There was less romance in Erased as well, due to events that occur and cause Sam and Anna to put a hold on their romantic relationship. Don’t worry, there’s no stupid second book breakup though! The romance is just pushed aside for most of the book in favour of the action, and more importantly Anna’s backstory.
Can we have a round of applause for Jennifer Rush for actually focussing on her main character? Lots of YA authors don’t do this, and instead choose to fill the book with romantic scenes and tell us how the two love interests can’t live without each other. Instead of that rubbish, Jennifer Rush writes about Anna and her backstory, and her history with the government. We learn how she lost her memory, who she was before she lost it, and all those sorts of things. It’s lovely to read about, because, like I’ve said in the past, lots of YA main characters – particularly females – don’t get a chance to be their own person before they’re thrown into a relationship which then defines them. With Erased, we get to actually focus on the person who should be the focus all along – the strong, interesting, complicated female main character.
And you didn’t think I was going to write this review without squealing over Nick, did you? Honestly, don’t you know me at all? Nick is my favourite out of the four guys, and I was so happy when I learnt that he’s going to have a more important role in Erased. We get to see a lot more of him in this book, and we learn more about his backstory and his history with various other characters. I adore him, and the fact that he got so much more development (AND BOOK THREE IS ABOUT NICK!) made me cry from happiness.
And yes, I ship him with Anna. Even though I also ship her with Sam. OT3! *screams* Anna and Nick have amazing amounts of chemistry, that I definitely don’t think I’m imagining, and their scenes together made me flail.
That said, Jennifer Rush does not turn this into a love triangle! *sobs with part relief, part horror* So you don’t need to worry about Nick getting in the way of Sam and Anna. Although I totally wouldn’t mind that, so if anyone wants to write some fanfiction then hit me up.
Overall, Erased is fucking amazing and definitely worthy of sitting on my favourites shelf with Altered. Jennifer Rush has created a thrilling mystery full of action with some romance sprinkled in, and I adore it. I need more of these characters, mostly Nick, RIGHT. NOW. Seriously, where is that fanfic?