Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication date: October 8th 2013.
My rating: 4 stars
Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.
Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.
Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…
***Spoilers if you haven’t read Crash***
I liked Crash, the first book in the Visions series, but it failed to “wow” me. It was entertaining and fun, but only just that. I’m happy to report that Bang was a much better read for me.
Bang takes up the story where Crash left us. Jules’ vision came to an end after she successfully thwarted the tragedy, (phew!) only to find out Sawyer is now having his own vision of tragedy! Any peace over her success is quickly replace by unease and worry for Sawyer. But with each other’s help and support they piece together the clues that are gradually revealed. Unfortunately, Sawyer’s vision is disturbing and dangerous!
One of the things I really loved about Bang was getting to witness Jules experiencing the joys of romance and love for the first time. Feeling all the overwhelming aspects: mental, emotional, and physical, and realizing that until you experience it yourself no one can fully explain the intensity! So yes, there was some major swoon in this installment between Sawyer and Jules! Love it when the girl gets the guy she’s been pining over for years! I also loved the fact that they were a united couple throughout, facing all their troubles together.
The loving sibling relationship between Jules, Trey, and Rowan warmed my heart. Their parents have so many issues, primarily the father, so it’s nice to see how they lent support and strength to each other. I felt sorry for Sawyer who’s had to deal with all his family drama and dysfunction on his own, before he became close to the Demarco’s. He sort of becomes the fourth musketeer in their pack, fitting in easily with such a common background. I was so happy Sawyer finally had friends watching his back.
Bang’s suspenseful plot lent excitement to the story, but I would’ve been just as happy just to read about the personal relationships, as this interested me the most. I don’t know if there will be a third installment but it certainly seems that way even if the story wrapped up for the most part.
Bang was a solid follow-up surpassing Crash, IMO, and if there are more books in the series, I will happily pick them up!
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