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Slow Burn: The Anchor and Sophia, Book 2

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Absorbing second installment ramps up the adventure.

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This absorbing second installment of a trilogy sets aside world building and establishing characters in favor of advancing the four main storylines with plenty of action, adventure, and intrigue. Author Tommy Wallach deftly weaves the lives of Clive, Clover, Paz, and Gemma toward and away from each other at a Slow Burn, but each storyline advances at a good pace with plenty of twists and turns along the way.

Teens who haven't read the first book, Strange Fire, may not know the characters well enough to feel a strong connection to them, but they will relate to the themes of figuring out right from wrong, putting what you want ahead of others, and whether doing something bad is ever justified if it leads to something good. The plot steadily, relentlessly builds tension and dread right up to the cliffhanger ending that will have readers eager to find out what happens next.

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