Return of the Continuums by Jennifer Brody - Book Review

Friday, April 7, 2017

As Myra Jackson and her friends set out to find the First Continuum, Captain Aero Wright and two companions from the outer space Second Continuum find themselves banished for treason and stranded on Earth. Wright has vowed to complete his late father’s mission to recolonize their ancestral planet, but his true mission is to find the mysterious girl who haunts his dreams. Meanwhile, Myra and the young refugees of the underwater Thirteenth Continuum must make an unlikely ally if they are going to survive the hostile surface world and reach their destination, the nexus of humanity’s hope for survival. As their paths begin to converge, the Beacons that guide and connect Myra and Aero begin to prove their power, and a shadowy force with a centuries-old grudge reveals itself. (Goodreads)

Thanks to all the world-building being taken care of in the first book, Return of the Continuums was a much easier and entertaining read. However, the story still has many flaws and falls victim to tropes that have been overdone in the young adult genre. My annoyance with the main female character (Myra) has not changed, though. She often comes off as arrogant and helpless and I do not understand how she could be considered leader material. Many of the problems her group faces are due to her own stupidity. It makes sense that since she is a teenager and that she grew up living underwater in a submarine that she would not be equipped with all of the knowledge she needs in her situation, but the author keeps pushing her as intelligent and adaptive. She is neither of those things. If only Myra was not so annoying, this book would have been much more enjoyable. However, I did really enjoy the new characters, lore, and the environment of the seventh continuum, though. The writing for the events that take place there is the best in the series so far and I hope that the amount of action we see take place there, reoccurs in the future at other areas.
Regardless of its failings, I believe it will be intriguing to find out what is going to happen in the first continuum in the conclusion of the trilogy and how everything is going to end. Hopefully, it does not suffer yet another problem often seen in YA and have a disappointing third book.

Rating: 3.5/5
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