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Synopsis: Worst. Road. Trip. Ever.
Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.
The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.
Enigma is the conclusion to the Schrodinger’s Consortium duology, and while it wasn’t quite as perfect as Anomaly, it was still a quick and enjoyable read.
The story picks up three days after Anomaly ended. The story is told in Josie’s and Reid’s POV, which gives things a more personal touch as you can see what they’re really thinking about each other. Their relationship is still in its beginning stages and has all the sweetness and awkwardness of young love. Josie is still reeling from the events of the previous book, and while Reid does everything he can to help her, complications arise when they’re forced to hide their feelings from the rest of the Resistance. As a result, there’s lots of sneaking around, hiding in each other’s rooms, etc. And while I love the two of them as a couple, I found myself wishing for a little less romance and a bit more action. That’s not to say there isn’t any action. There’s quite a few fight scenes where you once again see all those awesome powers that made Anomaly so much fun. I just found the pace to be slower here because a lot of emphasis seemed to be placed on how Josie and Reid felt about each other, and not as much on finding the mole and bringing down the Consortium.
However, Tonya Kuper once again does a masterful job at world-building and introducing interesting new characters with even more awesome Oculi superpowers. The fighting scenes are exciting, and it’s fun watching Josie learn how to use her powers and feel more comfortable about herself.
Overall, I think Enigma is a solid ending to this unique and creative duology and will please fans. While you could read this as a standalone, I recommend reading Anomaly first because you’ll get much more out of the characters and their story. Teens and adults who love science mixed with fantasy, and like their characters to be on the nerdy side, will definitely enjoy these books. Tonya Kuper is a fantastic writer and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.