Author: Paula Stokes
Series: Vicarious #2
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
Winter Kim is back and ready for revenge in this explosive follow up to Vicarious.
Winter Kim is on a mission. After her sister was murdered and the only ones she loves were taken from her, she finds out she has a brother she never knew about. His life is in danger if she doesn’t travel to South Korea and confront Kyung, the man responsible for all the misery in her life. Helping her along the way are her friends, Jesse and Sebastian. Together they gain access to Kyung’s corporation and try to gather as much information as possible to get her brother to safety and get out alive herself. Winter must decide if the revenge she is seeking is worth risking everything or will she be able to release the darkness within her.
The follow up to Vicarious picks up right where things lift off in the first one. Vicarious was very action packed and moved at a quick pace, Ferocious takes things down a notch and moves slower for several different reasons. The main point of this story is the revenge Winter is seeking. Revenge takes planning, planning takes time, which ended up making the story less action packed and slower. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the set-up of what Winter was going to do was well laid out giving the characters more depth. Even though I can’t call this as action packed as the first, there certainly were a lot of twists and turns that kept me guessing until the very end. As far as I can tell, there isn’t another book to follow in the series. I can see the story mostly wrapped up here but there are still a few threads that could be played out further if the author decided to pursue the storyline further. I recommend this book to an older YA audience that enjoys thrillers with plenty to keep them guessing. It is marketed as a YA but I don’t think a few of the themes would be appropriate for the younger YA audience.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.