Shudder (Stitch Trilogy #2) by Samantha Durante
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
It's only been three days, and already everything is different.
Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa's life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she'd counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she'd thought she'd tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she's discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.
The memory-altering "stitch" unlocked something in Alessa's mind, and now she can't shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers - and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world's sorry history - will soon leave Alessa reeling...
The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante's shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.
First off, I would like to say a huge thanks to Samantha for being such a wonderful person and an equally wonderful writer. Without her, the world of books and dystopian-filled worlds would not be the same without her genius Stitch Trilogy. I thought she was done surprising me, but in Stitch’s newly released sequel, Shudder, she has proved me wrong.
Starting Shudder, I had little idea where the story was going to go. I had little predictions that might go somewhere, but in the end...nothing went as planned. Shudder has so ferociously shown me how quickly good things can turn bad. When things should've been heart-lifting, but ended up heartbreaking. There wasn’t a moment where I was privy to the whole plot. Samantha keeps you guessing throughout every page, ever chapter. Roads she could've led the plot down are erased and then rewritten. She puppeteers the story into a direction you wouldn't think possible. Yet again Samantha breaks all boundaries before set.
Paragon--the city where humanity continues to survive--is being tainted more and more as the world spins in Shudder. Paragon's vile leaders constantly makes things harder for the people who live there. If there is any villain that deserves to be stopped, it is the leaders of this retched city. Villains who think their path is the righteous one are often the ones who I hate the most. Alessa, one of the main protagonists, agrees whole heartedly. But, her want to keep the people around her safe soon begins to overcome her. I feel like Alessa’s struggle between her heart and the right (or possibly wrong) thing was the greatest fight. One doesn't really find out right or wrong easily. Most of the time, things are both right and wrong. Or neither. In Shudder, Alessa fights this battle the most. Her love for the people around her makes her both weak and strong.
The character’s that live inside these pages are some of the most well crafted things I've ever seen. To be able to describe a person to that detail takes some serious talent. I've not read a book before with such detailed characters and probably never will again.
The intellect as well. Not many writers can write this well when it comes to this point. I feel like most writers in the YA/NA genre write too simplistic. Shudder’s (and Stitch for that matter) writing is intellectually and beautifully flowing.
Yes, yes I did thoroughly enjoy Shudder. The twist and turns that make up this novel’s plot astounds me. I wasn't disappointed with a sequel for perhaps the first time in ages. Stuck, the last novel in the trilogy, will definitely be on the top of my to-read list.