Friday, January 25, 2013

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend ... and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves.

There are many afterlife books out there, and even more fallen angel books, but I haven't come across a story that meshed the two together so expertly and great.

Right from the beginning we are submerged into the world, or realm rather, that Felicia has been confined to since her untimely death: Level 2. It is there, where throughout the novel, we are taken back via Felicia's memories (that can be accessed and shared almost like renting a movie - how cool is that!), visiting her life before--the life she led leading up to her death.

What I liked most about this story was how Appelhans managed to walk the fine line of genres so seemingly effortless. Though it is considered a dystopian, there were elements of everything; the contemporary aspects were tackled greatly, really examining the struggles Felicia faced in her everyday life, such as her overbearing mother, her distant, dysfunctional relationship with both her parents, and the attraction she felt between her and her best friend's boyfriend, Julian; then the entire atmosphere described in Level 2 felt almost sci-fi futuristicy, while the adventure that goes down mid-way through amps up the excitement.

One gripe I did have however, was that the later half of the book did raise a few questions for me (particularly the events that occurred before Felicia's death), but I'm hoping those matters won't go unanswered and will be touched upon in the sequel.

Level 2 is a unique, imaginative book and just such a great debut. Cannot wait to see what Lenore has in store for us in book two!

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