Friday, December 15, 2017

I AM SLEEPLESS: The Huntress by Johan Twiss

From Goodreads:

The plan was simple—escape, join the rebellion, find the Reader. But nothing is simple when Director Tuskin sends his Huntress after you. In this thrilling sequel, Aidan and his coterie are put to the test after discovering the secrets of Sim 299. When Director Tuskin destroys the sim system, Aidan, Fig, Palamos, and Masay are forced to escape the Mount Fegorio training complex and enter the outside world for the first time since their birth.

But when things don't go as planned, the team must band together to survive and to avoid being captured by Sheva, the Huntress.

My Take: 

It's been a year since I read the first book in the series I AM SLEEPLESS SIM 299 (read that review HERE). I found it easy to slip back into Aidan's world, even though I didn't remember details from the first book. The mystery grows, even as the pieces and clues pile up. There are things you "know", but knowing only brings about more questions. In my mind this is proof of great science fiction writing.

Aidan and his coterie barely escape from Mount Fegorio. With all the trials arising from trying to reach a contact for the rebellion, Aidan starts to experience the defects associated with his Prime traits for the first time. He has to learn how to deal with the challenge of occasional blindness and shakes while also avoiding capture by Sheva, the Huntress.

Sheva is simultaneously easy to hate and to feel a deep sadness for. I even found myself feeling bad for Tuskin, and he's evil or crazy at best. I know, I should hold my judgement until we know all the specifics of what made him the way he is. Masay is still a great big question mark in my mind. Good? Bad? What really is his agenda? We also see more of the "normal" civilization where humans and Primes sort of co-exist. There's a lot going on, making book 2 in the series more complex and full of depth without being overwhelming. A great balance.

I give The Huntress a 4.5. Now we wait for book three!

1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure


  1. That is the sign of a good book. Deepening mysteries and being able to get back into it after a long absence. Sounds interesting.

  2. I totally agree and can't wait for the next book.


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