Title: Quanta Reset
Author: Lola Dodge
Series: Shadow Ravens #3
Genre: YA Sci-Fi
Available: 27th Sept
Quanta has escaped her laboratory prison, but that’s where the good news ends.
Life at the Shadow Ravens’ compound is a disaster. She’s drowning in visions of the dark pasts and darker futures of her fellow Ravens and is plagued by her own panic-inducing memories, but Lady Eva still expects her to “train” and “participate in missions.” Plus, the food tastes like burnt plastic.
The only bright spot is her genetic pairing to the brilliant Altair Orpheus. As their relationship grows, she’s positive that chemicals aren’t the only things drawing them together—although chemistry is definitely involved.
While they test the limits of her game-changing new ability to reset time, word arrives from Eva’s agents: Doctor Nagi is still experimenting with her DNA. If he succeeds in duplicating her power…
Forget the Shadow Ravens. The whole world is toast.
Source: ARC from Ink Monster via NetGalley
This is very much a bridge book. If you haven’t read the previous story (Quanta) you will get lost trying to follow along with this one. And it might leave you a little frustrated that the third of Quanta’s books isn’t out just yet.
I found this read every bit as fast as the last one, but Quanta spends most of it diminished, struggling to cope with where recent events have left her and the prospect of her power going out of control. Tair too is playing catch up, wrapping his head around recent revelations and doing everything he can to keep Quanta safe.
Despite all of this, not a lot actually happens. Quanta is struggling, Tair is trying to be helpful, the Ravens are (always) under threat, trouble arises and they go off to try and deal with it. Plenty of questions are raised along the way, but there are very few answers here. Even the ones we do get are thrown out without any explanation of just how and why things have come to that point. Instead everything has a distinct feeling of building towards a big climax.
Which you don’t get in this book, hence me calling it a bridge.
In fact the ending is downright abrupt. It’s not a cliffhanger, as such, but it definitely felt like everything cut off mid-scene.
So overall, while this is definitely important when it comes to Quanta and the Shadow Ravens series as a whole, advancing the plot a bit and deepening the relationship between Quanta and Tair, it isn’t a very strong installment on its own. It was nice to see Cipher and Knight again, and there’s a new character I definitely want to know more of, but I think I’ll like it more when I have the next book to answer all the questions this one raised. As part of a completed trilogy, I think it’ll be great, but as the second book still awaiting an unreleased third, it was just a little lacking in substance for me.
Quanta Reset is out September 27th.
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