torn book coverReviewed by Jessa Larsen

Davis has been shipped off to Tor-N, a Narxis research center that might not be doing the good things it has been advertising to the public eye. While there, she meets another patient, the quirky Mercer, who gives her a glimmer of hope that all might not be utterly and completely lost as well as a potential spark, if she can get over the loss of Cole, her one true love. Together, Davis and Mercier quickly put together an escape plan and look for clues that will both reveal a cure as well as reveal the true intentions of the doctors in charge at Tor-N.

Cole, on the other hand, has faked his death and is in the midst of adopting a new identity so he can compete in the Olympiads. He trains with Mari, the fiesty daughter of a retired Olympiad competitor and he is truly dedicated to winning so that he can save Davis and be reunited with his one true love.

Torn is the concluding chapter of the Feud series but the first book I’ve read in the set. Perhaps if I’d read the beginning of Davis and Cole’s stories, I might have found them more endearing, or rather endearing at all. Like the tsunami of supernatural love stories after Twilight became a hit, Feud reeks of the same “strong female character in a post-apocalyptic setting” we’ve grown to love in The Hunger Games as well as the Divergent series.

I understand Cole fighting his budding feelings for Mari; his whole purpose is to have the means to save Davis. On the other hand, Davis thinks Cole is dead and I think we could have focused on the grieving process instead of making it sound like Davis equated falling for Mercer as cheating. I could be completely off, but it just felt like the storyline was trying too hard.

Without spoiling anything, the whole “experimental plan that came about since the exact character we needed just conveniently walked up to the door” idea was a little too convenient and thrown in there without any preamble. I also felt that if the author was going to go through all the trouble to add the convenient character, we could have focused a bit more on that character; I would have liked to get more details. Instead, that set of characters were constantly forgotten for long stretches at a time.

Overall, I think this was an OK story with tolerable characters, but with all the other series being made into movies and overshadowing it, I see Torn and its companions being lost in the rubble.

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

Jessa lives in Utah with her husband, two kids, two small chihuahuas, and a cat called Number One Boots Kitten. She balances her work as a website admin with her hobbies of watching anime and playing video games.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.