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Level 2 (The Memory Chronicles #1)

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  2,028 ratings  ·  572 reviews
In this gripping exploration of a futuristic afterlife, a teen discovers that death is just the beginning.

Since her untimely death the day before her eighteenth birthday, Felicia Ward has been trapped in Level 2, a stark white afterlife located between our world and the next. Along with her fellow drones, Felicia passes the endless hours reliving memories of her time on Ea...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published December 18th 2012)
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DNF Naturally, I don't review DNFed books, but there is something that needs to be said here.

"Don't! Just don't." How dare he? Does he think if he touches me, I'll give in? Tell him it's okay that he's a monster?
He puts his hands in a gesture of surrender and rocks back into his rigid pose. "Okay, clam down. I will not touch you unless you ask." His eyes going with mischief. "Unless you beg."
page 69

*gags* I checked my friend reviews on this book, sever...more
Rating: 3.5 Stars

For me, the biggest appeal of Level 2 was the fact that it was written by a blogger. I was so enthralled that a blogger had been able to get her book published and, best of all, who else knew best the pitfalls that most authors stumbled across better than a blogger herself? Thus, Level 2 seemed like a novel that could do no wrong. In many ways, it couldn’t (although it’s synopsis seems to think it’s going to get more readers by hinting at a love triangle when there is no love tr...more
It’s interesting how the tagline for Level 2 emphasizes the number two, two worlds, two lives, two loves, because I’m of two minds when it comes to this book. On one hand, I love Lenore Appelhans’s approach to the afterlife - I have to confess I’m one of those readers who read to think rather than to feel, so to get something so deeply philosophical that I was thinking about almost everything is an absolute treat. On the other hand though, despite my overwhelmingly positive response to how uniqu...more
Felicia's death has left her stuck in a sort of limbo. As one of the residents of her hive she has friends and she has access to her memories from her life before. Those memories, happy and sad, set the stage for the larger conflict in the afterlife. That's the beauty of the story you see, it's not easy to discern what is really what. It's not confusing, mind you, but an action-filled and fast paced story filled with unexpected moments. A kudo to Appelhans for giving those surprises as it's a ra...more
Seen at Scott Reads It
*Thank you to Simon & Schuster for providing me with an ARC via mail*
I'll be honest I thought this book had something to do with video games and the afterlife when I picked it up. I saw the words "LEVEL 2" and that cover which instantly made me think of Street Fighter's Ryu. If you have ever played as Ryu you'll be familiar with that fire-ball move he has and that really reminded me of Level 2's cover.

Anyway I'm digressing because this is supposed to be a review of L...more
Whitley Birks
This was two books in one, and neither of them were good. The main problem is there was a disconnect between what this book wanted to be, and what it sold itself as. It was pitched to the reader as a sci-fi fantasy about a Matrix-like afterlife and a battle for Earth between rebels and evil-angels. Awesome! What it ended up being was a dull, introspective, contemporary novel about a girl sulking about how much her life sucks and how her boyfriend fixed it all for her. Um...awesome? I mean, if yo...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Originally posted here.

Anyone who reads my blog regularly probably already knows how much I wanted this book. It was one of my WoW posts, and has been on my wishlist from the moment I found out Lenore Appelhans, the wonderful blogger behind Presenting Lenore, had a dystopian novel coming out. I was so all over that, especially since Lenore is the creator of Dystopian August, which means she really knows her stuff. Also, oh hey, it's Dystopian August! Woo! Make sure you check out her blog as well...more
Wendy Darling
I like the concept behind this story so much, but I'm afraid I had more mixed reactions to the characters, which makes it difficult to get engaged with the book; I just didn't like either boy, and I didn't fall in love with Felicia either. I think this would have been a sold 4 star book for me if some elements of the book were more developed, especially in the structure and writing. The timeline was a bit confusing, and many scenes could have used more time/detail to make them feel more exciting...more
Felicia Ward is currently located at Level 2. She lays in a device that allows her to search through and watch her favorite memories from earth. With credits she can also trade and buy more credits to view more memories. She can even organize the memories like YouTube videos with ratings and notes. Felicia has yet to watch the memory of her death but she loves to live through her memories of her true love Neil over and over. Felicia also hangs out in the hive visiting with her friends Veronica a...more
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I've seen this book around the blogosphere quite a bit, and when I heard Lenore Appelhans was coming to visit my town, I knew I had to read it stat!

Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans is about a seemingly normal girl named Felicia, who has died recently, and lives in Level 2, which is a beehive like purgatory. In this Level, one can "plug" in and view old memories from life down on Earth. When she sees Julian again, a fling that she had back on Earth, in this Level, she knows there's more to this than s...more
Felicia's life in Level 2 is comfortable. She's got everything she needs, and she's able to be so content because she can slip into her machine and relive her memories. Except she is unable to be happy because she can't put her finger on what happened to her. The problem is she keeps reliving a memory that breaks her heart: she keeps living through the time she lost her chance with Neil, the boy she'd fallen for. When she's about to reach the truth, it slips away from her cruelly.

So when Julian...more
3.5 stars

My thoughts were so jumbled after reading this. I liked it, but there we're some things I just did not understand.

This book is told from the setting of an afterlife location called "Level 2." This area is basically the waiting room of a doctor's office. The whole situation is very touch and go. Many of the, which seems like MILLIONS of people at times, are trying to reach "Level 3," or what we like to call heaven.

The people living inside Level 2 are controlled by an outside source t...more
Kimberly Sabatini
Lenore Appelhans is a fellow Apocalysie, a Simon & Schuster sibling and also a kindred soul when it comes to exploring the afterlife. We've been dying to read each other's books and HA! I snagged a coveted ARC of Level 2 at BEA!!!!

What immediately captured my attention was Appelhans strong writing. She's a pro. Period. The story creatively jumps between lots of different perspectives in the past and the present and I never once was lost. Her storytelling and transitions were seamless. I was...more
Tamara Stone
I’m so honored that I got to read LEVEL 2 before the rest of the world gets its collective hands on this fantastic story. It’s a smart, fast-paced read with inventive plot twists and a strong heroine—highly original and my kind of book. I can't wait for the next one!

My review can also be found on my blog Collections.

I almost thought Björk was on the cover.


2.5 - 3 stars

It took me awhile to finish Level 2. I received an advanced copy back in October, started reading it, but put it down at around page 80 and didn't pick it back up until two months later. Needless to say I hadn't really enjoyed what I had managed to read.

The characters were unlikeable. Felicia was the narrator, but I could not connect with her in any way. Julian was a douche and so was Fel...more
Hilary Graham
Level 2 is the kind of book that wraps you up in its tension so seamlessly and slowly that you’re barely aware it’s even happening until you’re having heart palpitations. And just when you think you’ve gotten your bearings, Appelhans turns the plot in a way that makes it impossible to know exactly who or what to believe.

Appelhans premise taps into a primal human question—what happens after we die—and delivers the answer through a sharp and twisty plot. Told through the POV of 18-year-old Felici...more
Short and Sweet:
Lenore Appelhans, the blogger behind Presenting Lenore, had a lot to live up to with her debut novel Level 2 but anyone that ever doubted she would write something less than incredible was so very wrong. Level 2 had me in tears within the first few pages, in love with both Neil and Julian, thrilled with the sci-fi aspects and absolutely has me wanting to read more by Lenore. There's a reason this is one of the most anticipated YA novels of the year and it's one I'll be raving ab...more
This is one book that I had been really looking forward too and I really loved it. I loved this totally new concept of the underworld being a place that you could connect into the net and relive your memories or those of other people on the net. When someone rents your memories, you get credits that you can use to get other peoples memories, and so the cycle continues.

I loved how that whole net worked, that it was something that I think YA readers will be able to relate to. I really liked Felici...more
Felicia Ward is dead, but she's still living, after a fashion. Trapped in the strange "Level 2," where the deceased endlessly rewatch the memories of their lives, Felicia soon learns she's integral to both the plans of the dark and dissatisfied angels called the "Morati," and those of the rebellion. Rescued by Julian, an ex with unfortunate connections to her life on Earth, all Felicia wants is to reunite with the boy she loves. Instead, she's thrown into a war between Heaven and Level 2.

The te...more
☆2.5 stars.☆

Errr.... Where do I begin? There was a lot going on in this novel, lots of things bothered me and confused me. It is hard to explain how I felt about this novel, so I will do this point by point, both the good and the bad:

*One: Welcome to Level 2/Limbo, where you can only access your memories.
Level 2 is the space between earth and....heaven? In this point you can only view your memories over and over, but you can also sort of trade your memories with the rest of the dead people. Ok s...more
Lenore Appelhans’s debut novel Level 2 is one not to be missed. The originality of the afterlife-limbo while waiting to enter Heaven is an aspect of Level 2 that will have paranormal-, and particularly angel-, obsessed readers reeling for more. This uniqueness stems from the slight science fiction/dystopia that Appelhans uses to characterise Level 2, the place between Earth (Level 1) and Heaven (Level 3). There are contemporary and romance elements that come from the reliving of memories, too, w...more
The wait for entry into Heaven is a long one, and those on Level 2 pass the time with memories. Memories of who they were and who they loved, childhood memories, good and painful memories. Family, travel, movies, books, playschool, pre-school, high school, first loves, first kiss, school camp, Greek mythology class, getting caught in the rain and eating a whole sundae. Memories are currency in Level 2 – but they’re also a way to remember and relive life.

Felicia Ward is stuck on Level 2, where sh...more
Review originally posted on my blog

I cannot tell you guys how awesome Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans is – I mean, awesome to the point that I’m practically giddy just thinking about it.

And, okay, I’ll admit my bias straight-up – I’ve met Lenore a few times and she’s super sweet and nice. But that’s not it, I swear. Level 2 is a creative, mind-blowing story – one that I would have loved either way.

For one thing, the concept. There are some books that I just c...more
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My first DNF of the year. This review will not post on

I got almost 50 pages through this book, and I hated it from page 1. I didn't like any of the characters (the whole 4 that are really mentioned), and I couldn't stannnnnd the main character.

I don't really like afterlife books. I don't know what my issue is, I just can't handle the main character being dead. This happened to me in Rachel Caine's adult series as well.

There's a lot of Christianity in the book, which really isn't...more
Sara Walsh
I was so excited to get my hands on an ARC of Level 2 that I just couldn’t wait to dive in and get reading. This is a wonderful debut--a fast-paced, absorbing mystery that seamlessly blends both speculative and contemporary YA.

After dying in our world, Felicia now belongs to Level 2--a kind of holding place in the afterlife where everything is calm and controlled and inhabitants spend their days reliving memories from their previous lives. But things in Level 2 are not quite as they seem…

This st...more
Lenore Appelhans
Oct 23, 2013 Lenore Appelhans added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Guess what?! You can now read the first four chapters online at


The LEVEL 2 playlist can be found here:

It includes:
Bloodbuzz Ohio by The National
Shake it Out by Florence and the Machine
Joga by Bjork

and many others!
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Level 2 promised a thrilling new take on the wave afterlife/angel novels which are currently trending and while Appelhans’ originality in this sense was wonderful, overall the novel left me wanting so much more.

Felicia Ward is trapped in a limbo known as Level 2, forced to relive her memories of life on Earth. She spends her time revisiting the memories of time with her parents, best friends, wishing she could see her boyfriend Neil again. When Julian, a boy from a part of her l...more
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans is set in the afterlife and revolves around Felicia Ward. Felicia died a day before her eighteenth birthday and has been in the afterlife ever since. It’s a stark white world, made of pods where the inhabitants can access their memories, replaying them over and over again. Their peaceful existence is disturbed by a couple of odd incidents and then a boy she knew back on Earth, Julian, appears in their hive, and soon she learns the truth about Level 2.

Level 2 is a real...more
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Well, when I first started Level 2 the only thing that came to mind was, this is weird, so so weird. But I actually enjoyed it. It starts off with a weird feeling to it, but it gets interesting really fast.

We are introduced to Felicia who lives a comfy life, or lack of life. She’s technically dead and lives in a hive. She has friends, she has her memories, especially her precious memories of Neil, her boyfriend in life. She doesn’t need much else, right? Everything is ok for her.

I am looking forward to seeing what is unveiled about the afterlife in The Memory Chronicles, #2. The author repeatedly captured my attention with great descriptions and dialog between characters. I was totally immersed in the story and action from the start and liked flowing back and forth between 'worlds'.

However, the story slowed down in places because some of Felicia's internal dialog was redundant with the action. It was in these spots, I often felt like I was waiting for Felicia to catch...more
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