Title: The Impossibility Of Tomorrow
Series: Incarnation, #2
Author: Avery Williams
Published: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, June 2013
Source: bought a copy
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The immortal Seraphina is forced to face the darkness of her past—and risk losing the love of her life—in this second novel in the Incarnation series.
Seraphina has been living for centuries, thanks to a special method of alchemy, but only recently has she really felt alive. She’s finally broken free from her controlling boyfriend, Cyrus, and after years of swapping bodies to preserve her immortality, is happily settled into a life worth sticking with. Because in this life, she has Noah.
But Noah might not be as trustworthy as he seems. After he delivers an ominous message that could only come from Cyrus, Sera is worried that her new friends and family will find out her secret. And as her suspicions extend beyond Noah, Sera is forced to wonder about her new friends as well: Could her old coven be disguising themselves right under her nose?
Will Sera have to move to another body—and take another life—or can she find a way to keep what she’s got, forever?
Being part of Cyrus’s coven, Sera had been living for centuries. Swapping bodies might have preserved her immortality but Sera felt like she’d been a murderer taking away the lives of the many bodies that she inhabited. When she ran away from Cyrus and accidentally took on a broken body and survived, she believed she’d found a way to hide from Cyrus. But would Cyrus come looking for her?
Sera was not a weak character but when she felt insecure, she’d imagine the worst and suspect every single person around her trying to hurt or manipulate her into submission. At first, I thought she had good instincts but as the story progressed, I found myself agreeing to only a few of her choices. She seemed to believe she had a few more hundred years of life experience than the average teenagers but definitely she wasn’t smarter. Although I wished she was more capable of taking care of herself, she surprised me with her fighting skills as well as her fondness towards small animals. I was also surprised by the intensity of her emotions against Cyrus. I guess if Sera had never experienced love from those who were non-manipulative, she wouldn’t realize how much Cyrus had twisted and warped her world. So, in a way, I was happy that Sera had met new people who were truly caring and uncalculating.
While I was reading, I kept wondering if Cyrus had taken on a certain character to try and woo Sera back to his life. Cyrus did make a number of moves but I totally thought he was someone else the whole time and so you could imagine how shocked I was when the truth was revealed in the end! Come to think of it, I guess I was blinded by the sympathy that I had for some of the characters but Cyrus was clearly an arrogant and controlling man who thought of no one else but himself.
The story was quite well-paced and I liked the variety of situations that Sera went though as she tried to figure out who Cyrus had become. I liked that Sera gradually learned to stop living in constant fear. It’s wonderful to see her making new friends and enjoying her time inside the body of a teenager.
Personally, I liked this installment better than book one. The plots seemed tighter here and I liked the growth that I saw in the characters. If you’ve read book one, you wouldn’t want to miss out on discovering what Sera had learned in this installment. I can’t wait to find out what you think of this installment or what you like/ dislike about this series. Would you let me know?