By: Mary Fan
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Adventure
Publication date: 12.31.2013
Amazon link: Synthetic Illusions
Date read: 2.27.2014
Recommended by: Read 2 Review
Summary: Illusion is the only reality.
Jane’s new career as a composer is a dream come true, but her blossoming relationship with Adam is marred by his terrifying nightmares. When Jane receives a warning that a shadowy agency is targeting Adam’s seminary school, she rescues him in the nick of time, but the only way she can protect him from such a powerful enemy is to run.
In a shocking betrayal, her brother wasn’t the one who warned her about the attack on Adam. Instead, Devin was leading it. As Jane struggles to keep one step ahead of Devin, Adam’s exhaustion gives way to horror: His nightmares have begun to touch the real world.
Jane can’t abandon Adam to a fate worse than death, and far more than Adam’s life hangs in the balance. As Jane pushes further into the dark unknown, she must challenge everything she once believed in, and she faces the most wrenching decision of her life: choosing between the two people she loves most.
Mary Fan has been an author on my radar since early 2013 when she released the first book in this series. When the opportunity came up to be one of the spots on her blog tour for the second book, I just had to have her on. So, stop yesterday for interview, stop today for review. I am so glad I did. Not only is she a really nice lady, but her book was EVERYTHING I expected it to be AND MORE. I immediately got pulled into the adventure and, even though there's mention of what happened before (I admit that I have not read #1), I am not confused in any way - she "explains" enough that you have an idea of what happened, but feel the want to go back and know the full story (this could be a stand-alone because it's not necessary for this particular story to know ALL of the details of the past story). The adventure is exciting, the characters are likeable (in fact, you feel a sort of empathy for each one, a shock at the things that come), there are plenty of moments that had me on the edge of my seat (which is, as far as I'm concerned, the only way a true adventure science-fiction should be) and a lot of fun to read. I enjoyed the worlds that she created as well and, even though there are slow moments (someone told me once that every science fiction adventure needs those slow moments so that the fast moments really catch your breath), this book was amazing and a series that I will definitely read more of.
My favorite character: Riley. He is a hacker ... and awesome. Though, throughout this whole story, I really have no idea what he looks like and I kept, for some reason, picturing him as this gamer guy that is on the internet (who reminds me of Eric Cartman). It's weird how your brain automatically slips in its idea of what character's should look like.
My favorite line: "Twenty-nine was far too young to have given up on life. Devin had let Sarah become his world, and losing her had left him blind to hope."