known to man was to be stored and from the first book we know that Henry uploaded it all into his brain. Yet, what is it that Henry actually uploaded? A cult from the past that had uploaded their own minds somehow on to a type of computer device is what I took away from it. Oh poor Henry, he was the best character in the story. I never understood what he is a conduit of? Maybe in book three, we will find out. Also, if Josh was giving individuals visions through their NEX, how was he able to get a vision to Chief Ourai if he had no NEX? Kurei appears in the plot as a forceful character turning the story in a strange direction. It is not good versus bad anymore. The story is now bad against bad.
I will still keep reading the series. Sometimes what one reader likes another does not. I still think M. Stephen Stewart is an amazing writer. I can not wait to review book #3.
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M. Stephen Stewart is a graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. He makes his home in Indianapolis with his wife and two dogs. In his spare time, Matt is an avid sports fan, gamer, and reader, who loves to connect with new people. You can usually find him around town with his wife, exercising, or in front of his computer working on a new project.