Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Generation 18
Author: Keri Arthur
Series: Spook Squad #2
Hero/Heroine: Sam & Gabriel
Genre: M/F Urban Fantasy
Length: 386 pages
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Available at: Dell/Random House & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: COUNTDOWN TO CRISIS
A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. A vampire takes lives at random. At first glance, these tragic incidents seem unrelated. But Special Investigations Unit agents Sam Ryan and Gabriel Stern trace them both back to a military base known as Hopeworth. Is the murder spree part of a cover-up? And are the vampire killings less by chance and more methodical?
The investigation takes an eerie, personal turn when Sam discovers a connection between herself and the victims—and a clue to her own mysterious origins. With the violence escalating and the danger drawing closer to home, the stakes are raised and the mission changes from seeking justice to ensuring Sam and Gabriel’s own survival. And the one person who seems to hold all the answers—about Hopeworth, about Sam’s past—is a mystery man she isn’t sure she can trust. They share a psychic link through her dreams, and he once saved her life, but he may just be the greatest enemy humankind has ever known.
I won’t go into too much detail about this book because so much happens. What I will say is that it goes just a tad deeper into Hopeworth but at the same time causes Sam and Gabriel to uncover the mystery behind some unexpected murders. We also get to learn a bit more about Gabriel as a character and the situations he’s involved in.
This was a pretty solid follow up to Memory Zero. I liked that there’s still so much tension between Gabriel and Sam and that Sam is at the point where she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer. Also, it’s obvious that Sam is maturing into the person she was always meant to be when they created her. I loved that she’s coming into her abilities and really starting to get a feel for what she can do. At the same time, I’m not quite sure what to think of Gabriel. I loved him in the last book but this one he’s so stubborn and his reasoning for why he doesn’t want to pursue anything with Sam is a little ridiculous BUT I still found it a little endearing because he’s being so loyal to his dead mate.
While I really enjoyed this book, I had a few issues. For starters, I feel like the storyline surrounding Sam’s amnesia didn’t go anywhere. In the last story, we already learned about Sam including the fact that she may be a science experiment. In this one, we still don’t know 100% that she was an experiment so it’s still implied. Other than that, I feel like only one storyline was concluded in this book and the other two story lines are still wide open with not many questions answered. For example, the kites – they were brought up once or twice then nothing. No explanations of who’s controlling them, why they’re controlling them, why they’re targeting certain people, etc. not even an attempt to find out why. I fear that with all these questions still left open and only one book left, there might not be enough room for conclusions to everything 😦
In the end, I still liked this one. I love how fast-paced this series is and the intense sexual tension between Sam and Gabriel. I do wish the story had progressed with more answers to who Sam is but as it was, I really enjoyed getting deeper into the mystery of the 12 hour murders and seeing that mystery unfold. Definitely give this one a go if you’re looking for a fast-paced mystery!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*