Thursday, July 10, 2014

Throwback Thursday (a bit late): Linked by Imogen Howson

Throwback Thursday is a weekly feature hosted by I Heart YA Fiction.

First of all, I want to explain why my Throwback Thursday review is a bit late. Well, there was a very bad storm this week and I lost power for nearly two days. Sorry for the delay!

Linked by Imogen Howson
Release date: June 11th, 2013
Publisher: Simon and Shuster Books for Young Readers
Source: Hardcover (now available in paperback)
Goodreads link: (click here)

Elissa Ivory lives on the terraformed and colonized planet Sequoia, in the very distant future. All her life, Elissa has been plagued with nightmares, blackouts and headaches, but in the last few years it's gotten worse. The headaches are excruciatingly debilitating and are becoming more frequent and the nightmares are becoming clearer. In these dreams she sees a girl who looks just like her being tortured and she's waking up with bruises and scars. Everyone thinks Elissa is crazy, even she doubts her sanity and only wants to be normal. After seeing a countless stream of doctors, one finally gives her hope in the form of brain surgery. The night before she's about to receive this possible cure, she discovers the shocking truth about her situation. She discovers she has a twin that her brain is linked to and she's been hidden away and used as a guinea pig...and she's escaped. When they find each other, they have no choice but to run from a corrupt government that wants to use them for who-knows-what. They don't know if they can trust anyone, even each other. Elissa wants to help her twin, but while she may look just like her, there's something different about her. She has dangerous powers that she uses recklessly. and she lacks compassion because she's lived a lonely life in agony and despair. There's no way they can be safe on this planet, so the only option they have is to leave it behind. With the help of Cadan, Elissa's childhood friend who is now the quite charming captain of a space ship equipped with hyperdrive, they must evade a bevy of bad guys and cross the galaxy to find some kind of sanctuary. 

Linked is an absolutely fantastic sci-fi adventure. It's got excellent world-building, TWO butt-kicking female main characters, pulse-pounding action, thought-provoking ethical dilemmas, shocking plot twists, electrifying romance and FREAKING space ships! I really, really enjoyed this book. Sci-fi fans, Space Opera fans and anime fans should definitely read Linked. The first half of the book takes place on a futuristic terraformed planet, but the second half explodes into space, which makes me giddy...I love me some Space Opera. 

Linked was released in paperback this week, on July 8th, AND the sequel, Unravelwas also released on July 8th (YAY!). I got my copy of Unravel and I'm SUPER excited to read it!

Read on, my Minions.
<3 Michelle

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