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Dead World, Book 2

Gina, Red, Santiago is a werewolf that can’t seem to change except in her sleep. This makes the people of Nuria concerned that she can’t control her wolf, which would put them all in danger. So far, the town while not accepting her hasn’t run her out of town due to her boyfriend, alpha werewolf and sheriff, Morgan Hunter. Still, she isn’t sure how long this good will will last when he leaves town for some personal business and Red is suspected of murdering a man just out of town. 
This book is set in a future US where there are many republics were states us to be and no man lands between them. Everyone is given an identity chip when they are born so they can be kept track of. Without the chip, you are an unknown and can be killed without anyone caring. Cloning is commonplace. Becoming pregnant without help is almost unheard of and STDs are all cured. At some point in time, humans were experimented on and people called “Others” were developed. Others included things like werewolves and vampires. They are not welcomed in many places and some would like to see them exterminated. Nuria is a town of Others, which is why they want to stay under the radar.
Roark Montgomery wants the Others killed, especially Red and her boyfriend. He has the money and power to make it happen. He has a dream of uniting the Republics with him as the leader. Roark has no problems using others to do his dirty work and he has no problems breaking the laws to do it. As he sets up Red in Nuria, he also has his fingers into Morgan’s personal business. Will he be found out?
This is the second book in a series. While I found this book to be okay, I felt as if I was missing a lot of information that was given in the first book. This left me with a bit of a disconnect to this book as I had questions and no answers. This book does try to give some background as to what did previously happened but it doesn’t cover everything. I would strongly suggest reading the first book prior to reading this one so you are up on what is happening.
The story was action packed. There were murders, chases, prison breaks and explosions. There is also a strong love story going on between Red and Morgan as well as a vampire’s interest in Red. There is never a spot where the story drags or nothing is happening. Just when one thing seems to be resolved something else builds on it or something else totally different evolves. With everything going on you would think it would get chaotic but by the end of the book, it is all connected and neatly tied together.
The characters aren’t as developed as I had hoped but I think that is because a lot of their background material was given in the previous book. This isn’t to say that the characters are flat because they are not. I did find them likeable and enjoyed them. Red while very hard core and focused is also soft and vulnerable. Morgan is loyal to the end but is scared of being betrayed by those he is closest to. Many of the secondary characters are brought out with a depth that lets you get and excellent feel for them and you want to see more of them.
I had a very hard time with this review because I had not read the first book. I found this one well written and enjoyable but lacking something which I think I would have found in the first book. The story interests me and ends with me wanting more but I still have more questions than answers. While this book may be published as a stand alone and could be read this way, I strongly suggest that to truly enjoy this series, you need to read the whole series in order.

Book Blurb for Scarlet

War is brewing in a near-future world where murder is all but unheard of and the existence of creatures known as the Others has yet to be proven.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2009 4.00