Monday, July 6, 2015

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Source: Library
Pages: 281
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: January 15th 2013
Series: The Memory Chronicles; Book 1
Verdict: Borrow

SummaryIn this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Earth and mourning what she’s lost-family, friends, and Neil, the boy she loved.

Then a girl in a neighboring chamber is found dead, and nobody but Felicia recalls that she existed in the first place. When Julian-a dangerously charming guy Felicia knew in life-comes to offer Felicia a way out, Felicia learns the truth: If she joins the rebellion to overthrow the Morati, the angel guardians of Level 2, she can be with Neil again.

Suspended between Heaven and Earth, Felicia finds herself at the center of an age-old struggle between good and evil. As memories from her life come back to haunt her, and as the Morati hunt her down, Felicia will discover it’s not just her own redemption at stake… but the salvation of all mankind.

Summary: Also known as The Memory of After, Level 2 is an extremely interesting book. The whole concept of the level between life and death is an interesting subject matter, after all. 

To be honest, this was a bit of a slower book for me. It took me a little while to get going, but when I got going, oh boy, it was great. I think it had to do with the fact that there's a lot going on, which meant more information to process. I say all that in the best way possible, because this book is a book that really picks up as you go along.

The way Level 2 is written is unique because there's a whole system within the system. It's all really cool. I liked how I was reading about past memories as well as the actions and liveliness of the present. 

Felicia offers a very intriguing perspective. We barely know her in the present time as we delve further into her mind in order to discover more about her past and her future. Looking through her memories, we learn more about her and the people around her. Her best friend is introduced and we see a lot of Neil, the boy that Felicia loved back when she was alive. And then, there's Julian, the other boy, the one that is seemingly untrustworthy, dangerous, and swoon-worthy... all at the same time.

There's a lot of action and drama. There's even a bit of humor. It's all very lovely and suspenseful and awesome. What really made it great for me is that I was able to feel what Felicia was feeling as she goes through everything. It was tough reading certain parts of the book, but it was necessary and revealing.

Level 2 is a bit of an odder book for me, but I found that I really liked this one. I was surprised by how it went from low-impact to heavy-about-to-explode-impact. It was a wonderful surprise and I'm glad I kept going even when it was a bit slower. This book is really eye-opening. There's so much going on, and as I got further into it, more and more made sense. All I've got to say now is that this book really makes one wonder about how much one person, one action, and one decision can change a life... or more.

Really enjoyed


  1. I've had an ARC of this book for years! I don't know why I haven't read it yet -_- The ARC is so collector-y, since the cover changed! I'm obsessed with collecting books :D Anyway. I'm glad you liked this one, it sounds like a complete package! Action, drama, humor, romance? But love triangle? Hmm. I hope you enjoy the next book, Grace!

    Excellent review :)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Oh wow! You should give it a go when you get the chance; it's really quite good! And ooh collector-y books are the best! Seems like a good one to have in your collection! :)

      Yes, there is a bit of a love triangle. This love triangle was sort of weird for me though, since recollections are a bit vague for the better first half of the book, but I'm thinking that the next book will be easier for me to follow since I know all (or at least most!) of the details now. I guess I'll have to read on to find out!

      Thanks, Alyssa!

      -Grace :)