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NO SECOND CHANCE.
Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live—after she dies.
There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.
In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, longtime enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms who will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t home to the boy she’s falling for? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…
Tenley or as she’s nicknamed Ten is locked up in a mental asylum by her Myriad parents. She lives in a world your first life is just a pre-condition, where you must choose one or the other warring factions: Myriad or Trokian. Once a person vows one of the sides they are part of that lifestyle for all eternity. Both sides want her for she is supposedly a general in her second life. She meets two boys, both are enemies, both are vying for her attention. Will she leave the first life undecided or will she choose with her heart or her brain?
I can say a lot of things about characters, and I haven’t been annoyed by a character this much since Anastasia Steele in FSOG. Only because the excessive counting of numbers and mathematical equations in her head were super annoying. Sure she has a love of numbers but yikes I kept getting interrupted from the story by this excessive need to count. Then there’s the fact that Ten also uses recent street slang and colloquiums that are found in our society today, which made me wonder what year it was. Because their technology is a lot more advanced but I couldn’t guess what year it was so I naturally went with it. It was superbly annoying! I don’t understand why she trying to be so jokey when it felt so flat. Ten also couldn’t stop swooning over the boys. I know hormones are all a rage, but please try to focus on something other than a beautiful face. I just couldn’t relate or understand Ten’s character. It also felt that she was dragging her decision for the entire book. At least I finished this a second time around only to find out which side she chooses.
I knew which team I was on from the very beginning. All signs pointed to him and I actually liked him because he felt genuine. The other guy is your typical bad boy who is aggressive and sure and strong. Naturally I wasn’t on his team at all. Their dynamics were interesting and so was their history. I was surprised that I actually liked it when all three appeared on the page.
So there’s the whole plot which involves which side she’ll choose. And which boy she’ll end up loving.. That was it. The entire book is her trying to survive or die trying, it was intensely boring which is why I DNF’d it. The writing isn’t bad, but when you get a main character that is annoying you at every thought, it’s hard to like.
Honestly, I’m not going to end up continuing on with this series. The pacing and dialogue were too cringeworthy and boring all at the same time. The last few chapters made up for it, but honestly when only the likable character I like ends up being *blank blank*, it’s hard to like it or stay with it.