A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian

September 16th, 2014 Kimberly Review 49 Comments

16th Sep
A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian
A Vault of Sins
by Sarah Harian
Series: Chaos Theory #2
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

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 TheΒ 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 πŸ™‚

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.

About Sarah Harian

Sarah Harian grew up in the foothills of Yosemite and received her B.A. and M.F.A. from Fresno State University. When not writing, she is usually hiking some mountain or another in the Sierras, playing video games with her husband, or rough-housing with her dog.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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49 Responses to “A Vault of Sins by Sarah Harian”

  1. Christy

    It’s kind of funny, I totally expected to like this more than you. Hope the next one (if there is one) is even better.

  2. Jennifer Bielman

    It’s so rare to have a second book surpass the first book these days. Now that I know this one turned out great, I will have to grab this series.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It had more depth, and I loved all the cover ups, conspiracies and geeky things πŸ™‚

  3. Kristin

    I totally missed this series when the first one came out. Between you and Christy I’m completely interested in the premise – it sounds very cool! Almost sounds like it could be made into a movie, too….. just a matter of time I bet ????? I should see if the first one is cheap on Amazon πŸ˜‰ Great zippy review!!!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, this would make a very interesting movie, just the sci-fi stuff alone makes it cool.

  4. Celine

    Ooo, it’s even better? Awesome. I already enjoyed The Wicked We Have Done, I’m glad to hear the things I enjoyed about it (conspiracies! action!) are even more pronounced in A Vault of Sins

  5. Nick

    That’s awesome that the second book is far superior to the first one in a series. I love when that happens! πŸ™‚
    Anyways, I really need to catch up on this series. It sounds action-packed and a heck of an entertaining ride! πŸ™‚

  6. Rita

    You caught my interest with saying that the series is great as it continues on and doesn’t suffer from sophomoric slump. I like geeky books; I will have to check the first one out now.

  7. Katherine

    I love to hear when a series stays on track. So often we get a great first book and then the rest are just kind of okay. Another series I’ll have to look for. I think I’ll recommend this one to my daughter though. It sounds like her kind of book. Great review!

  8. Tanja

    Oh books that make me hold my breath tend to become favorite of mine. I’m so happy that this one is one of these and that you enjoyed it. I’ll have to check out the first book first. Great review, Kim πŸ™‚

  9. Braine Talk Supe

    This book is popular this week! I read a few reviews yesterday and it seems y’all are in consensus over this. That’s great feedback not just for the author but for readers like me who have yet to try this.

  10. Melliane

    I didn’t know this one but it’s always so good when a second book is better than the first one. It’s always a wonderful surprise. I hope it will be even better now with the third one!

  11. Lily

    To be honest I hadn’t even heard of this book let alone series but just hearing how much you loved this one and how it seems to have surpassed the first one in your opinion makes me want to read it asap! Great review πŸ™‚

  12. sherry fundin

    I haven’t read any of the series, yet, but have seen it around. Does sound like something I would love to read. Thanks for the great review.

  13. Nereyda

    I really liked the first one have this one too read soon. I just need to squeeze it in. Happy to see you liked this even better than book 1!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hear you Lauren, I have books on my wishlist for series and book 3 is out..LOL

  14. Tyler H Jolley

    “A Vault of Sins made my geeky side smile” SOLD

    I hope you’re feeling better. I am so behind on my blogs, I’ve on deadline. πŸ™‚

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Hmm, it has been a while and lord I am sick again, but doing fine πŸ™‚ Yeah I love the title. Good luck with the deadline πŸ™‚

  15. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    I really enjoyed the first book and I’m just about to start on this so I’m really pleased to hear you enjoyed it and that the characters were further fleshed out.

    Get well soon Kimba! a lovely review.