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An Anatomy of Beasts

(Faloiv #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  319 ratings  ·  65 reviews
In the forty years since the Vagantur landed on Faloiv, the planet has existed in a tenuous peace between the humans who live in the enclosed community of N’Terra and the Faloii, the indigenous population. But after uncovering the shadowy secrets of the Council’s newly elected leader and helping a kidnapped Faloii man escape, sixteen-year-old Octavia knows that conflict is ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 16th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Tanya I would say yes. Even though they are independent from each other there are too many back stories that support the second book and allow the reader a …moreI would say yes. Even though they are independent from each other there are too many back stories that support the second book and allow the reader a seamless transition. (less)
Mariah Bassett The third book is written, but these books don't have enough publicity for the third to get published.
So please talk about these books, and buy them …more
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Vicky Again
Jun 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

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Elle (ellexamines)
Jun 22, 2018 marked it as zzzzz-coverporn-etc
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Sara Saif
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020, its-a-tie

An interesting but less impressive sequel to a wonderful book, I felt that An Anatomy of Beasts could have done with more mystery-solving and less jungle-exploring.

It reminds one of Avatar in several ways, the detailed descriptions, and encounters with life on Faloiv certainly help a lot in that. And I don't necessarily believe that was a bad thing if anything it made these books immersive and fascinating. I just think this book is propelled almost entirely by that and it wasn't what I wanted.

Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I need a third book ;-;
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I didn’t love the first book. I was lured into this sequel because of the cover and, mainly, the preorder incentive. Holy cow, am I glad I was.! This book was fantastic. It’s so imaginative and gorgeous. It’s descriptive without being excessive. I’m not eloquently spoken, so I shy away from leaving reviews. But something had to be said. I loved every minute of this journey and am absolutely dying for the next one.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it

I wasn't overly excited to read the sequel just because I have a horrible memory and forgot what happened in the first book. It took some energy to pick it up and make myself read it.
I am SO glad I did. After getting past the hard decision of just starting something, I fell right back into the world and its characters. The world building in this sci-fi book is beautiful. Faloiv is magical and mysterious. I feel a deep connection with nature, so this world appeals to me deeply. The connection
rahma m
May 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Olivia Scott
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
More like a 3.5 it felt like an intermission if that makes sense
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is such a good sci fi series that isn't getting much buzz. The writing is so good in this book and honestly it amazes me how some writers are leagues above others. Like, this could have been an adult novel not a young adult. So good if your into the Avatar movie or just hella good writing.
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, loved learning more about this world and these characters! I really hope we'll get the 3rd book, apparently it's written, now it needs to be bought and published, or self published. I just want to read it!
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Woooooow. I loved A Conspiracy of Stars but this sequel is on a whole other level of great. I just finished it and I am already planning to recruit friends and coworkers to pick up copies and share my love and frustration.
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Everything I loved about A Conspiracy of Stars was only further developed in An Anatomy of Beasts. If you love books with rich world building, Cole delivers a stunning planet not only full of lush plants, but descriptive animals. It's like walking through a virtual off planet zoo! Not only that, but An Anatomy of Beasts asks us what we will do to fight for our home. Where we will
Erica Deb
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I waited two days to review this book so I could really think about it. The world building in this series is just amazing. The depth of the story and the connections made between the planet and all the lifeforms on it is so interesting. Octavia is a well-planned character who stayed true to herself throughout. I would recommend this series to pretty much anyone!
Shannon (enchantedfiction)
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Lewis T. Castle
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
(No Spoilers) The two stars is for my taste more than it is for the quality of the book. Maybe I'm getting too old for Science Fiction YA novels.

The protagonist feels too much. Everything she does is dictated by her feeling, and everything is an emotional plea. It got pretty old pretty quickly.

All she is is the embodiment of her beliefs, which all stem from her emotions. Then she doesn't even stay consistent in what she stands for, which then comes across pretty selfish.

The dialogue was crisp a
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hurray, work finally calmed down enough again for me to read a library book!

After the events of the first book in the series (that you should really read before picking up this one,) our heroine Octavia is on the run from the rest of the humans of N'Terra. She finds refuge with the Faloii, the native inhabitants of the planet, who are harboring both refugees and secrets that will gradually be uncovered as the book heads to its curiously moving ending. It's the kind of ending that feels complete
Azelyn Klein
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Many books, when you reach that point where the title comes into play, bring a sort of satisfaction, maybe even a revelation, like with book one, A Conspiracy of Stars . When the title came into play early on in An Anatomy of Beasts, I wanted to shudder. Though I definitely see the title as fitting, and I like, too, how it came into play more than once.

At first, it took me a little while to get into book two. Though it seemed a little faster paced than book one, I wasn’t exactly trapped on an
Madeline (The Bookish Mutant)
Real rating: 4.75 stars, though it would probably be 5 had my memory of the first book been sharper.

Though my memory of “A Conspiracy of Stars” was rather fuzzy by the time I bought “An Anatomy of Beasts” (about a year between when I read book 1 and book 2, ooooops), “An Anatomy of Beasts did not fail to absolutely astonish and amaze me, even more so than its predecessor. I loved how the main focus of this book was more on Faloiv, as opposed to the human settlements. Though we only get a lit
Briar Rose Reads
Feb 09, 2020 rated it liked it
This sequel was alright for me. I'm glad we got to explore more of Failov and that was one of my favorite parts of the book, the world was certainly well-built.

Another good thing about this book is that it answered a lot of questions and was satisfactory in unraveling some of the mysteries in the story.

However, I found a lot of things a bit ho-hum:

~ It's hard not to feel like the entire book is just a rather linear stream of difficult experiences for Octavia. It's getting almost easy to predi
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Ch 25: *reading on Kindle* thirty min chapter. I gotta psych myself up for this one.

Ch 26: *switched to book* forty pages left. let's see how this is gonna end.

Ch 27: *sweats nervously* four-page chapter. a lot can happen in four pages...

Ch 28: Ten pages left. I've seen a lot of things happen in ten pages. I don't know how this can end but let's see.

Me: *looks for chapter 29*

Like I'm a big fan of ambiguous endings. Hell, I write ambiguous endings. But this ending was just cruel. I've scoured Goo
Peaches & Sunshine
Interesting concepts again, but there was something missing in the plot or writing that holds it back from a four-star read for me. The ideas are all there, and the world-blinding is incredible.

It felt like some plot points were something - worn out, or drawn out, I’m not sure, but it lacked a certain finesse. Some of the happy coincidences Octavia (and others) experience go beyond the believable explanation of her symbiotic nature with the planet. Though it’s minor, I didn’t get what happened
Haruko reads
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it
This was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2019, and it has a lot of what made me love A Conspiracy of Stars: creative alien wildlife, unique and descriptive writing, and a diverse cast of likable characters.

However, this book has some momentum issues that it's predecessor avoids, which makes it a much slower read. Also, I really struggled to remember the events of the previous book, which made a lot of the reveals less powerful. Considering the fact that I read the first book less than a ye
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautifully written sequel to “A Conspiracy of Stars”. Originally this was supposed to be a duology, but this book leaves the main conflict wide open. I am hoping we see at least one more book in this series to tie things up.

I absolutely love the planet of Faloiv and all of the interesting beasts and plants there. This setting is amazingly creative and I enjoyed reading about it a ton. I also really loved Octavia and how she interacts with the planet and its natives.

This story helps
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My Review: I loved how book one unfolded and the story was just a great blend of new creatures and characters and a world unlike any other. This one was even better than book one. I enjoyed how the pacing picked up just a little and all the characters are still with us. Without giving anything away I will tell you that if you think you know where this book is heading you have NO CLUE!! I loved every page of this title and I really hope we get another one after this!! I love this world and in the ...more
Trish Isiderio
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A strong sequel and a satisfying enough conclusion to the duology.
I found the plot of Anatomy of Beasts to be more dragging compared to the first one, but it still has that suspenseful and electrifying atmosphere so it didn't bother me too much.
The moral dilemma that O deals within this book is so heartbreaking and powerful, and I liked how this was constantly dissected throughout the story. There were times when O came across as pretentious, especially when it came to her friends having opposin
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started this series when the second volume came through the library where I work. The cover hooked me, so I opened it to a random page and was immediately obsessed. I love both the first and second volumes and am anxiously awaiting the next! I love the main characters, and I want to thank the author for not only making characters that look like me and my family and being very clear about it, but for making them scientists and doctors, smart and caring and strong. I also love the moral question ...more
Deeanna West
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can I give this book a 4 and 3/4 stars? Is that a thing?
I adored this duology. Everything about it was right up my alley. Awesome alien planet complete with amazing animals and scientist characters. Umm yes please. But not all is as it seems and there are some good twisty moments.
The only reason I take of some points is that ending. The book completes but it feels so unresolved still to me. Maybe I just wanted to spend more time on Faloiv, I don’t know but it just wasn’t the ending I felt we d
Tabitha Davis
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So I have to say I am in love with the world that Olivia A Cole has created.

The world of Faloiv is amazing, and the way the world communicates is so cool (and one of my favorite parts about these books). But not only that, the plants and animals that she has created are unique and not just by how they look but in their relationships and reactions to each other.

I also love how the main character grows in this book and how she is discovering things about herself and her strengths that she did not
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Second book in the Faloiv series and it's a great bridge book. I can't wait to see what happens in the next one. You have to have read the first book or this one won't make much sense. Octavia is living in the city with the Faloiv when she realizes that she must go back to the humans and warn them about what Dr. Albatur is doing. When she arrives home her welcome is less that hospitable and she is taken to the labs and experimented on until her friends help her escape. Once she escapes she reali ...more
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I wish more people knew about and read this series. It’s science fiction/space setting like I’ve never read before. The setting is so vivid and beautiful. The plot in this one was slower than the first but the issues raised and decisions the characters have to make about the environment and their role within it are just as thought provoking and fascinating to read. I’ll definitely be recommending this one so it can find more readers to appreciate how great this series is, especially today as we ...more
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Olivia Cole is an author and blogger from Louisville, Kentucky. She spent eight years in Chicago and two in South Florida before finding her way back home. She is the author of PANTHER IN THE HIVE and its sequel, THE ROOSTER’S GARDEN, as well as her latest young adult series, A CONSPIRACY OF STARS and its sequel AN ANATOMY OF BEASTS. She is on the Creative Writing faculty at the Kentucky Governor’ ...more

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