Synopsis – Melenie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts. Most of humanity has succumbed. Melenie- one of the few remaining “wild” humans – is captured, she is certain it is her end. Wanderer, the invading “soul” who has been given Melanie’s body probes her thoughts, hoping to discover the whereabouts of the remaining human resistance. Instead, Melanie fills Wanderers mind with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body’s desires, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she is tasked with exposing. When outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off on a dangerous search for the man they both love.
Review: Meh. The characters are interesting and so is the premise. That works to its advantage. But, most of the book is kinda slice of life style and seems to drag on in some places. The author makes one invested in the protagonists’ struggles but the ending is easy to see not too far in. I have read this book twice but I forgot the entire beginning, apart from the hook. That is not a good thing because in writing, the beginning of anything, regardless of genre, must catch a reader’s attention. Yes that happens in the first chapter or two but that is all. It starts out fast paced, expanding the details we know without going on too long. But it starts to slow down and in my opinion, drags the story down far too much. Yes, there are times when the readers and characters need a breather from this sort of adventure to absorb things but that doesn’t need to take three to five chapters. It likely needs three at the maximum before moving on to something else. The pacing is messed up, leading to a boring experience when there aren’t action scenes. Some of the dialogue is forced closer to the start but it flows more naturally through the rest. The best part of the book is having character development a plenty. You get to know the characters that matter but still makes them interesting. There are no stereotypes in this book but rounded out characters that are believable. There is enough known to see that both sides of the main conflicts have reasons and the grey area is extremely large compared to the black and white areas. I enjoyed this book but it is a bit forgettable. The content is good in the form of conflict, character, morals, and setup but the pacing pulls it back from being better than it could be. 5/10