Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1), by Lenore Appelhans
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Angels, Romance, Fantasy
Rating: 2/5 stars
Book #: 1
Publication: January 15, 2013, by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Goodreads Summary: 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 drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.
Then a girl in a neighbouring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia 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 centre 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.
Me after finishing this book:
*grumpy cat face* I am so disappointed with this book. I was hoping for the best, even though there are so many negative reviews out there. Since this was released, I have wanted to read this. But I actually didn't know that this was about angels- I thought it was a dystopia. Don't be alarmed and don't be surprised when you hear the whole angel-heaven-hell-afterlife thing going on.
As I always do when I decide to pick up a book, I hope for the best. I always try to ignore the reviews, whether they're good or bad, even though the good ones always get me pumped up and excited. I really shouldn't have wasted my time reading this book.
There were many times when I was thinking of DNF-ing this book. Those times were around 16% and 60%. I'm sitting there, looking at my Kindle and looking at the amount of time left until I finish the book, and am wondering, should I keep on reading this? Well, guess what. I was in a good mood and decided that the book will win this time. *sighs*
This is about Felicia, who died the day before her eighteenth birthday. She is now stuck in Level 2, the afterlife before Heaven and after Earth. All she wants is to get out of there and find her love, Neil. Then Julian shows up- a charming guy who loves Felicia from the start. Apparently if Felicia joins a group to rebel the Morati, a group of guardians in Level 2, she'll be able to find Neil again and spend the rest of her life with him.
I really liked the concept of this book. It was a fresh, new science-fiction mixed with angel idea, and I know that people will come to love it forever. That's basically one of the positives with this book. But a lot of things were negative and they made me dislike this book even more, and that's really sad to say.
The plot had its ups and downs. I felt like it was a stumpy roller coaster ride. There were points when I was enjoying the book so much that I couldn't put it down, and then there were times when I just wanted to throw my Kindle across the room because of hate. (Hate for the book, not my baby Kindle- he's too priceless to throw.) There were times when I was bored out of my mind and times when I wanted to scream in amazement. I don't know.
The characters were hideous. I hated Felicia. She was an absolute bitch who didn't know what she wanted and thought that she was capable of doing anything, but then she ends up making the stupidest decisions. There was one part when Neil/Julian (So bored I can't remember) kissed Autumn, and then she went and kissed the guy, and that's how Autumn and her friendship broke apart- because Felicia needed attention to satisfy her and her needs. She was a stupid bitch, it's disgusting to think about her actions. Oh, and she even didn't know which guy she wants, when we obviously know that Neil is the best and hottest. (DUH)
I hated Julian. He was an absolute man-sl*t and I totally imagined him so ew-ish. If you like him, I'm sorry, you better stay away from me. He was just like Felicia, and I totally ship him and her together because they both make stupid decisions and never know what they want. So, ta-da! Neil is for me. *grins sheepishly*
So Neil was amazing, I loved him and he's so easy to relate to and you just want to eat him up because he's too cute. Ah! *screams*
Another negative thing was that this book was too confusing. The author really tried to make this clear and everything, and I could tell, but it was all mumbo-jumbo. So much confusion was happening to me, I didn't know who was who, what was what, what reference meant what, and that really frustrates a reader, if you know what I mean. It just makes me sad. :(
In conclusion, I really disliked this book. The ending was bad, the characters were bad (except for Neil) and I was bored at times. I don't recommend it and I won't be reading the sequel.
-Plot was boring at times but had its positives.
-I was confused a lot but I liked the concept.
-NEIL WAS AMAZING.
-Felicia and Julian were both stupid, so they go well together.