Shudder by Samantha Durante
Length: ~80,000 words (348 pages)
Sample Chapters: Ch1-4 (31 pages)
Release Date: June 15th, 2013
It’s only been three days, and already everything is different.
Paragon is behind her, but somehow Alessa’s life may actually have gotten worse. In a wrenching twist of fate, she traded the safety and companionship of her sister for that of her true love, losing a vital partner she’d counted on for the ordeal ahead. Her comfortable university life is but a distant memory, as she faces the prospect of surviving a bleak winter on the meager remains of a ravaged world. And if she’d thought she’d tasted fear upon seeing a ghost, she was wrong; now she’s discovering new depths of terror while being hunted by a deadly virus and a terrifying pack of superhuman creatures thirsting for blood.
And then there are the visions.
The memory-altering “stitch” unlocked something in Alessa’s mind, and now she can’t shake the constant flood of alien feelings ransacking her emotions. Haunting memories of an old flame are driving a deep and painful rift into her once-secure relationship. And a series of staggering revelations about the treacherous Engineers – and the bone-chilling deceit shrouding her world’s sorry history – will soon leave Alessa reeling…
The second installment in the electrifying Stitch Trilogy, Shudder follows Samantha Durante’s shocking and innovative debut with a heart-pounding, paranormal-dusted dystopian adventure sure to keep the pages turning.
Author Samantha has impressed me again with her latest book Shudder. I started reading and it pick right up where Stich had left off. Alessa and Isaac are on their mission to find the headquarters for the rebels. Along the way they are pursued by creatures and Alessa starts feeling strange emotions from these creatures. At the same time back in Paragon a rebel has been captured and stone by the people. She wakes up not remembering who she is and so the leaders of Paragon known as the Engineers give her a new name and tell her the history of Paragon. It was interesting to hear how and why Paragon came to be through their eyes.
Shudder is book two in the Stich Trilogy and unfortunately I do believe you have to read book one (Stitch) before you can understand and enjoy this story. I don’t think it does well as a standalone because I have a feeling you might be lost for most of it.
I loved reading Stitch and I completely enjoyed Shudder, it makes a wonderful addition to the trilogy. I found it to be an easy read, one I had no trouble picking back up whenever I had to set it down. The ending wasn’t a huge cliff hanger but it was just enough that I am looking forward to the last installment. This is a fascinating YA Dystopia series and one I think readers of all ages will enjoy.
(This book was received as an ARC from the author/publisher in exchanged for an honest review.)
— Author Info —
Samantha Durante lives in Westchester County, New York with her husband, Sudeep, and her cat, Gio. Formerly an engineer at Microsoft, Samantha left the world of software in 2010 to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams and a lifelong love of writing. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology, Samantha is currently working full time for her company Medley Media Associates as a freelance business writer and communications consultant. The Stitch Trilogy is her debut series. Learn more about Samantha at www.samanthadurante.com.
Twitter: @SamanthaDurante | Hashtag suggestions: #Stitch, #StitchTrilogy, #Shudder
If you haven’t had a chance to read Stich yet then pick it up now! It is only $0.99!