November 1, 2013

Review of Revelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2) by J.A. Souders


Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.

But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths of the ocean. Elysium. Home.

But she can’t exactly tell Gavin what she’s feeling. Not when he’s the one who helped her escape Elysium in the first place, and has the scars to prove it. Though the doctors say otherwise, Gavin believes that Evie just needs time. And if her memories don’t come back, well, maybe she’s better off not remembering her past.

But the decision may be out of their hands when Evie’s ever-elusive memories begin to collide with reality. People and images from her past appear in the most unlikely places, haunting her, provoking her…and making her seem not only strange but dangerous.

Evie and Gavin can’t wait around for her memories to return. They’ll have to journey across the Outlands of the Surface to find help, and in the end, their search may just lead them back to the place it all started…

add to goodreadsRevelations (The Elysium Chronicles #2)
by J.A. Souders
Publication Date:  November 5, 2013
Publisher:  Tor Teen

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You can check out our review of Regenade HERE!

Gabby New

When I first read Renegade by author J.A. Souders I remember being hooked right from the start. The characters had taken a hold of my heart, my emotions had been torn apart and the thrilling, action-filled race from the underground city Elysium had me dying to read what would happen next to characters Evie and Gavin. So, when I got to read Revelations I was over the moon. Finally I would get to find out what would happen next between Gavin and Evie and see the outcome of their escape from Elysium and to the Surface.

Since her escape to the Surface, Evelyn Winters a.k.a. Evie has spent the last six weeks with barely any of her memories. She barely has any idea where or why she is on the Surface and is trying to adapt to the new society around her. The only person she has to give her a sense of who she used to be is Gavin Hunter who loves her more than anything. Finally, Evie can start things over but it doesn’t take long for her to discover that she doesn’t fit in on the Surface.

However when Evie begins to have violent fits involving her memories from being an Enforcer she finds herself leaving for a trip with Asher and Gavin, Evie heads on a search to find a way to reclaim her memories. Heading out into the Outlands what Evie learns is that her search may lead her to her memories but also lead her to places she doesn’t want to go. The same place that she and Gavin fought so hard to escape: Elysium.

Finally! Finally we get to see the world Gavin is from and the Surface and learn all of its mysterious ways! Revelations is all about the Surface and Evie’s discoveries of who she is and what her purpose is. What I love, love, loved about Revelations was finally getting to learn what happened on the Surface and find out about the war that ravaged the world and forced Elysium into existence. It’s in Revelations where we learn where Mother’s lies came from and get to see more backstories. Including Mother’s.

What I remember from Renegade was being in love with the relationship between Gavin and Evie. They were both always so cute and romantic and… ugh, perfect. I loved getting to see them again and getting to see the price of their relationship slowly get raised. Before they were facing Mother and her Enforcer’s now they’re facing the dangers that come with the Surface but they’re facing it together. For the most part.

Revelations does tie up a lot of loose ends from Renegade and also leaves some crazy plot twists that just leave your head reeling. My only real problem with the novel this time is what I loved so much about Renegade and that is pacing. For me personally, I felt that the pacing in Revelations wasn’t as fast as it was in Renegade and would reach low points that left my mind wandering off and bored. Which was somewhat disappointing since I was looking forward to more action/romance/fast-pace thrills like what came in Renegade. Apart from that though the novel was stellar.

I would recommend the Elysium Chronicles to readers who are looking for a sci-fi/dystopia that is bursting at the seams with amazing romance, readers who are big fans of forbidden romances and star-crossed lovers and to fans of the first novel (like myself) who just cannot wait to find out what will happen next to the characters introduced in Renegade. Super excited to find out what will happen next in this series!



J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble. 

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She now lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, SFWA, YARWA and SCBWI.

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1 Comment

  1. Joyousreads

    Iron and Wine!!! Love, love. :)

    I haven’t read the first book to this series yet but it sounds like it’s something I’d enjoy. The world – first of all is something I’ve been curious about.

    Great review, Gabby!

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