In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly.
Determined to escape from TOR-N, a corrupt Narxis research center, Davis meets another recovered patient, Mercer, whose sweet smile and quirky sense of humor give her hope in humanity again—and a way out. As they make a perilous journey seeking clues that could lead to a cure, Davis and Mercer’s friendship begins to evolve into something more… but she’s still struggling to let go of her feelings for Cole, whom she believes is dead.
Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity in order to compete in the Olympiads—where Imps have now been invited to compete against Priors. He begins training with Mari, the intense and rebellious daughter of a retired fighter, but through trials and tests that are both exhausting and exhilarating, he finds himself in over his head—literally.
Will both Davis and Cole have the strength to resist temptation? Will they have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking? Will their love survive across the divide?
Review (3 stars)
Torn is the second and last book in The Feuds duology. I must say that I’m really liking this ‘duology’ type of ‘series’ as I won’t have to wait yet again for the next part of the series but the story is just right in length. Feuds ended in a bit of a cliff-hanger and I was keen on continuing Davis’ and Cole’s journeys; coming from opposite ways of life, they face what is basically a insurmountable challenge to be together and stay together. By the end of Feuds, they were torn apart.
Thankfully, the story is told from two perspectives, Davis’ and Cole’s, so we see what challenges they had to tackle on their own. Davis is still her wise old self albeit a very sad one but otherwise still a very together and confident girl. I really like that she’s not totally consumed with the thought of Cole. On the other hand, Cole was still just as determined to survive and fight for a better future, for his family and for Davis.
I’ve enjoyed having to explore this world a little more as other parts of the world was introduced, a load of interesting new characters, and some Hunger Games-esque twist (not quite sure whether I like this last bit; one part of me thinks it’s unnecessary). It was a little disappointing that we didn’t get to see Davis and Cole together for most of the book but I think the meeting point was so very sweet that it kinda made up for it. For me, anyway…
Torn was a breeze to read especially since I’ve picked up the jargons from the first book. The ending, I felt, was too rushed which, therefore, I think, left a couple of continuity issues and/or loose ends. In saying that, I read an uncorrected proof, so maybe it’s fixed in the published copy.
Thanks St Martin’s Press for copy of eARC via NetGalley
Avery Hastings is an author and former book editor from New York City. Avery grew up in Ohio, graduated in 2006 from the University of Notre Dame and earned her MFA from the New School in 2008. When she’s not reading or writing, Avery can usually be spotted lying around in the park with her affable dog. Like her protagonists, she knows how to throw a powerful right hook and once dreamed of becoming a ballerina. In addition to New York, Avery has recently lived in Mumbai and Paris, but is happy to call Brooklyn home (for now).
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