Disclosure: I received an ebook copy of this book in exchange for my review.
Book Title: Regina Shen: Vigilance (Book 2)
Author: Lance Erlick
Genre: YA fiction, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Dystopian
Formats: Kindle, Paperback, Nook Book
Content Rating: PG
Life as Leels’ Rating: 5 out of 5
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?
I was excited to get back to Regina’s story and to see what would happen. I highly recommend that if you did not read book 1; start there. You do not want to miss the details. Should you chose not to accept the mission; you won’t be entirely lost – book 2 does a good job of refreshing details.
Vigilance shares the story from various view points, but majority of the story takes place on the inside of the wall with Regina. Mo-Mere sends Wendy and Regina to University, where we follow along. Regina is still hidin from the Antiquities and is still on the hunt for her sister Colleen.
New characters are introduced into the story and I cannot wait to start book 3 to see where Regina goes next.
About 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.
Growing up, he was inspired by his father’s engineering work on cutting-edge aerospace projects to look to the future.
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.
Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.