Bang by Lisa McMann
WARNING! IF YOU HAVE NOT YET READ Crash I URGE YOU TO STOP READING. THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS OF THE FIRST BOOK. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.
I’m just going to assume that you guys actually heeded my warning and are not reading this if you haven’t read the first book (if not, shame on you, you spoiler-readers!). So as I believe I said in my previous post, Crash ended with one hell of a game-changer. When Bang begins, it is Jules’ first day back at school after the accident and her first chance to talk to Sawyer about his vision. This time it is, in my opinion, much cooler and much more intense: a shooting. 11 deaths. Bang BANG!
Just like in Crash, the story follows Jules as she tries to figure out all the little details of the tragedy and, of course, stop it from happening. The difference though is that this time she isn’t alone; she’s got Trey and Sawyer helping her out. For this reason, among others, I preferred the second book to the first. There was less worrying about potential insanity and more dialogue, humour, and teamwork. I found this made for a more interesting read because you get to know the other characters more. Mix Sawyer’s and Trey’s fabulous personalities with Jules’ quirkiness and voilà! A recipe for pure awesomeness.
A bonus? Two words: Jules and Sawyer moments! Ahh, the romance. MWAH!
I also found that this plot was more full of suspense than the first. In Crash, Jules had to figure out the where and the when in order to stop it. But Bang is centred around a shooting which means a shooter(s). So now they’re trying to figure out the where and the when and the who. Jules, being the only one of them to have gone through a vision previously, is the only one who has some semblance of an idea of how to deal with it, but this time the vision isn’t hers. It’s Sawyer’s. Instead of working with something in her own mind, she’s working through Sawyer and, really, she’s the only one who knows what she’s doing and they’re making mistakes and time is running out and suspense is building, building, BUILDING!
As a whole, Bang was much better than I’d expected. I often find the second book in a series to be the most boring; it has to set everything up for the last, meanwhile the plot slows down and since you’ve already been sucked in, you don’t want to quit before the finale. There are, of course, exceptions to this and Bang was absolutely one of them. It is, without a doubt, my favourite of the trilogy so far!
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