I’m tentative about An Anatomy of Beasts by Olivia A. Cole, in truth. And what this really comes down to is the fact that I’m just not sure if I’ll like the first book in this series. It’s fair enough to say that I’m looking forward to reading it and definitely interested in the topic. I just haven’t quite determined whether or not I’ll read this book because, chances are, if I don’t like the first one I’ll see no reason to pick this book up. So, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it goes.
I’m about 80% sure that the synopsis for this book contains spoilers from the first novel, so I’m just letting you know now that you should read it at your own risk.
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 looming. Her discovery of a separate population of humans—including her grandparents—only serves to show her how out of touch humans are with reality on Faloiv.
Then the Faloii discover the N’Terran’s latest experiment: an artificially weaponized creature, and Octavia realizes that it’s up to her to prevent her people from causing any further destruction. More determined than ever, Octavia and her friends set out to understand the scope of humanity’s history. However, nothing can prepare them for the full weight of what they discover about both their home on Faloiv and the Origin planet. And as she learns to control her ability to communicate through the Artery, the network that connects everything on Faloiv, Octavia must act to change her people’s future before the natural balance on the planet shifts forever.
How do you feel about An Anatomy of Beasts? Does it sound like a book you’d want to read? Do you think the first book in the series is worth reading? If you’ve read it before, what did you think? Will this book be on your TBR? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!