Publisher: Delacorte Books For Young Readers.
Release Date: September 28, 2010.
How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean - and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives. Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future...and that Daniel hasn't told her everything. What if his version of the past isn't actually the way things happened...what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?
Torment, while definitely better than Fallen, still puts me on the fence about this series. After closing the book, I had no newfound admiration or love for any of the characters, except maybe Daniel a little. But my fondness for him had more to do with feeling sympathetic for the way Luce treats him.
Plain and simple, Luce is a bit of an idiot in this one. After Daniel places her in a new school for her protection and requests that she stays on school grounds where the Outcasts, a new enemy, can’t harm her, she takes any opportunity she can to do the exact opposite. To a certain extent, I get it. It has to be incredibly confusing to not know anything about who you were in your past lives, what happened to you or what kind of families you had. Luce finds answers in the Announcers. But even after her new teachers, an angel and demon, instruct her to leave them alone because they’re so dangerous, she still risks her safety. It’s warranted behavior, I guess, but it’s still a thousand kinds of frustrating.
Her relationship with Daniel is a bit rocky. I thought Luce was being reckless about her safety, but she’s somewhat callous of her romance. There are some gorgeous scenes between the two of them, one that will go down in swoon-worthy history for me. But it seems like after every good scene, there’s a bad one. And Luce tends to blame everything on Daniel. This is another one of those situations where I understand it, but I don’t like it.
Story-wise, I wasn’t disappointed. The plot seems to cruise along faster than Fallen. There’s a lot of subtle hinting and foreshadowing, but I actually loved it. It’s weird because that’s the sort of thing that usually frustrates me, but it worked with Torment.
Overall, I wasn’t entirely happy with the second book in the series. But looking past my own qualms, this was a good follow-up. New characters, new enemies, new action, new hotties and a new setting - it’s exciting, that’s for sure. Fans of Fallen will devour this one!