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  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Reprint edition (31 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062060791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062060792
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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The thrilling and romantic second novel in the Incarnate trilogy, a fantasy series about a girl who is the first new soul born into a society where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.As a Newsoul, Ana has always felt alone. Some re

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Debby (Snuggly Oranges) on 21 Sept. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Man, this is only my second ever ARC review and just like the last one, I can't rave about it. I really wish I could, but my conscience says I can't. Ultimately my conclusion about this one is that it suffers, in my eyes, from middle book syndrome.

I liked Incarnate! I liked it a lot. It was light, but that fit the mood I was in, and the concept was great. The romance was nice. The second book obviously couldn't stay so light forever. I mean, the mystery involved in the process of reincarnation and the creepy Janan meant there had to be a darker tone. But my main issue with it is this: only very little of the book actually answers the ton of questions the first book left behind. Some 40 pages in the middle and the last 60 pages really provide answers. And of a 400 page book, that's not that much. And obviously, that's not enough room to give a LOT of answers, so there's still plenty of mysteries to be solved in the third book.

So what does this book contain? Romantic melodrama. I know, say it isn't so, but it is. In the first book, I enjoyed the love story between Ana and Sam because it was sweet, light, and so easy to digest. In this book, it's not so much that they're fighting, but Ana is dealing with her fear of saying "I love you" while Sam is endlessly patient (perhaps even frustratingly so), and Sam is struggling with how others perceive the relationship. Realistic, for sure. And in my opinion, if Sam was completely ignorant of the pseudo-pedophilic element to the relationship, that would have been even more weird. But what I struggled with was that these internal battles took up so much time and space, while I was waiting for answers to the mysteries, and it made me grow a bit tired of both characters.
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I really enjoyed the first book in the trilogy, Incarnate, even though I was a bit surprised to find that it was 80% romance and 20% plot. It had a tone and style very reminiscent of Sharon Shinn, and that's a big compliment as Shinn is pretty unique.

Asunder is a different type of book. There are plenty of references to Ana and Sam's relationship but it is oddly dysfunctional, as they seem to have gone backwards since their mutual understanding and chemistry in Incarnate, for no apparent reason. It was also rather puzzling that Sam would suddenly realise that there's a 5,000-year age gap, and more to the point react pretty badly when his best friend points this out. I was hoping that Ana would then kick him, walk out, or otherwise have a go at him for it, but she only does that, eventually, for about a minute *sighs*. As a result, Sam seemed rather weak and vascillating compared to the previous book and Ana was, at times, annoying.

Relationships in general were a bit of an issue, as it seems that plenty must have happened 'off-camera' since Incarnate as Ana is now best friends with a whole host of people who haven't really figured to date. It was hard to distinguish between the friends' characters (especially as so many of them are apparently in love with Sam) and indeed the rulers' characters. Rather summed up by finding that one of these friends who is keen to have Ana at the birth of her baby turns out to have been in a relationship with another friend (who is the father of the baby), but Ana didn't know about it and doesn't seem to think it was odd that she didn't know about it.
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Format: Hardcover
Wow, hats off to Jodi Meadows, if book 1 was great, Asunder has all the great and some more for good measure!

We are getting some answers finally, as Ana keeps going through her journey and more questions that only the inquisitiveness of the New Soul can raise. There are big issues dealt with in these books, the hate of those who are different, the dismissiveness of those who we consider inferior... all of that started in the first book, and it's taken into even higher stakes in here.

There's so much of Heart's story that we don't know about, and apparently not even their own inhabitants are aware of it! Anna's discover part of Janan's secrets, but still there's so much more to find out about, and the threat is bigger than ever!

And in the more personal level, Sam and Anna deal with more troubles in their relationship, dealing with their own issues and differences, and dealing with some external influences, all of it well wrapped in some amazing swooniness!

I just can't wait for book 3 and hopefully all the answers to the questions left and others that might come up in the last book itself!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kendall on 1 Aug. 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was so excited when I found out that I won a signed ARC of this book from a contest on Jodi's blog as I adored the first book in the series! I have to start by saying that Jodi's writing is absolutely beautiful! I found myself captivated by her attention to detail and her descriptions in the book and her writing style is original and fresh which was amazing! I have to be honest and say that I did have to go back and actually re-read the last few chapters of Incarnate before I started reading Asunder to remind myself where Incarnate ended! I freaking loved this book though! It was an amazing sequel to Incarnate! The plot of Asunder was slightly confusing up until a certain point and then I couldn't put it down! I didn't have my own ideas about where the plot was going to go so I didn't really know what to expect but what I got exceeded my expectations and it blew me away! The plot continued on from Incarnate and some questions raised in the first book were answered as well! There was also lots of action in this book which I loved! I re-connected with the characters as soon as I started reading again as well! Ana in this book grew so much! I honestly wasn't expecting her to become as strong as she did but I loved her determination and her changes! I also loved that she stood up for herself and all the other newsouls! Sam in this book was amazing! I loved that he stood up for Ana and that he protected her! I also felt so sorry for him during a particular scene but I can't tell you which scene or it will give away a spoiler! Ana and Sam's relationship was slightly fragile at times during this book but they always found a way to mend it back together and it was perfect! I also loved their relationship development!Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Better than the first, beautifully written with terrific characters 4 Feb. 2013
By Christina (Ensconced in Lit) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was lucky enough to receive a beautiful ARC from HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.

If you read my blog and my reviews, you may recall that my issue with the first book, Incarnate (though I really did love it), was the pacing. The beginning was too slow, and the end was a jumble, while the middle was absolutely terrific. Asunder has none of those issues. As I predicted, Meadows has only ripened her craft and improved with time.

Asunder by Jodi Meadows continues where Incarnate has left off. Ana, the NewSoul, is still an outsider in Heart. Havoc and destruction have come down on the city, and because of this, soon Ana will not be the only NewSoul. There will be more born. Ana makes it her mission to prevent NewSouls from having the same awful childhood that she had. Along with Sam, the OldSoul who loves her, and a few other close friends, Ana learns more about herself and what she truly believes in.

The pacing was terrific. It starts off strong and ends even stronger. This book definitely does not suffer from middle book syndrome. If you loved Sam in the first book (I did!), you'll love him even more in the second. At first, I was worried he would be portrayed as too perfect, but then he would do something silly, and I would be relieved. I love all the descriptions of music and how this plays such an important role in their relationship. The plot kept me interested the whole way through, and secrets are revealed at the right time and place. We get to see more character development of some side characters, which I enjoyed. And we get to learn more about sylph and the mysteries of the Temple. Now, I'm dying for the finale.

Overall, an amazing followup to Incarnate, a complete novel in its own right, with beautifully written prose and terrific characters. I can't wait to get my hands on the last book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Follow Up To Incarnate! 31 Jan. 2013
By Step Into Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I fell in love with Incarnate. I wasn't sure what to expect from that book and I got sucked in. I just remember some of the things I was tweeting to the author, Jodi Meadows, who I didn't even know at the time, while reading the book. That's the first time I've ever tweeted an author while reading their book, with my reactions to things, it was entertaining. Especially a specific part of the book... Now, going in to Asunder, I knew this world, these characters and I couldn't wait to get more. I am satisfied. I am happy. I am sad.

The beginning of Asunder is the people of Heart trying to move on and cope from Templedark, where they lost many of their friends of 5,000 years. Not easy to do. If you've lost someone, you know how hard that can be but we didn't have the pleasure of knowing that person for nearly as long as these people have. Dealing with this kind of permanent loss is impossible. However, they have to deal because no matter what, they won't be getting those souls back. It's a very sad time but also an awkward time for Ana because a lot of these people blame her when it was never her fault. But when in doubt, blame the Newsoul/nosoul, right?

This book is filled with love, pain, betrayal, sacrifice, violence and healing all mixed in to one. Ana goes through a lot of hardship in this book, more than the first book, I think. What makes it worse is she's made plenty of friendships and now she has so much to lose whereas she only had things to gain in Incarnate. The birth of a Newsoul is almost enough to cause a riot in the birthing room and if it's a sign of things to come, it's going to be a dangerous path for all newsouls.

One person that Ana can always count on is Sam. He's never judged her for being a Newsoul even from the very first time he met her. He found her unique and intriguing. It's easy to misjudge a situation and think the worst of someone. Just keep that in mind...

I really liked Ana from Incarnate. For being so judged and hated on just for whom she is, not someone she could control, she is incredibly strong both in mind and will. I didn't think I could like her much more but alas, I have been proven wrong. She is a force to be reckoned with. There is so much growth throughout Asunder that I'm in awe. I sit here wondering, is this really the same Ana we met jumping off a cliff in Incarnate? Truly, it's really her? I love her (in a totally platonic way). Seriously. You've Incarnate, right? So there's no reason you shouldn't read this. I do love it a lot and the ending...that ending. *sigh* Plus, look at those covers. Aren't they just breathtakingly beautiful? Butterflies and roses...very important to the story...

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A GREAT follow up for Incarnate! 13 May 2013
By Gretchen @ My Life is a Notebook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There was no way I could love this book as much as I loved Incarnate. I just had to accept that fact before I cracked the spine. The second books in series' have a hard time measuring up as a rule. There was also no way that anything could replicate the absolute gush of emotions that Incarnate stirred up in me. With that in mind, I was ready to accept Asunder as it came. Honestly, it came pretty darn close to Incarnate.

The shining light in these books is Ana, and that stayed true for the entirety of Asunder. In a world of books where I can tell the main character is the imagination of the author, I always feel like she is a real person. She isn't perfect, and she is always growing. I am constantly amazed that Meadows can show just how young she is compared to all the other souls in Heart, yet it never seems like a bad thing. Every other time authors have tried to make young adult characters act young, they tend to end up whiny and annoying. Ana's inexperience and ignorance keeps her real, and can sometimes be a strength. Her relationship with Sam sometimes verges on being clichéd true love, but every time Meadows reins it in and reminds us of the age gap or another obstacle that they have to work through.

Sam, on the other hand, I'm a little bit frustrated with, though I can't tell if that's the reaction I'm supposed to have or not. I say that because he's obviously frustrated with himself, and what he wants from his and Ana's relationship and what the societal conventions are telling him. Hopefully, his choice at the end of the book is going to clear this up. What choice you ask? Don't be ridiculous, that's a spoiler.

The plot of this book was overall really amazing. I didn't get the same amount of wow factors as I did in Incarnate until the end of the book, but that also may because I was more familiar with the book. Some very interesting characters were introduced, which kept subtly playing with the themes of love and relationships that I gushed over in the first book--and were also just awesome. I will say that I saw almost every plot twist coming, or at least figured it out early enough into the device that it felt that way. I'm still really conflicted about how the book ended as well, but I can't talk about that because SPOILERS. If you felt the same, give me a shout out on social media or something and we can chat about it!

All in all, Meadows continues to delight me with every page, and this series is definitely one of my new favorites. I never usually have a huge connection to main characters, but I so wish Ana was real so we could be best friends--she certainly feels real! I respect every decision Meadows has made with Ana, Ana and Sam's relationship and the general themes about love that run throughout the book. In multiple reviews I have asked authors to write a believable teen character and a real romance that doesn't need a love triangle to thrive, and Meadows has gone over and above my wildest dreams. My heart may be rent asunder when I get to the end of the final book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Breathtaking! 19 Feb. 2013
By Jon (Scott Reads It!) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Asunder was simply breathtaking. By the time I reached the final page I was immediately craving the sequel. Asunder took everything I loved about Incarnate and fixed everything that didn't work in Incarnate to create a novel of epic proportions. Asunder is one of the few sequels that outshine their predecessors.
I am warning you that there will be spoilers for Incarnate!

After the catastrophe that was Templedark, many people that died became darksouls (souls who wouldn't reincarnate). Ana has become a scapegoat and people are getting suspicious of her. Many of the citizens of Heart start to feel more contempt for Ana when she figures out how to interact with sylphs in a new way. Ana is still struggling to fit in Heart, to fall in love, and to be accepted. I don't want to say much more about the plot because I am afraid of giving something major away.

I love the world Meadows created immensely because it is just so brilliantly done. Heart is a place that I can vividly picture due to the spectacular imagery Meadows wrote in the New Soul trilogy. Any complaints or questions I had about the world building were either fixed or answered. Heart is unlike any other setting I have ever read about because it is so exquisite. I can't wait to find out what other secrets are hidden in Heart in book 3.

All the characters in Asunder are nothing short of spectacular. My favorites are Sam and Ana because their relationship is truly touching. I don't think I have ever been so engrossed in a character's romance. I got so involved to the point when I wanted to jump into Asunder and shout at all the New Soul haters. It sounds crazy but that is the kind of raw emotion I experienced when reading Asunder. I really enjoyed learning more about our protagonists and I hope their relationship remains intact. I love reading books where the villains are absolutely terrifying and Asunder features villains that were horrifyingly wicked.

Asunder is a breath-taking romance that swept me away! I was completely immersed in the beautiful world of Asunder and I couldn't stop reading. I was so compelled to read Asunder that by the time that it was over I craved a sequel desperately. I was immersed in Asunder that I didn't really care about the world around me. I could have read Asunder through an earthquake without even noticing because it is that compelling. Nothing else mattered to me but Ana and Heart while reading Asunder. Asunder is that gripping that you'll want to read it one sitting.

I truly loved learning more about Janan, Slyphs, and just Heart in general. The mythology of Heart that Meadows created was really interesting to read about and was one of my favorite parts of Asunder. One of my original complaints about Incarnate is that I didn't really understand the reincarnation, Janan or the slyphs. Meadow's explanation of reincarnation was truly haunting and unforgettable. Heart is no longer that the lovely city I wanted to live in book 1, now it's a place full of deceit and lies. I am so desperately to find out what secrets the walls of Heart would reveal if they could talk (for those of you read Incarnate, that was a joke meant for you!).

Meadows's latest book turned me into someone what of an emotional train-wreck I desperately need book 3 to the point where I am ready to resort to begging. I am almost 100% positive that book 3 will be called Ascend and if you've read Asunder you can probably guess why. Asunder is my favorite book I have read so far in 2013 and it is one of the best dystopian books ever written period. That shocking plot twist revealed is haunting me still days after finishing Asunder. Words fail to describe the awesomeness that is Asunder. No words could express how much I enjoyed reading Asunder and how much I desperately need to read the 3rd book. I beg thee Harper Teen to release the cover or title soon because I dying of suspense. I am convinced that the wait till book 3 is released is some new form of intense torture that is tearing me apart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic Sequel! 31 Jan. 2013
By Jen--Jenuine Cupcakes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Incarnate (especially Sam) and was so excited when I found out I would have the chance to read Asunder early. I made some tea, slipped on my fingerless "Ana" gloves that I asked a friend to knit for me, settled into my favorite reading spot and proceeded to get nervous. Why? Well, I was afraid of the sophomore slump. What if I didn't like it? What if Sam gets eaten by a dragon or a Sylph sneezes and burns all of Heart down?

I should've known I had nothing to worry about especially when Jodi Meadows didn't even make me wait 10 pages before the kissing began! *smiles REALLY big* The pacing is perfect and the world building detailed. I laughed, I cried and I was completely freaked out by the temple and those creepy heartbeat walls. *thumpthump thumpthump*

I love how smart, strong and selfless Ana is and that she's willing to stand up for others no matter the cost and trust me, there is great sacrifice in this book. *cries* I also enjoy her reactions to new and unfamiliar things; one scene in particular had me laughing so hard I cried.

"...someone would be in charge of shutting the door." pg. 83 (ARC)

I appreciate that Ana's relationship with Sam has been allowed to develop and grow in a way that feels realistic. He supports and encourages her but he's also patient. He knows how difficult her life has been and that it's not easy for her to love or allow herself to be loved. Sam has faith in Ana and believes she is capable of far more than anyone could've imagined. Their relationship gets tested in ways that I thought would break my heart for sure. (I tend to get a little attached to fictional characters.) In one particularly heart-wrenching moment, where Ana really needs Sam to come through for her, I found myself walking away from Asunder until I was sure I would be able to handle the outcome. (Like I said, "attached") Sam always wants to do right by Ana and it's not hard to understand why everyone falls in love with him, I mean, I think there's only a handful of people in Heart who aren't in love with him. Clearly, they are the real nosouls. *winks*

Asunder really is a fabulous sequel and it reads like a beautiful orchestral piece. (OK, I realize that sentence and my fancy word usage may not make sense even though it does in my head, but I really did feel like I was reading a song, or listening to one of Dossam's masterpieces.) Incarnate readers who were left wondering about slyph, the fate of newsouls or how the heck this whole reincarnation trend got started in the first place need not worry. All of those questions (and then some) are answered but you probably want to make sure you have tissues handy.
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