About Fervor #2 – Elevation
The refugees from Fervor have made their escape from the island with Elliot Masterson’s help, only to find that there is nobody waiting on the Mainland to lead them to the sanctuary of Elevation as promised. Now they have to scramble to make their own way there, unassisted. At the same time, Elliot and the ex-Control, Royce, remain on Fervor with the Languorite, searching for Elliot’s nephew, additional children yearning for escape, and more answers to the puzzle that the scholars have created via their strange experiment.
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Will Sam and his friends reach Elevation and discover what has become of the latents, while evading capture by the scholars? Will Elliot find Malcolm and help others to reach freedom from Fervor, with minimal casualties? Only time will see if they achieve their objectives and eventually manage to reunite. It turns out, however, that time is not on their side.
–Chantal Boudreau follows up a home run with a grand slam — With “Elevation” the notion ” be careful what you wish for” is confirmed. Chantal creates a stark world that is sometimes hard to face up to, but impossible to turn away from. A great read from beginning to end.
– Ren Garcia, author of “The League of Elder” series
Solid Sequel to Fervor, January 7, 2012
By Ursula K Raphael, contributing writer at Zombiephiles.com & author of The Survivor
This review is from: Elevation (Kindle Edition)
The second book is always the make-or-break book for me: do I bother to continue with this series, or pretend the first one was a stand-alone? I am happy to say that I will be continuing to read this series by Chantal Boudreau.
It was so long since I read Fervor that I had to reread the first novel. Boudreau tries to subtly recap the ending of the first book, but it just wasn’t enough to jar my memory. The series centers on a conscripted “house-family,” consisting of a Teller, a Fixer, a Keeper, a Watcher, a Finder, and a Control, who can now communicate with their minds through “the Connection.” As Sam, the narrator of Fervor, meets the rest of their assigned group, several of the children begin to question the secrecy surrounding their new psychic abilities, as well as the loss of some of their other physical senses.
In Elevation, the group is split into two locations, so there are now two POVs: Sam’s and Royce’s…Royce, having been rather antagonistic throughout much of Fervor, was an interesting choice for the second perspective, but it gives the readers a personal and raw view of his inner struggles to adjust to all the recent upheavals in his life. While Royce struggles with Elliot’s plan to help more of the children escape from the island of Fervor, Sam is besieged with the emptiness of Elevation, far removed from the Connection.
Sam, along with four Controls and three of his housemates, are searching for the adult latents they are expecting help from. The group of eight refugees is divided into two small groups, unable to agree on a plan of action when the latents fail to meet them at the rendezvous point, and soon split up. After parting with the Controls, Sam makes psychic contact with a girl named Grace who is being manipulated by drugs and forced to hunt down the eight children. She soon becomes an important character without making an actual physical appearance.
Royce and Elliot hide out at the High Barrens, and recruit another house family to leave the island. One of them is a Teller, who surprisingly is able to work around her Directives, and is quite willing to leave with them. Some Controls also join Royce and Elliot, although they are reluctant to work with the others, harboring the same resentments as the first group of Controls that left Fervor.
I LOVED the new characters, and I thought the intrigue and suspense was incredible, but I had a bit of trouble trying to follow the color scheme that Sam discovers in some secret files. The colors hint at what each child’s psychic skill set involves. The first 15% of the book was a tad on the slow side for me as well, but once it picked up in momentum, the story really took off.
I can’t wait for the third installment, Transcendence, when the fugitives from Fervor will join forces with the rebel latents from Elevation to confront the scholars and their experiment with genetic manipulation.
Chantal Boudreau’s well-written and driven novel, Elevation, takes up the story of the children of Fervor as they try to find safety. Sam and part of his house-family are on their way to find Elevation and the latents, while Royce and Elliot are left behind on Fervor trying to find more children to save and take to Elevation as well.
Getting into the story was a bit of a challenge because I had not read Fervor which undoubtedly set up the background of the characters and the world they inhabit. The challenge of this was clear: figure out how these characters worked as a group and became the people they are without being told, much like real life. Luckily, with careful reading, all of my questions were answered as the story progressed and the author avoided wasting the entire first chapter recapping what had transpired in the first book. It was a classic and well-executed jump right into the middle of the story, in medias res.
The technique of following the children with two separate main characters allows the reader to view the world from two very different perspectives. Sam is a young pre-teen who has a touch of naivety but is developing his skills and abilities, while Royce, an older teen, is struggling with authority figures and his own independence of thought and action, as many teens and young adults do. Both Royce and Sam are trying to discover their independence and at the same time solidify their respective roles within their larger family units. The questions the children face are not unlike the questions that all children and young adults struggle with every day, but set in a fantastic world.
In fact, the world of Elevation appears, on the surface, to be much like our own. However, the abilities of the children, the technology they encounter, and the matter-of-fact way they interact with their world create a fantasy/sci-fi world that is so familiar and yet so different. Creating a real, un-real world is one of the greatest accomplishments of any successful sci-fi/fantasy novel, and Elevation is highly-successful, so much so, that the reader is forced to more closely examine the two worlds to question if this could be our world.
I commend the author for creating a world that isn’t ours, but could be. This question “could this be us?” nags at the reader throughout the story, and this, combined with the well-rounded and realistic characters, made this reader finish the story in a matter of hours. The questions the children face will long linger in my mind and I am reminded of some of the other great young adult fantasy novels which left me with the same questioning and doubts. As the story came to a close, the author left me intrigued and waiting for the next chapter in these children’s lives.
I highly recommend Elevation to those who enjoy young adult literature as well as sci-fi/fantasy; though I think a love of fantasy is not required because the author does such a great job of making the world accessible. It is a story of growing and learning about one’s self that is appropriate for anyone.
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