Quanta (The Shadow Ravens #2) By Lola Dodge (2015)
NA Fiction | Sci-Fi Romance
“Just because Quanta can see the future doesn’t mean she can change it. She’s spent most of her life imprisoned, feeding her captors information to keep herself alive, but she’s finally reached the endgame and her death creeps closer by the moment.
The son of two senators, Altair Orpheus leads a life of privilege that provides the perfect cover for his side job: working with the rebel Shadow Ravens to undermine the ruling Seligo government. Everything is running like clockwork until he crosses paths with Quanta. As he watches her deftly maneuver through life in a perverse prison, his plastic heart melts. A jailbreak would be suicide, but Tair is willing to sacrifice everything to give her a chance at happiness.
Now Quanta senses a terrifying new future brewing. She and Tair are bound together, but every image of them kissing, snuggling, and acting knee-weakeningly happy is balanced by a much darker possibility. They’ll be picture perfect together, but only until time rips them apart. How can she follow her heart when she’s seen how their love plays out?”
Expected Publication Date: October 13, 2015
pooled ink Review:
Quanta is a sci-fi romance (emphasis on romance) geared perhaps towards an older YA Fiction audience but definitely written for a wider/older audience than just teens (as it does contain some adult language, themes, & content). It’s the second book in the Shadow Ravens Trilogy but while it is a continuation of the story it’s also somewhat of a standalone by shifting the focus onto a different set of characters: Cipher (written by Aileen Erin) starred Cipher and Knightly while Quanta is about Quanta, a clairvoyant held captive, and Altair, a rich Senator’s son & scientist gone rogue.
Lola Dodge describes the series thusly: “I’m co-writing this series with Aileen Erin and Christina Bauer. We developed the world together from the beginning and will each write a novel from the POV of one of three main heroines. Later on we’ll also have collaborative books featuring all three POVs. Think of it like the Avengers, where the heroes get their own stories and then come together to fight the big villain” (via Goodreads)
I tore through this book only putting it down to do such mundane things such as eat, sleep, contemplate changing out of my sweatpants, etcetera. As I read this book I couldn’t help but envision how it might be adapted onto the screen. Some books are books through and through but other books are born with the obvious potential for a movie. Quanta could so easily be adapted into a film. The world was interesting, dystopian, futuristic, and unbelievably fast-paced. The intrigue and action spring forward from page one and didn’t stop barreling onward until it fell into oblivion after the last page lingering in limbo until it can land on the waiting tracks of book three to keep on running.
The romance is a definite forerunner in the plot but at least it’s not a mushy puppy love that ain’t nobody got time for. I’m not personally a huge fan of when romance takes such a prominent role but it worked for this book and avoided being completely ridiculous. It held its own but the author also succeeded in creating a futuristic setting that was complete enough in itself to survive whether the romance dial is turned up or down. But don’t let the romance scare you off and keep you from reading the numerous witty, sarcastic, and humorous lines delivered (or thought) by Quanta herself. One of my favorites, you may ask?
“Each one was about the size of a bridge troll, decked out with enough stunning and maiming weapons to make a pacifist faint.”
Quanta is a jolted adrenaline-paced story of a cold, futuristic, dystopian, science-dominated world with a bit of spicy paranormal and sweet romance to flavor it up into a successful second installment of the Shadow Ravens Trilogy.
Meet Lola Dodge!
Lola is a compulsive traveler, baker, and procrastinator. She earned her BA in English from Stonehill College and MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University—and hasn’t stopped moving since. When she’s not on the road, Lola spends her time indoors where the sunlight can’t melt her, writing or bingeing on anime and cherry soda. She can be summoned in a ritual involving curry, Hello Kitty idols, and a solid chocolate pentagram.