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(The Elysium Chronicles #2)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  675 ratings  ·  94 reviews
Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was.

But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her fee
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Tor Teen
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Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
18/7/2016 Read J. A. Souders' guest post about worldbuilding and enter to win the full trilogy from Tor Teen HERE

Revelations was very high on my list of most coveted sequels in 2013. I was encouraged to read the first book Elysium Chronicles by some of my most trusted friends and I never regretted the decision – Elysium, the world Souders created under water, is seductive and frightening, beautiful on the outside and rotten and dangerous on the inside.

In Revelations, Souders succeded in t
Six weeks have passed since Evelyn has left Elysium yet she remembers nothing of her previous life. Gavin is the only one that knew her but she can barely remember him. When she begins having nightmarish flashbacks that seem to be continuously triggered by something she can’t understand, the village doctor fears she needs to get more help than he’ll be able to give her. With the assistance of an old friend of Gavins, Asher, the three travel through the Outlands to the City in hopes that Evelyn c ...more
*Genre* Young Adult, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
*Rating* 3.0

*MY Thoughts*

So, Revelations takes place six weeks after Gavin brought Evelyn Winters out of Elysium to his village of Black Stone Cove at the end of Renegade. Although his family quickly adopted Evie as one of their own, Evie doesn't remember anything from her past and has reoccurring flashbacks that are sometimes violent in nature. Thanks to the villages doctor, it is determined that Evie and Gavin should travel to Rushlake City to se
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was so disappointed. What happened? Honestly, I really enjoyed Renegade, but this? This was awful. I honestly just can't describe how bad this was.
Well, what happened? Nothing. (view spoiler)
Feb 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
I am so depressed right now. November! Fucking November! You gotta be shitting me, that's like a decade away! Between this and the prequel short story only being available on Kindle, I am so depressed I just want to go to my bed and never come out. Well, maybe I'll come out in November...or when I can get that prequel somewhere other than damned Amazon. *sniffles...sobs* I can't take the waiting! ...more
Nancy The book junkie
Rating: 3.25/5

Review coming soon!
Colleen Houck
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Adelena (A Page of Heaven)
Originally posted on A Page of Heaven.


Rating: ★★½

Almost a year ago, I had made one of the best decision in my bookish life - reading Renegade, the first installment in The Elysium Chronicles, despite the average reviews it had. I utterly loved its gore, thrilling pace and the amazing bond formed between Evie and Gavin; it was a shoo-in as one of my favorite novels ever. So when I finally got my hands on Revelations, it undoubtedly got me in a crazy fangirling fit.
3.5 stars
Revelation, the second book in the series of Elysium Chronicles, gave in to what is known as ‘second book syndrome.’ After the intense conclusion of Renegade, my bubble of expectation for a thrilling sequel was deflated, instead I was given a story that lacks a solid plot and relevant background information of the ‘surface world’ on which Revelation is set.

Six weeks after Gavin and Evie escaped underwater utopia, Evie doesn't remember anything from her past and was having mental episo

First off, thanks so much to Tor Teen and MacMillan Publishers for sending me an ARC of this!

It’s been six weeks since the last book and Evie and Galvin are out of Elysium, an underwater utopia, and now living on the Surface. After everything, Evie doesn’t remember anything from her past and she has these episodes and sleepwalks. People think something is wrong with her so they send her to the city where more advance technology a
May 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Actual rating - 3.5

I enjoyed this instalment about the same as the first one. An okay read overall.
*le sigh* I didn't really enjoy this one that much. I think it was a combination of the book and me being in a bit of a reading slump. I really felt like I had to force myself to read this. This book suffers from second book syndrome in that it wasn't really needed to keep the story going along. This whole amnesia aspect was just kind of stupid. It made Evie a very whiny, aggravating, and unlikable character. She got on my nerves a lot! The whole journey to Rushlake City was questionable from th ...more
Ruth Ho
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yet again, we are left with the suspense. The ending of this book was really bewildering, it left me on the edge of a cliff. Desperately hanging on for more. Evie is not safe after all. I believe 'Mother' is starting to train a new 'Daughter of the people' again to replace Evie, this time for good. But Evie and the rest don't know that 'Mother' knows about them. Can their plan to eliminate her, succeed? Or is Mother too smart for their games? I am so INTRIGUED and I can't wait to read the next b ...more
William Bentrim
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Revelations by J. A. Souders

This is a young adult novel featuring mild romance and confusing mystery. This is volume two of the Elysium Chronicles which is mild SciFi as it appears to be a post apocalypse book.

I guess the confusing part is due to the lack of a back story. Evie has amnesia and thus she can’t remeber her past, sadly that lack of memory is also the reader’s problem as well. More back story would have allowed greater enjoyment of the book for those of us who have not read the prev
Apr 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: on-the-shelf
3.5- Read as digital ARC.

I love reading sequels to books I loved. It's like putting on a favorite pair of boots you'd almost forgotten you had--familiar and yet new at the same time. That's what Revelations was like for me. I loved seeing characters old and new and marveled at how Evie, despite being such a sickly hallucinating hot mess in this book, is unable to be shoved in the "damsel in distress" character box because her Enforcer training will kick your butt. It's just a nice continuation t
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Revelations is full of exciting moments, crazy twists and turns, and wonderful characters. I loved getting more glimpses into the lives of these people, I loved learning more about these worlds, and I loved the sweet relationships that have developed and grown more since Renegade. I can’t WAIT for the next book!

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Lydia Presley
I received Revelations recently from Tor and was immediately drawn to reading the synopsis based on the cover. It's colorful, interesting, and I was really hoping that it was the first book of the series. It wasn't. SO then I thought, maybe I'll try to jump in - but let me tell you, what I read from the first book had me desperately wanting to get my hands on it. So I did. I dove into Renegade that night and, upon finishing it, immediately moved on to Revelations.

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Gemma Carter
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-books-read
This book was so wonderful. This is the second book in the Elysium Chronicols. NOrmally when you read a book series the first one is the best than the next few books in the series are not so good. But for this series it is not the case. The second book was just as good as the first book I think I even liked the second book better. I am telling everyone who loves good YA books to read this. Thanks, have a great day.
Sarah Elizabeth
This was okay, had a bit of middle-book syndrome though and was a bit slow. Not as good as the first book for me.

6 out of 10
Seeing Double in Neverland
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
For Full Review go to http://seeingdoubleinneverland.blogsp...

4 out of 5 stars

What made the first book so great she brings to the table in this book.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Six weeks after her arrival on the Surface, Evelyn Winters is no closer to unlocking the memories lost in her subconscious than she was when she first came. Isolated in a strange new society, Evie has only Gavin Hunter to remind her of who she once was. But even with a clean slate, it’s easy to see that Evie doesn’t fit in on the Surface. And as her differences make her feel more and more alone, she can’t help but yearn for that place she doesn’t remember: the isolated city hidden in the depths ...more
Oct 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Renegade
Shelves: arcs-i-own
3.5 Stars

After the insane ending of Renegade, I was totally pumped to continue on in this series, I loved everything about the first book, the terrifying world of Elysium, Mother and her villainous ways, Gavin and his hotness, everything. Revelations brought a very fun sequel to the table, with lots of questions, and of course....revelations. Pun intended. So let's talk about it!

**Please note this a sequel, and the ending of Renegade will be mentioned**

So we all know that there was a lot to lear
Aug 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
More mediocre writing (bad prose, especially the trite text preceding each chapter), with unbelievable adolescent relationships (in less than a week of becoming acquainted, we're supposed to believe that these teens are ready to die for each other), mar what was supposed to be a promising premise.
This writer has a lot to learn about how to construct a solid story (not just copy popular, trashy dystopian novels) and how to fully develop credible characters.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Honestly, they should make it clear on the book that this is the second book of this series as I kind of read this book not knowing about the first book. It was a little confusing at first but I grew to like the suspense of the book. The author is extremely convincing when conveying the frustration of Evelyn Winters.

Jamie Coudeville
Like the main character, I don't remember much from the first book. This book felt a bit slow for me. Gavin really got on my nerves, especially when it came to Asher. Things did start to pick up at the end, so I'm jumping right into book 3. ...more
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't read all of it. It got boring and it was just taking to long for something to happen. ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good. :)
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
A review copy was provided for an honest review. Revelations is swathed in mystery and allure. Much of what made the first novel Renegade so creepily enchanting is subdued in its sequel, but it brings forth a new layer of terror—life on the Surface. Unlike the magical world of Elysium, the Surface is a scarier place for the main character Evelyn because it's unfamiliar to her. She's very much on her own journey to find herself again and put the pieces of her life back together. Gavin is a part o ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This has been a thrilling sequel to one of my favorite dystopian reads of last year. I loved Renegade and it was so under the radar that I didn’t know its release date, which got pushed back to November last year. I was so happy when the library got this book in that I couldn’t wait to read it. It was just as fast as I remember the first book being. It was missing some of the mystery that the 1st book had, since we already found out Evie used to be an Enforcer. We do get to see what’s been going ...more
Kazhy (My Library in the Making)
(View this review on My Library in the Making.)

(Spoilers if you haven't read Renegade.)

Revelations isn't quite the sequel I expected it to be, which doesn't make sense at all because it's not like I knew what to expect from this. Evie being out of Elysium and up in the Surface made for one unpredictable adventure all throughout, if nothing else. It was slow to start and I had trouble staying focused initially, but once the action started, it never stopped.

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J.A. Souders was born in the heartland with an overactive imagination and an over abundance of curiosity that was always getting her into trouble.

Because she never grew up, she decided she’d put her imaginary friends to work and started writing. She now lives in the land of sunshine and palm trees with her husband and their two children and is an active member of the RWA, SFWA, YARWA and SCBWI.


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  • Renegade (The Elysium Chronicles, #1)
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