Saturday, June 4, 2011

Equilibrium (Portal Chronicles Book 2) by Imogen Rose

Equilibrium (Portal Chronicles Book 2) by Imogen Rose
Publisher: Imogen Rose
Release Date: 7/14/10
Pages: 358
Grade: C

GoodReads Synopsis:  It's not every day you see a naked body slumped by the side of the road.

This ominous sight is just the beginning of a mystery that will span two dimensions.

When California teen Arizona Darley and her siblings go missing, their mother, Dr. Olivia Darley, discovers that the time-travel portal she invented has been hijacked.

Is the hijacker responsible for the disappearance of her children? Have the children been transported to another dimension? If so, the police and FBI will never be able to find them, and Olivia Darley must find a way to rescue her children on her own. How will she do this without access to the portal?

Review: Equilibrium picks up, literally, right where Portal stopped. Like this was originally one 700 page book and they cut it in half.  Because I read Portal and this book back-to-back, it didn't bother me, it would otherwise.

When we left my review of Portal, Arizona had just had a long talk with her Mom about her "Steven's existence in a Darley Environment"...But before Arizona has a chance to come to terms with what her Mom told her, she, her boyfriend, and siblings get kidnapped. REALLY??? I felt like the author couldn't come up with a plausible way for Arizona to deal with her feelings and her Mom so she threw in the kidnapping to avoid it. By the time kidnapping scenario is resolved, Arizona has totally forgotten about everything that led up to the kidnapping.  To deal with the kidnapping, the author introduced a new aspect to the "time traveling".  Also, new for this book was the addition of storytelling from multiple perspectives...I guess I like an old-fashioned "omniscient" perspective rather than six different voices and viewpoints.  I probably would have graded this lower except for the fact that I do like the characters as well as the authors style (for the most part). I have the 3rd book from the series and will read it next to see where we go from here.

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