4 stars

Keri Arthur – Winter Halo (Outcast #2)

When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between worlds, they allowed entry to the Others. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay… The humanoid supersoldiers known as the déchet were almost eradicated by the war. Ever since, Tiger has tried to live her life in peace in hiding. But in the wake of her discovery that Central City’s children are being kidnapped and experimented on, Tiger’s conscience won’t let her look the other way. The key to saving them lies within the walls of a pharmaceutical company called Winter Halo. But as she learns more about the facility, Tiger’s mission is derailed by a complication: Winter Halo’s female security guards are being systematically attacked by an unknown force. Now Tiger must summon all her gifts to stop those responsible for both atrocities—no matter the cost to herself…
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RATING

I was really excited for this book and waited for it on pins and needles since I absolutely loved the first book in the series. Unfortunately it took me a bit longer to start it and finish it than I intended because it came out in the middle of my exam week so I didn’t have the time. Overall I didn’t like it as much as the first book but it was still great.

The world building doesn’t change much and the story is still restricted to the little part of the world where the first story plays out but there is more and more mention of other parts of the country. It’s time because there is the whole government thing going on in the background and it was a bit unbelievable with knowing about only one or two city. With the author superb writing style and unique imagination rears its head again and newer and newer fascinating little elements get woven into the plot. Meanwhile not giving to much information to the readers, not overwhelming them. That’s the good about her writing style, she is really straightforward.
City of light was more about the structure of the world and the powers behind the particular groups, this one pays more attention to the emotional background too it. The plot still goes forward but we see more into Tig head and heart along the way.

Tig’s loneliness is more prominent in this story; hear fear of not being capable of real feelings and only being something they created her to be is intensifies. Maybe because she needs to revert back to her déchat duties to get information. Also what I find quite interesting is that her thoughts and reactions are more humane than any other character in the book yet supposedly she is just some being created to do one thing and it’s not to feel or really think. I like her character more and more. She is strong, smart and kind. She fights for the right things and simply a good person.
Jonas is really pigheaded regarding Penny which causes a lot of problems fro them in the long run. Otherwise warms up a lot toward Tig. Also I like that we get to know a bit much about his past and he starts to show a more playful side of his. The animosity between him and Tig starts to simmer out but both of them have some reserves about this new development. I really looking forward to see what’s going to happen between them especially since there are some interesting possibilities for the next book thanks to a unique experience they go through toward the end of the story.
I really like Cat and Bear character and their playfulness with their power they are the perfect sidekicks for Tig. However regarding Nuri character and her intentions I have my doubts.

What I didn’t like too much about the book is that everything went too smoothly for them. I mean any plan or lack of them really they made just went with only a little bit of complications. Not to mention that over the curse of just a couple of days they found out a lot of things, the information was bombarding them from every direction. But if everything went so ‘easily’ why not do it earlier? So yeah in regards of this I found the plot a bit rushed. Especially after the slow start of the storyline. I still don’t get what is the purpose and endgame of the bad guys, what will the really gain out of their deal but hopefully there are going to be some hints about it in the next book.

It was really hard for me to get back into the story and it started quite slowly but when I reached the end of it I wanted more. This is a really great futuristic fantasy.

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