Twists and turns [SPOILERS]

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Tigereetiger2010 wrote: 14 Feb 2020, 23:45
Jezebelle84 wrote: 14 Feb 2020, 14:20 I wasn't invested enough in this book for any of the twists to shock me. it was like "Adam, you have a twin. He's evil" Meh. No more mention of him. "Vikki is actually a spy for Iksha and she's over 30 years old" uh huh, and? Then the part about Alexandra still being alive and now being with the Iksha. i was like "why?"
second book explains a lot of these things in a lot more detail.
I thought the second book might explore some of those things. Unfortunately, I won't be reading it.
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Jezebelle84 wrote: 18 Feb 2020, 13:34
Tigereetiger2010 wrote: 14 Feb 2020, 23:45
Jezebelle84 wrote: 14 Feb 2020, 14:20 I wasn't invested enough in this book for any of the twists to shock me. it was like "Adam, you have a twin. He's evil" Meh. No more mention of him. "Vikki is actually a spy for Iksha and she's over 30 years old" uh huh, and? Then the part about Alexandra still being alive and now being with the Iksha. i was like "why?"
second book explains a lot of these things in a lot more detail.
I thought the second book might explore some of those things. Unfortunately, I won't be reading it.
I am slightly curious about the next book, but only in the way I would be curious about what happens after a car crash or something :mrgreen:
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I was excited to learn of Adam's twin. Also that Alexandra is still alive. I'm expecting a few more twists in the next book. I have a feeling there's more to Nikolay as well.
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I think the beauty of a really good plot twist is that, even though you never saw it coming, when it hits you it´s like...bang...a bolt of realisation strikes and it all makes sense. Didn´t get the big bang moment with this book but even so, the author deserves credit for making the effort to hold back and then ´reveal´ character histories or motivations that can be considered effective in breaking up the monotony of a predictable tale.
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The Vikki twist was my favourite! But does anyone know why Adam wasn't drawn to her the same way he was to JoAnn? Technically both took the serum (presumably Terry did too) but his reaction was different.

I agree the twist would be much more shocking if Terry was a favoured character.
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Kelyn wrote: 10 Feb 2020, 16:35 I think I'm biased because I'm the mother of twins, but I was delighted with the twist that Adam was a twin. The being adopted part was just an aside to me.
Ooh, agreed! That was also a total surprise, and that twin connection (in fantasy fiction or in real-life scenarios) is always an ironclad, unbreakable bond. Delightful twists are always a pleasure to suddenly come across.
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I thought all the twists were really interesting (Adam having a twin, Alexandra being alive, them both being part of the Iksha, Vikki’s arc, JoAnn and the serum, Dauma’s merging, and more) but at some point it felt like there were too many plot points thrown together. I would have liked to see more development into some of the twists (especially Adam’s orgin and family) rather than what seemed like wild events thrown in for shock value. Dauma basically told Carly “oh by the way, Alexandra’s alive and part of the Iksha” and then merged with her before we could get any more detail. All the turns are super interesting, I just want to know more without having to read a whole second and possibly third before things are tied together. It’s good to include points of interest to move the plot forward, but a lot of the book felt like an exposition for things to come.
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arigray9 wrote: 26 Feb 2020, 01:04 I thought all the twists were really interesting (Adam having a twin, Alexandra being alive, them both being part of the Iksha, Vikki’s arc, JoAnn and the serum, Dauma’s merging, and more) but at some point it felt like there were too many plot points thrown together. I would have liked to see more development into some of the twists (especially Adam’s orgin and family) rather than what seemed like wild events thrown in for shock value. Dauma basically told Carly “oh by the way, Alexandra’s alive and part of the Iksha” and then merged with her before we could get any more detail. All the turns are super interesting, I just want to know more without having to read a whole second and possibly third before things are tied together. It’s good to include points of interest to move the plot forward, but a lot of the book felt like an exposition for things to come.
I had that "multi books thrown together" feeling a lot while reading this book as well... I am also a fan of some good foreshadowing which this book had none (that I recall offhand). Too many balls coming out of the left field.
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There were series of surprises. The origin of Adam caught me off guard. Who would have imagined that he was a twin? He was also adopted.
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I think the most shocking twist was when Dauma informs Carly that the man the Iksha held captive was Mark. I had thought maybe it was Adam's twin or sibling. It seemed like a brutal way to kill off a character.
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I agree with others who have noted the twists kind of just get throw in and then vanish.

And was it just me, or did Vikki have a lot of sudden revelations?

Like - BAM! She's really an adult.

WOOSH! She and Adam are related (which is why he wasn't into her because genetics and other reasonings which seem to be a desperate attempt to undercut Adam's oedipal complex in the earlier half of the book).

When it comes to Vikki, showing her mercy for the genetic twist at the end undermined any theoretical growth we were supposed to see in Adam.
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My favorite was how the serum in his mom's veins explained the love he had for her. Such a relief lol!
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The biggest twist for me was definitely the Vicki twist. I really did not see it coming!
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Mounce574 wrote: 08 Feb 2020, 00:19 Adam's origin was a major twist for me. I never expected that he was adopted and had a twin.
Same! Also, when his mother joined Iksha.
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Nym182 wrote: 08 Feb 2020, 13:56 I did think that Vicki being an adult was an interesting twist.
That was a great twist to me too. I feel like it was slightly hinted at earlier when Adam was wondering how a parent would let a teen get breast implants. I didn't see it coming though. That, and Adam having a twin.
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