Book Review: Vigilance Book 2 of the Regina Shen Series by Lance Erlick

My daughters and I enjoy young adult, dystopian novels. We recently had the opportunity to read and review the Regina Shen series from author Lance Erlick. I posted a review of Resilience, Book 1 of the series, last week. Today, I'm sharing my review of Vigilance--and I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series! 

Quick Summary of Regina Shen:  Vigilance (Book 2). After two years of training, outcast Regina Shen prepares to jump the barrier wall into the World Federation to hunt for her sister, but nothing goes according to plan. The Federation condemns Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls.

For two years she avoided capture. Now the Federation is desperate to exploit her unique DNA in order to prevent human extinction. She would rather die than help the people who kidnapped her sister. The Federation’s notorious Department of Antiquities, under the command of Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco, polices barrier walls, destroys knowledge from the past, and pursues Regina for her genome. Now Demarco has a ruthless rival who aims to capture Regina as a means to overthrow Demarco.

Regina has survived by her wits on swampy islands and salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books not available in the Federation. Her photographic (eidetic) memory, access to these books, and an amazing teacher just may help her reach the university town in the Federation where they’re holding her sister. Pursued by Antiquities, Regina jumps the wall into the Federation.

While making new friends and enemies, she must use her wits to avoid letting either of two rival inspectors capture her. Can she rescue her sister from an obvious trap?

Regina grows and adapts to her setting. I loved the author's setting in the first book. This book transplants Regina into a University setting. Readers lose that comfort and familiarity of Regina's home along with her. The setting never feels comfortable--but, Regina grows and adapts to meet the environment and demands surrounding her. Readers slowly adapt to the new setting with her.

Vigilance is action packed and dramatic. Much like the first book, Vigilance is a book about survival. Rather than a daily fight for basic needs; the characters face daily risk in other ways. The author continues his fast paced writing style and introduces new characters, twists, turns and drama at an even pace throughout the book.

Would I recommend Vigilance by Lance Erlick? I loved the first book. I didn't feel the same connections to the scenes of this book. I enjoyed the storyline and the plot twists--and the characters. I really liked the book--but, not as much as the first book. This book continues to build Regina's story and push her toward her next adventure. I would certainly recommend this book series for dystopian/science fiction fans with a preference toward strong female lead characters. I will be sharing reviews of the remaining books in the series throughout the month of July.

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Meet the Author.
He was raised by a roaming aerospace engineer, growing up in various parts of the United States and Europe, as well as traveling through Asia. He took to stories as his anchor, including the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, and has been writing since age eleven.

In an ideal world, Lance would find time loops where he could step out for a week at a time to read and write. Then he would return to the moment he left, without life getting in the way. Of course, since everyone would have the same ability, he suspects life would still sneak in.

Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.

Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

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  1. Thanks for being a part of the tour and for the review.




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