Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Review of Level 2

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Title & Author:
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans
Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:
January 15, 2013
ARC from BEA

Three levels. Two loves. One choice. Debut novelist, Lenore Appelhans has written a thrilling otherworldly young adult novel about a place that exists between our world (Level 1) and what comes after life (Level 2).

‘I pause to look around the hive – all the podlike chambers are lit up as the drones shoot up on memories … I’ve wanted to get out of here before, but now the tight quarters start to choke me. There has to be more to death than this.’

Felicia Ward is dead. Trapped in a stark white afterlife limbo, she spends endless days replaying memories, of her family, friends, boyfriend … and of the guy who broke her heart. The guy who has just broken into Level 2 to find her.

Felicia learns that a rebellion is brewing, and it seems she is the key. Suspended between heaven and earth, she must make a choice. Between two worlds, two lives and two loves. – Goodreads

I cannot tell you guys how awesome Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans is – I mean, awesome to the point that I’m practically giddy just thinking about it.

And, okay, I’ll admit my bias straight-up – I’ve met Lenore a few times and she’s super sweet and nice. But that’s not it, I swear. Level 2 is a creative, mind-blowing story – one that I would have loved either way.

For one thing, the concept. There are some books that I just can’t even grasp and it blows my mind thinking about someone coming up with and Level 2 is definitely on that list. But in a seriously awesome way, you know? Because I love books that totally blow my mind.

The world building in Level 2 is intense. Lenore Appelhans definitely knows how to create a visual and intriguing world. I loved the idea of the Hive – er, not that I would ever want to be in it. But just in general.

And I loved Felicia. She’s not just a cookie-cutter, badass protagonist. I mean, she’s totally badass and super snarky, but she has issues like every protagonist should. She was really relatable, despite her unique situation. And Julian. I like boys like Julian (at least in books). The ones with the hint of mystery and badboyness. I’m still not sure how I feel about Neil.

If you’re looking for an intriguing, unique, and awesome story about what could happen after death and all the craziness that comes along with it, definitely check out Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans. Level 2 is a debut that is certain to blow your mind with its phenomenal world-building and compelling concept.

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