Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Johan Twiss continues the I Am Sleepless YA sci-fi series with Book 2, The Huntress. Aidan, Palomas, Fig, and Masay’s next goal is to escape Mount Fegorio, head to Vapor City, and look for the rebellion group which will lead them to the Reader. With the help of General Estrago, as well as senior cadets Dixon and Zana, the plan is dangerous but achievable. However, High Huntress Sheva is onto them right from the beginning, and the young primes find themselves struggling to survive in the real world.
This second installment is not quite a standalone. New readers would definitely be able to grasp its premise and intricate world building more by reading the first book, I Am Sleepless: Sim 299. That said, Twiss provides the Prime Abilities guide early on, which describes every prime’s strengths and defects－definitely useful as a reminder for fans of the series and helpful for new readers. The continuation of the plot is exciting and well-paced. Some secrets are revealed, yet there’s more to be learned if Aidan wants to save his friends from Director Tuskin and his subordinates. As the new addition to the story, Sheva is deadly and enigmatic, giving more depth and dynamic to the series. I like the sketches just as the ones in its predecessor. Novels that combine literary and visual mediums are always aesthetically richer and have more to offer readers’ imaginations. I hope Twiss maintains this aspect in his work, since most works of fiction only focus on the book covers. Simply put, another entertaining read with a page-turning storyline.