In Book 2 of the Immortal Game trilogy, Edie must learn the rules of the game . . . and then play better than anyone else.
Through a Faustian bargain, Edie Kramer has been pulled into the dangerous world of the Immortal Game, where belief makes your nightmares real. Hungry for sport, fears-made-flesh are always raising the stakes. To them, human lives are less than nothing, just pieces on a board.
Because of her boyfriend Kian's sacrifice, she's operating under the mysterious Harbinger's aegis, but his patronage could prove as fatal as the opposition. Raw from deepest loss, she's terrified over the deal Kian made for her. Though her very public enemies keep sending foot soldiers--mercenary monsters committed to her destruction--she's not the one playing under a doom clock. Kian has six months...unless Edie can save him. And this is a game she can't bear to lose.
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published: August 4th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends
Three and a half stars: A unique and interesting book that takes the series in an entirely new direction.
Edie Kramer's entire life has turned upside down. In less than a year, she has gone from the bullied, ugly girl with no friends, to a girl who is now caught in a life and death struggle. She is a pawn in the ongoing war between the Immortals. Edie has already lost her mother, and now she is in a race against the clock to save her boyfriend Kian, who sacrificed himself to make a deal with one of the Immortals to save Edie. Now Edie must try and find a loophole, but there are few she can trust in this deadly game. Can Edie find a way to save Kian?
What I Liked:
- What a fascinating, creepy and interesting read. Public Enemies is a book that blends suspense, mystery, paranormal and horror as well as mythology into one unique read. This book is completely different from the first, and it takes the series into a whole other direction.
- I was intrigued by all the gods, their origins and their part in the war. The one that steals the show is the Harbinger. He is creepy, mysterious, mischievous, funny and untrustworthy, but you can't help but be drawn to him. I was left wanting more and more of this strange guy. Is he truly evil or is there perhaps a smattering of goodness in him?
- I was pleased that this book left the whole revenge theme behind that was so prominent in the first book. The teen angst and high school drama are gone. This book focuses on Edie trying to fight back against the monstrous Immortals who see humans as nothing more than throw away pawns in their deadly game of war against one another. The plot revolves around Edie growing and changing as she learns to take a stand against the diabolical Immortals, and fight for those she loves.
- I am enjoying the mythological angle of the book. Many gods are presented, and I am intrigued as to how they fit into the story. The unmasking of Lilith and the meeting with Death were particularly memorable. Surprisingly, one of my favorite characters ended up being Buzzkill, the murderous clown from the first book. Buzzkill is an internet invention, urban legend come to life. He actually ended up being kind of funny, and I liked the unlikely partnership between he and Edie. I hope there is more of the killer clown in the third book.
- The story builds to an exciting battle scene after plenty of twists, and then there is a big development that sets up the third book, and again promises to take the story in a whole other direction. I am eager to see where it will go from here, and how it will all work. It does end on a cliffhanger, so reader beware.
And The Not So Much:
- What really held this read back for me was that I was struggling from severe book amnesia. It has been a year since I read Immortal Game, and I was lost for the first portion of the book as I couldn't recall who was who when it came to the Immortals and who they were pitted against. There was very little recap in this one, and it was hard to pick up the story and fit it all together, I think the reason for that is the story is so different from the first book. I can honestly say that this a series that I would recommend waiting to read back to back as the complexity of the story is hard to follow if you are reading them a year or more a part.
- Speaking of the Immortals, it got to the point where I felt like I almost needed a glossary to keep them all straight because they often had more then one name. For instance, Fell is actually Death and Dwyer is the sun god. Confusing!
- The romance was one of the weaker story lines in the first book, and it continued to be unimpressive in this book. I am relieved that there aren't any love triangles, and there isn't unnecessary drama, but Kian was weak in this book, and it bothered me that he took a passive stance regarding his fate. Why wasn't he fighting harder to be with Edie, and why wasn't he actively trying to help her find that elusive loophole? His all about showing love through altruistic sacrifice, which is admirable, but I want a guy who is going to fight.
Public Enemies is an interesting unique read that moves the series out of the worn out tropes of the YA genre and instead takes it into new and exciting territory. I am liking the story of the Immortal Gods using humanity as their pawns and the endless and ongoing war. I did struggle, though, with severe book amnesia and I found myself lost because there was little recap. I think this series is one that is best read back to back to avoid confusion. I am eager to see how the third and final book will play out.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.