Dystopia, Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Review: ASCENDANCY | THE VAN WINKLE PROJECT by Karri Thompson

I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated—again. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity and respect. I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this dying world. But the clones want to control me, force me to give birth over and over again. And my daughters will face the same fate—unless I change it.

My awakening into this future should have been a chance for a new life, but it just promises a living death. With Michael on my side, though, maybe I can save us. He’s the only person I can trust.

I hear rumors of others… A secret society is growing. Tension is building.

A rebellion is imminent.

4 Stars

Science Fiction | Dystopian | Young Adult | Romance

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with InkSlingerPR in exchange for an honest review***

And we are back! Whew. Who is ready for it? I know I am comrades!

ASCENDANCY was definitely a bit of fresh air after reading MIRROR X. There was more emotional rollarcoaster’s that this book took the reader for, there was more character depth shown and I felt there was a better steadiness to the pacing. 

Something that I felt really struck out this time about Cassie was that she was embracing her feminine heroine side. In MIRROR X I felt at many points she was becoming overshadowed, almost inferior to other secondary characters as well as the romance with Michael, but here in ASCENDANCY I felt Cassie was growing as an adult and circling into a more developed character. She really just turned into a more powerfully, strong willed character, one that I personally could actually connect with more than I did previously. 

Plus the moments of finding the little enjoyments? Hilarious. 

And speaking of hilarious moments, the dynamics between Cassie and Michael shifted, a lot more towards the better in my opinion. I am still on the fence with how I fully can appreciate his character but I will say he is slightly growing on me like a leech, possibly good. I think it was how different yet similar Cassie and Michael are that struck me – Michael being from the current timeframe and Cassie from the 21st century, it was interesting to see how they both reacted. 

Personally I am happy I stuck with the series, ASCENDANCY really proved to grow in the right direction for me to keep my attention. I am still really enjoying the concept, the overall backbone of the plot dynamics and I can actually say I rather enjoyed this installment. I am definitely look forward to see how this one ends! 

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About Karri Thompson

Award-winning author Karri Thompson, a native of San Diego, California, grew up hanging out at the beach, playing sports, and eventually attending San Diego State University where she earned her bachelor’s degree in English and master’s degree in education. When she’s not nerding out at San Diego Comic-Con or watching Star Wars and The Lord of the Ring’s movies for the umpteenth time, she can be seen doing normal people stuff like cooking delicious meals for her family (she attributes all her culinary skills to the Food Network) and watching her son’s football games. In her spare time, she writes young adult and new adult fiction (new adult under the name Kalli Lanford) and loves listening to hard rock music and going to concerts. She hopes to live long and prosper, and that you will, too.

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