Series: Vision #2
by Lisa McMann
Published by Simon Pulse on October 8, 2013
Genres: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Source: the Publisher
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**I was given a copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.
Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.
Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…
Just as a warning to anyone who has not yet read Book #1 in the Crash series (see our review of CRASH, book #1), this review will be spoilery for that book. If you have not read it and do not want the ending ruined for you, TURN AWAY NOW.
“It’s been over a week since Sawyer kissed me and told me he was seeing a vision now, and it’s all I can think about.”
I absolutely loved the first book in this series and was excited to receive an advanced reader copy of BANG, book #2. Now, in typical sequel fashion, I was expecting the second book to be somewhat less exciting that the first, either because the plot would be too similar or the story wouldn’t move as smoothly. Boy was I wrong! Bang was a refreshing new take on the original story line. While it did continue the story from book one, this book could be a stand-a-lone and just as well-received.
Bang is the continued story of Jules and Sawyer. However, while Crash focused on Jules’ battle with a family history of depression and suicide, Bang is the story of Sawyer trying to decide where his moral compass lies and how far he will go to help a stranger.
After Jules figured out a way to stop her vision from coming true and thereby saving Sawyer’s life, she finds that she is blissfully free from the vision and is trying to get back to a normal life. While the crash did not fix everything in her life and things are still tense between the Angottis and the DeMarcos, they have found that they can at least attempt to act civil toward each other. And Jules and Sawyer found that they no longer need their parents approval to see each other. They are building their relationship together. However, what Jules doesn’t know is that while she is now free from the crippling visions, she has inadvertently passed them along to the very person she saved, Sawyer.
This was the most interesting part of book two and what made it so different from Crash. While Jules was spurred toward figuring out her vision because it involved Sawyer, his vision contains only complete strangers. He must face the decision to either ignore the vision or put his own life at risk to save people he does not know. I mean, come on, what would you do? I would like to say that put in the same situation, I would choose to save them only because it is the right thing to do. But at the same time, I have my own family and life to consider, so I don’t know if I would. This book makes the reader pick a side, do you sacrifice for a stranger or do you let your self-preservation rule.
Bang features all of the same characters that I loved from Crash: Jules and Sawyer of course, but Trey is still a major player as is all of the DeMarco family. We are also introduced to a few new characters that have a part in Sawyer’s vision. Ben Galang is a college freshman and the secretary and leader of a group called the Gay-Straight Alliance. Now, although I did not touch on it before, these books also touch on a very interesting and powerful subject. Trey, Jules brother, is gay. We get a small touch of this in Crash as it is mentioned that although their parents know about this, they have chosen to simply ignore it, as if not discussing it will make it go away somehow. But in Bang, the subject matter is forced into the forefront when Sawyer finally pieces together that his vision is depicting a rather gruesome hate crime. Trey is brought out into the limelight a little more in this book and I am really hoping that book three will be centered around him.
The action and pacing in this book was thrilling and smooth, keeping up the tradition from book one. A fresh new take on the Visions story line, bringing to light social issues and challenging the reader to question how far they would go to save a stranger, Bang is a must read!