Losing Lila - Sarah Alderson
Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
Release Date: 5th August 2012
Edition: UK paperback, review copy
Other Titles by this Author: Hunting Lila, Fated
Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit. Alex is determined to keep Lila safe at any cost, but Lila’s only thought is of finding a way back to California so she can rescue her family from the military base where they’re being held.
Lila plans not only to save her brother and her mum, but also to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for. But that means Lila returning to California alone, and making friends with the enemy – putting herself at risk of losing everything: Alex, her family...even her life.
After leaving Hunting Lila languishing in my room for months before finally taking a chance on it, I began Losing Lila the morning after finishing Hunting Lila and didn’t put it down until I’d devoured the whole book.
In Losing Lila, Lila begins to further develop and understand her powers and use them as a weapon against The Unit to save her family. She’s starting to realise that she has a power and a responsibility and that she can protect herself and doesn’t need to hide anymore. I have to admit that her moments of doubt and uncertainty over her self-control and her actions only endeared me to her further. There were also the most adorable bits where Alex realised this too and got a little irked and thought that she didn’t need him anymore – he’s just too perfect for words; in a completely un-perfect way, of course.
As well as my undying love for Alex, I also came to appreciate Jack a little more in Losing Lila. He’s still a little too quick to anger and a tad overbearing for me, but I came to appreciate his loyalty and fierce love for his family. I also got rather worried for him several times during the novel and I wondered how he'd react to Alex and Lila’s relationship - it was hilarious and so, so sweet.
Even after the non-stop action, sweet romance and constant drama of Losing Lila, I still wasn’t quite ready to leave Lila, Jack and Alex behind when I finished the book. I was delighted to discover a short story from Alex’s point of view at the end of the novel. It’s from the day before and the day of Lila’s arrival in California and the beginning of Alex and Lila’s spark. I have to say that I could easily re-read both books through Alex’s eyes. It would actually be very, very interesting to see things like the break in to the base and what was really going on with Alex when he was being distant with Lila from his perspective.
I really fell in love with Lila and Alex’s story and I would now definitely call myself a fan of Sarah Alderson and I can't wait to read Fated and her next release, The Sound.
Thank you to S&S for providing me with a review copy.