REBORN by Jennifer Rush
Hachette: Little, Brown
released January 6, 2015
Rating: Liked it
NO ONE INVOLVED WITH THE BRANCH WAS EVER INNOCENT. ME INCLUDED.
The Branch is in shambles, but Anna, Sam, Cas, and Nick can't rest easy. Remnants of the organization lurk unseen, and the flashbacks of their old lives are only getting stronger - especially Nick's.
Following scattered memories and clues from his Branch file, Nick sets off alone in search of answers - and the girl who haunts his dreams. But the sleepy town where she lives is full of secrets, and Nick soon learns that uncovering their shared past may have deadly consequences.
Experience the Branch through Nick's eyes in this action-packed finale to the Altered saga.
I absolutely LOVED the first book in this series, Altered. It was one of the first books shoved into my hands at BEA 2012, and I read it while waiting in lines for other books and signings. Several people asked me what I thought, and their answer was me not being able to formulate a decent answer while obviously trying to get back to reading. Anna and Sam's story drew me in completely, and Erased continued it. For the last year, I've been looking forward to reading about how Anna, Sam, and the boys take down the Branch.
Reborn is not that story, which is a total bummer.
On its own, Reborn is a good story featuring Nick, letting us get to know him better while simultaneously giving him a happy ending. It turns out Nick's been having flashbacks featuring an unknown girl who's been shot in the chest, which is understandably disturbing. Nick and Anna do some digging and eventually scare up some information on Elizabeth, who lives a few hours away in Illinois. Elizabeth has secrets and a scarred past of her own. Nick and Elizabeth work to piece together the entwined mysteries of their pasts.
Had there been any build-up to this in the first two books, I would have absolutely loved Reborn. However, since Anna and Sam dominated the first two books and the overall story was about taking on the Branch, Reborn felt more like a companion book than the finale of the series. Not to mention that - much like the show that this has always reminded me of, The Pretender - there is no real resolution with the Branch. That is left wide open.
I really hope that Rush manages to add more books to this series! This can't be the end!