Felicia's not in heaven or hell, just stuck in Level 2 reliving memories over and over. When another girl in her pod vanishes and no one else remembers she was there, the teen thinks something's amiss. When a dangerous guy from her past on Earth invades the pod to recruit her into a revolt against the angels, she knows something really strange is going on!
Not that Felicia was a good girl as a teenager, but dying just a day short of her 18th birthday seems so unfair. After the horrific incident with Julian and her best friend Autumn in Germany, her diplomat parents sent to live with her grandmother Stateside.
Felicia has lived in cities around the world, so the tiny Oklahoma town and Grammy's strictness strangle her, but maybe it's punishment she deserves. School, church, school, home - that's it. Meeting Neal at church youth group is the best thing in her world. Maybe she can overcome her guilt after all, with his love and help.
Now here she is with other dead teen girls in their stark white pod, not hungry or thirsty, accessing the best-ever memories. like her time with Neal. Suddenly Beckah finds herself trapped in her own terrifying death memory and is gone when Felicia checks on her later...and the other girls swear there never was any Beckah!
Julian's abrupt appearance in the pod is alarming - no one ever comes in, let alone boys! He says he's coming back for Felicia, then leaves. What's going on? How did Julian find her? Is he dead, too?
As the pod is attacked and Felicia flees with Julian, she sees that there are thousands of pods, which means many thousands of people-drones here with their memories instead of in heaven or hell...
Why did angels set up pods filled with good memories that no one wants to abandon?
Why does Julian need Felicia's help to "restore balance" in the afterlife?
Is Neal in one of those pods?
The battle is just beginning in this new series that takes the power of memories to a whole new level. (Previously published under the title The Memory of After)
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA – blogging young adult books beyond the bestsellers at http://BooksYALove.com