Author: Jennifer Rush
Release: January 6th 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Paranormal, YA
#3 in the Altered trilogy
Series: Altered (#1), Erased (#2)
An action-packed, romantic, and suspenseful third book in the Altered series.
The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen and the flashbacks to their old lives are only getting stronger--especially Nick's.
Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers and in search of the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives in full of secrets and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.
“Anna likes the flowery shit.”
He paused for a second, then said, “My sister.”
I am so disappointed, so massively disappointed you cannot even understand. Not only because my ship did not sail at all, but also because this was a fucking filler novel. A companion novel about how Nick gets his own happy ending, because apparently every semi-serious character always needs to have a romantic partner, otherwise their storyline just isn't well-rounded. Fuck that shit. This book felt like a cheap joke, some way to make more money out of this trilogy and I am PISSED.
It did not even have to do with the plot line of the first two books, like, at all. Sure, the villain was still the Branch and all, but it was a whole new story plucked out of thin air. Where did that suddenly come from? There were zero indications for anything pertaining to this new project the Branch was working on in the first two novels, where was the fucking build-up to this? Also, as far as I know, Nick wasn't having flashbacks about some mystery girl in Altered or Erased. The whole fucking plot of this third book came so out of left field with absolutely no warning, I am left gaping.
I thought this would be the grand finale of finally tearing the Branch down once and for all, getting rid of everyone who's left supporting it etc blah blah, but it wasn't even the same freaking cast of characters. Sure, Cas, Sam and Anna, even Trevor, make cameo appearances, especially at the end, but save for a few calls here and there it was only Nick who was familiar and suddenly there's this new girl Elizabeth who even has her own POV chapters and I'm just sitting here like What the hell is going on?
Needless to say, I did not enjoy this. Not one second of it. Most of what is happening is basic 0815 paranormal plot anyways, the setting is boring and stays the same throughout the whole novel, the new characters are uninteresting and flatter than a stick figure with just as much personality as one. Fuck that. Not even the mystery that needs to be solved is very intriguing at that, there is literally nothing that keeps the reader reading on. I was so, so tempted to drop it around 50% because there was nothing fucking going on. It was such a drastic change from the action-packed first two books of the trilogy, it just further drives my point home that this was some sort of trick to milk the cow some more.
You won't believe how freaking angry and frustrated I am. I think I'll just forget this third book existed in the first place and be content to fondly remember the first two. Seriously, a finale as shitty as this one can really stain the whole trilogy and that makes me even madder, because I seriously enjoyed the first two books a lot, and now this makes me want to renounce any attachment I ever had to this series at all and it's ridiculous. Why did Rush have to go and do this?!
PS: How the frickle frackle did Elizabeth never even question the fact that this guy looked like he almost hadn't aged at all?! She was fucking twelve or thirteen when he rescued her looking like he was sixteen and he still looks like a teenager six years later. But no, she doesn't question that at all because she's a fucking idiot. Not only that, Nick remembers her only as a frightened child, so how the fuck is it even possible for him to think about her sexually. That's so creepy what the fuck even.
PPS: Wouldn't surprise me if she's gonna do another book/novella on how Cas finds his own happy ending.