Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Title: Asunder
Author: Jodi Meadows
Publication Date:January 29th, 2013
Publisher:Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Purchased

From Goodreads

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Asunder. What to say about Asunder? I guess I should start by letting you know that it is the sequel to Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. Did it live up to the first one? Not only did Asunder meet the high standard set by Incarnate but it surpassed it! If this is Jodi Meadows new trend then I’m not sure the world is prepared for the next book.
Asunder picks up after the first book and for the first chunk of this one we get to see Ana and Sam off on a wild adventure to figure out what Ana’s father was doing with sylph. Right from the beginning I knew something was up with these dark creatures. One of the early scenes in the book features them reacting to Ana’s music. It was a dark and creepy scene and I loved it.
Speaking of dark and creepy, one of the things that I really enjoyed about Asunder was its sinister feeling. This book was much darker than the first, and while I loved the first because it was happy, I love this book even more because of its ominous nature. Jodi Meadows really outshined herself on that level.
Coupled with beautiful writing and a dark composition this novel really takes us to a more serious nature than the first. One of the things that I loved about the storyline was the inclusion of the possibility of more New Souls. This is something that seems to break apart their society. For five thousand years these one million souls have known nothing other than themselves and each other. They thought Ana was an anomaly, a freak of nature never to happen again, a no soul. Now after Templedark, the showdown at the end of Incarnate, the reality that some souls will never return and others will take their place is upon them. Jodi Meadows displays the way that society reacts to deviations from the norm perfectly and it all comes to a show towards the end of the novel leading up to one of the most amazing scenes I have ever read.
I wish I could gush to you all about a certain amazing scene, but I can’t. You all need to see for yourself what it is. I’ll give a hint though. Everything will come together when Ana enters the temple. She goes in a few times so you will just have to read it for yourself to see what I’m talking about! This book definitely deserves all five stars!