Image of Level 2 (Memory Chronicles)


Image of Level 2 (Memory Chronicles)

It’s very difficult to write a book about a dead girl that people want to read; after all, there’s no way the ending can be anything but bittersweet. Appelhans manages this task beautifully in her debut. Readers will root for Felicia and Neil, and, refreshingly, Neil is not even close to being a bad boy. Though the end of the story drags out some spots and rushes through others, the majority of the book is excellent. The way Appelhans mixes memory with plot is exceptional.

Since dying the day before her 18th birthday, Felicia’s existence has been dull. All she can do is relive memories, and nothing she does impacts anything or gives her purpose. Everything changes when Julian, a mysterious boy from her past, arrives. Julian tells Felicia he can help her find Neil, the only boy she ever loved. All she has to do is agree to fight against those running Level 2, and potentially lose herself in the process. (SIMON & SCHUSTER, Jan., 288 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781442441859, HC, 12 & Up)
Reviewed by: 
Meghan Watts