by Sarah Harian
Series: Chaos Theory #2
Published by: Penguin
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Even though she’s escaped, twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra is anything but free. She’s desperate to return to a life that no longer exists, but prying reporters continually draw her back into nightmarish memories, using the tabloids to vilify her. Bad press is the last thing she needs during the trial of the year: the case that she and her fellow survivors staked against the Compass Room engineers. A case that could terminate the use of the inhumane system forever... But in her dreams, she is still locked in that terrifying jail. When she wakes, someone is trying to communicate with her in secret, through strange and intricate clues. As Evalyn follows their signs, she uncovers a conspiracy that goes so much deeper than her own ordeal. A dangerous intrigue that only she can bring to light. One that will force her to work with the one person she doesn’t want to see. The person who owns her heart...
I am thoroughly enjoying the Chaos Theory trilogy by Sarah Harian. A Vault of Sins the second book surpasses The Wicked We Have Done the first book. Harian notched up the science-fiction and intense action scenes. Twisted, government conspiracies and secret anti groups who expose the truth, along with an active cyber community kept me riveted. A Vault of Sins made my geeky side smile 🙂
The concept of the Compass Room was one that I enjoyed in The Wicked We Have Done, where murderers are placed in a controlled environment for thirty days while a program determines their moral compass. They will either die or survive. What was interesting to me, is that in this reality there is no grey area. Even those who murder in self-defense are not immune to the Compass Room. Things went terribly wrong when Evelyn Ibarra and eleven other accused entered the room in book one. Now those who survived are seeking justice, and the truth. Where those answers lead them was one heck of a ride.
In A Vault of Sins we delve deeper into the workings of the Compass Room, and meet those who are determined to expose the truth. We spend time with the survivors as they battle the government and try to deal with the emotional toll all of this has created. It was fast paced, fascinating and had this reader holding her breath. Harian further develops the relationship between Evalyn and Casey. Valarie and Evalyn struggle with what they did wrong and suffer survivor’s guilt. They readily accept that they should have died in the Compass Room, but are fighting for those who should have walked. I was happy to see the characters fleshed out more, and while the romance continues it is a side dish to the overall ARC. We still have unanswered questions and I am anxious for the final book.
A Vault of Sins and the Chaos theory will have you the reader pondering the grey areas of murder, justice and more.
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