Review: Ascendancy (The Van Winkle Project #2) by Karri Thompson


Title: Ascendancy
Author: Karri Thompson
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing 11/30/15
Length:   248 Pages
Series:  Van Winkle Project #2


I’ve been lied to, deceived, and manipulated-again. You’d think I’d be treated with dignity and respect. I’m the one who’s supposed to save humanity, right? I’m the one with the power to re-populate this dying world. But the clones want to control me, force me to give birth over and over again. And my daughters will face the same fate-unless I change it.

My awakening into this future should have been a chance for a new life, but it just promises a living death. With Michael on my side, though, maybe I can save us. He’s the only person I can trust.

I hear rumors of others… A secret society is growing. Tension is building.

A rebellion is imminent.

My Thoughts

Where we ended book 1 was an intense place – knowing that Cassie and Michael were on the run w/ baby Victoria in the hopes of finding their twins that were taken and creating a version of the Van Winkle Project that they could all get behind.  Things do NOT seem to be going well for them as folks that they felt they could trust are proving otherwise and they have really no idea where they are going and what’s next.

This 2nd installment of the series takes us on quite a roller coaster.  They trusted the leader of one of the regions to lead them to a safe haven in Tasma, not only to be reunited with their twins but to jump start the VW project in a safe way to really help society thrive.  Of course things aren’t always what they seem though, and others who seemed to be on their side are not to be trusted, and what results is a lot of death, chaos and another fight for their lives.

We spend much of this story with Michael and Cassie, trying to find their way to safety, figuring out where their children really are, trying to find out who’s behind a secret society and what it’s truly about.  and of course, just trying to keep life growing since she’s really the only line of life with fertility as an option.

What i love about this series so far though is the way that the character dynamic continues to evolve and play out.  I still don’t know who to trust and our main characters are constantly faced with the question of whether someone’s for them or against them.  There’s the expected teen romantic angst, jealousy and what not, but knowing that Cassie was forced to grow up a lot faster once she was awakened – well she’s dealing with the future of humanity on her shoulders and it’s an interesting place to be.

The key word ‘newlywed’ is their savior most of the time, and it’s kept them alive so far.  At the tail end of this 2nd book, we are reunited with Travel (Victoria’s father) or the close that we ‘think’ is travel – so i think that’s going to be interesting to see if it’s him or not.  We also see that the evil president Harrington is back and perhaps behind everything – so we’ll have to see how that plays out.  We have VW2 in our sights, but no sense of where Victoria is or VW3, so that’s yet another complexity to it all.

I can’t wait to see where book 3 takes us.  Are we going back to the Regions, are we going to Tasma?  will Shen Lung be found?  and what’s the deal with the Society?  is their rebellion reality and what will it mean?  who’s truly behind it and how much information do they have and know?  On that note – Happy monday – and i’m searching out book 3 already!

Review: Mirror X (The Van Winkle Project #1) by Karri Thompson


Title: Mirror X
Author:  Karri Thompson
Publisher/Year:  Entangled Publishing  6/30/14
Length:  320 Pages
Series: The Van Winkle Project #1


I was born more than a thousand years ago. Put into a cryogenic tube at age seventeen, forgotten during a holocaust that decimated the world, I’ve finally been awakened to a more serene and peaceful future. But things at the hospital are new and strange. And it’s starting to scare me. Everyone is young. Everyone is banded and tracked. And everyone is keeping secrets.  The cute geneticist Michael Bennett might be the only good thing in this crazy new world where “life is precious” but no one seems free to live it. The problem is, I don’t think he’s being totally honest with me, either. When I’m told only I can save the human race from extinction, it’s clear my freeze didn’t avoid a dreadful fate. It only delayed the horror…

My Thoughts

I don’t know why it took me so long to actually read this since i got the copy care of NetGalley, but i’m glad that i finally did.  I”m a sucker for all things dystopian, and well, this one was a nice new twist on things.

As the overview hints, we meet Cassie when she’s been awakened about 1000 years in the future, at a time when the population is dwindling fast because a plague had killed off 50% of the pop and left all women infertile.  They are surviving on cloning people, but they are quickly running out of fresh DNA.

It’s only when the medical staff comes across the cryo pods from STASIS that they find Cassie and find that she’s fertile and able to be awakened.  What we get in this first installment of the series is a story about Cassie trying to come to terms of where she is in the future, with no one she knows and trying to adapts to a new technology and way of life.

She’s also forced to work through what the staff at the hospital want from her – for her to be a breed mare of sorts – to give birth as many times as she can in her life – with only girls so that she can help repopulate the world.

Of course things are never quite as they seem and it’s only the very last twist that Michael – one of her doctor tells her that makes things really interesting.  I think that i was fully expecting most of the story to be as it was, but the twist was nice.

I’m not familiar with our author Ms. Thompson, however i think that she did a great job of beginning to show us the world and giving us some good supporting characters.  I like Dr Bennett – Michael, and i hope that he and Cassie get their happy ending.  I also really like Magnum – and his heritage which we learn from this story.  I guess the question just becomes what will he be able to do for them, since he’s a tech genius and things aren’t going exactly as planned when this story ends.

So many questions and so many things to see if they get answered in the next installment.  What is Tasma and what will the idea mean for Cassie and Michael and VIctoria?  Will Magnum be able to help save them?  Will they figure out a way to make the VWP work in a way that they are comfortable with?

Since i don’t know when book 2 will be out, i’ll have to wait quietly and patiently, but i hope that you guys get your hands on this book now that it’s out.  Enjoy!

and…here are a few links provided by the publisher to buy the book