Friday, 10 June 2016

Review: Changers, Book Two: Oryon by Allison Glock-Cooper & T. Cooper


Changers, Book Two: Oryon by Allison Glock-Cooper & T. Cooper
Published by Little Brown Book Group UK 2016 (E-Book)
288 Pages

Thank you to Little Brown for sending me this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Changers Book Two: Oryon in the four-part Changers series for young adults finds our hero Ethan/Drew on the eve of her second metamorphosis—into Oryon, a skinny, African American skater boy with more swagger than he knows what to do with. Enter a mess of trouble from the Changers Council, the closed-minded Abiders, the Radical Changers
(RaChas), and his best friend Audrey—at least she was his best friend when Oryon was Drew—and now, it's complicated.

But that's life (and life, and life, and life) for Changers, an ancient race of humans who must live out each year of high school as a completely different person. Before next summer, Oryon will learn what it means to be truly loved, scared spitless, and at the center of a burgeoning national culture war. Most of all, he will learn again how much the eyes of the world try to shape you into what they see—and how only when you resist do you clearly begin to see yourself.

Thoughts

I read Changers, Book One at the start of the year and it was actually the first book I ever reviewed on Amy's Bookish Life, so it will always be a book I remember. I remember being so intrigued with the concept of living out each four years of your school life as a different person. It was just something that stood out to me and seemed rather unique. So when I managed to get a copy of Changers, Book Two I knew I was going to be in for a treat.

Changers Book 2 starts as Ethan/Drew changes into tall, skinny, African-American Oryon who has a lot of swagger, for his Sophmore year and second year as a Changer. We follow Oryon as he tries to cope with being in the minority category at Central High and make friends. We also see him trying to win over the affections of Audrey, whom he was rather close to when he was Drew in his Freshman year. We experience Oryon's highs and lows as he starts to realise how hard it really is to be a second year Changer.

I feel that Changers, Book 2 answers a lot of questions that were unanswered or just not explained well in Changers, Book 1. For example we find out a bit more about the Abiders (Statics or non-changers who are Anti-Changer) and how dangerous they can actually be. We also discover how the RACHA (or radical changers) are getting on. We learn this by being introduced to Chase's (remember Chase from book 1?) new persona. I feel like the RACHA's are quite similar to Hippies which I feel is what they were based on.

I feel like Oryon was a better character than Drew and I felt a lot closer to him whilst reading. It was like I wanted to know what happened to him and I wanted to just be there for him. Whereas Drew was a pretty two dimensional character, in my opinion, Oryon definitley was a lot more drawn out and thought up. Sometimes whilst reading I did forget that they were basically the same person. You would've thought their personalities would be the same, but they certainly weren't.

Like in Book 1 there are a few sensitive issues that are touched on. In this instance Racism, Discrimination, Hate, Prejudice and Sex were mentioned. I felt like they were dealt in a way that wouldn't be triggering to anyone and could actually be helpful in educating people who may not be used to these types of issues.

Changers, Book 2 was a great sequel to its predecessor it definitley had more depth with regards to the storyline and characters. I am now dying to read Book 3, as the ending literally had my mouth hanging open with shock (if you read it you will know what I mean).

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Author Bios

Allison Glock-Cooper is the author of the New York Times notable book and Whiting Award winner Beauty Before Comfort. Her work has been published in the New York Times, GQ, Rolling Stone, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine, the New Yorker, O, the Oprah Magazine, Elle, Marie Claire, and many others. She is a contributing editor for the magazine Garden & Gun, a senior writer at ESPN, a columnist for Southern Living, and the recipient of a GLAAD award. Her first poem was recently published in the New Yorker. She is the coauthor of Changers Book One: Drew and Changers Book Two: Oryon.



T Cooper is the author of four novels, including the bestselling "The Beaufort Diaries" and "Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes," as well as a brand-new Young Adult book series entitled "Changers." Cooper edited an anthology of original stories entitled "A Fictional History of the United States With Huge Chunks Missing," and his most recent book is the non-fiction "Real Man Adventures" (just released in paperback from McSweeney's Books). He has also written for television, and is the co-founder of a new Empathy Project, Wearechangers.org.


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