November 13, 2013

Review: Quantum Entanglement (Interchron #2)




Age Group: Adult
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Release Date: September 17, 2013
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Book Description:

Five months after traveling to a post-apocalyptic future where collectives reign supreme and individuals have been hunted to the verge of extinction, Maggie Harper was returned to her own time until the threat to her life could be neutralized. She thought Marcus and the others would return for her within a few weeks, and now she’s beginning to worry. 

When travelers from the future finally show up to collect her, it’s not who she expected. With the return of her memories, she wants more than ever to see Marcus again, but a snake-like woman whose abilities are a perfect match for Maggie’s, an injured Traveler, and decades of civil unrest to wade through all stand in the way of their reunion.

Meanwhile, Marcus and Karl traipse through the countryside, trying to neutralize Colin, who’s promised to brutalize and murder Maggie if he can get his hands on her. When a collective woman is left for dead, Marcus heals her, hoping she’ll be the key to killing Colin and bringing Maggie back. But she may prove as much a hindrance as a help.

The team struggles to get their bearings, but things happen faster than they know. The collectives are coalescing, power is shifting, and the one called B is putting sinister plans into action. If the team can’t reunite and get a handle on the situation, their freedom and individuality—perhaps their very identity—will be ripped away before they can catch their breath.


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When I first started to read "Quantum Entanglement" by Liesel K. Hill, I was admittedly a little scared. This is the second book in the "Interchron" series, and I enjoyed the first one so much that I didn't want the curse of the sequel (you know the one – when the first book is SO GREAT that you can't wait for the second, but then when it comes, it's nothing but a glaring disappointment) to hit, and for this book to not live up to my expectations that were set with the first book, "Persistence of Vision".

Thankfully, I had nothing to fear. I should have trusted that Hill would continue to keep me at the edge of my seat while reading as she wove a story full of twists and turns and time travel.

This book starts right where "Persistence of Vision" leaves off, with Maggie back in her own time and waiting (not so patiently) for the team to come bring her back to the future in order to fight the collectives, who are forcefully enslaving the minds of individuals. It doesn't take long for a few residents of Interchron to come get her because she is once again put in danger in her own time, however, it’s not the members she was expecting. And this time Maggie's brother Jonah is coming along for the ride as well.

While "Persistence of Vision" was told mainly through Maggie's perspective, "Quantum Entanglement” is more split. The main story tellers here are Maggie, Marcus, who is out with Karl trying to track down the evil Colin to make it safe for Maggie to come home to him, and we also get some chapters from Doc's point of view while he's working at Interchron.

Personally, I LOVED that we got to follow some other characters instead of just Maggie. Nothing against her, but the chapter switching was a refreshing change of pace. I actually found myself more interested in what was happening with Marcus and Karl (possibly because of my insane and unexplainable love for Karl's character).

During these scenes we got to discover more about Marcus, which was beneficial since he's the main love interest for our protagonist, Maggie, as he had flashbacks to when he was growing up with his brother before he made it to Interchron. These flashbacks spoke volumes to the brothers' estranged relationship, and gave the reader much needed insight to Marcus' character.

Another reason to love the Marcus and Karl chapters? Well, Maggie wasn't the only one to pick up a stray for her journey when she brought her brother along. Marcus and Karl find a woman (who they later name Tenessa) badly wounded in a battlefield. Marcus heals her even though they can tell she was originally a member of the Collective, and they bring her along with them on their quest to vanquish Colin, hoping that she'll give some much needed insight.

Can we just talk about how sassy Tenessa is? I'm in love with her. She fights these two men tooth and nail both physically (once even with a rock) and with her words. There's also definitely something brewing between her and my man Karl. He's the only one who can get even a little information out of her since she seems to "hate him less" than Marcus, who she refers to as "Strange Eyes". I'm just hoping there's a lot more Tenessa coming in the next books in the series and that she holds on to her sass.

This book also delved into the subject of time travel more fully than the first story did. Maggie and crew have to make several jumps in order to get to Marcus' present (which is Maggie's future... time travel is confusing sometimes and even the characters don't fully understand it) and each jump does a great job of showing society's deterioration into the dystopian society that Maggie was introduced to during her first visits to Interchron.


The Interchron series is definitely a must read in my opinion. Instead of suffering the second book syndrome and losing momentum like so many other sequels do, this one keeps the flow going and leaves you ready and waiting for book three.


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Author Bio:

Her scifi, fantasy and dystopian are written under Liesel K. Hill and her crime drama and historical fiction are written under L.K. Hill. She lives in northern Utah and comes from a large, tight-knit family. Loves to bake, read, and watch plenty of T.V. And plans to keep writing until they nail her coffin shut. Or the Second Coming happens. You know, whichever happens first. ;D








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