Author: Sarah Alderson (author website)
Release Date: Aug. 2nd 2012 by Simon & Schuster Aus.
Age Group: Young Adult
Sarah Alderson's books are like the hot pizza delivery boy: delicious, satisfying meal, plus perks you didn't even expect... She won ardent fans everywhere with her sexy, action-packed debut, Hunting Lila, and she’s at it again in Losing Lila, only more so. The romance is hotter, the stakes are higher, and the explosions, gunfights and chases are even more exciting. Yep, it’s time to buckle your seatbelts and load your weapons: Sarah's delivered again.
Alex and Lila are on the run, desperately trying to stay one step ahead of the Unit, which somehow is managing to track their every move. Whilst Alex is determined to keep Lila safe and her ability secret at any cost, Lila’s only thought is of finding a way back to California so that she can rescue her brother and mother from the military base where they’re being held.
Struggling to control both her growing power and her deepening feelings for Alex, Lila decides the time has finally come to stop running and start fighting. Together with Alex, Demos, and the people she’s come to think of as family, Lila plans not just to save her brother and mother, but to completely destroy the Unit and everything it stands for.
But the plan requires Lila to return alone to California, make friends with the enemy, and to risk losing everything - Alex, her family, and even her life.
The Story:On the run, and hunted like an animal due to her telekinesis, seventeen year old Lila Loveday is a ‘Psy’, born with unique mental powers. Powers shady special-ops team ‘The Unit’ will stop at nothing to possess. But Lila’s done running. Teaming up with the group of Psys who kidnapped and saved her in Hunting Lila, Lila and her smoking hot, ex-Unit Marine boyfriend, Alex, are about to start fighting back.
Action, deadly secrets and espionage collide in the Lila duology’s thrilling conclusion.
The 101:Losing Lila is the book stripped bare: while Hunting Lila was full of action, there was also a lot of build, setup, and teenage longing. Now, with the scene set, and players placed, Alderson jumps straight into the excitement. There's not an ounce of fat on Lila, nothing superfluous. Anything that's not heart stopping action or bone melting romance is absent. Alderson aims for blockbuster entertainment value, and succeeds.
Our titular protagonist is back, and she’s... better. Though set only days after Hunting Lila’s conclusion, Lila has grown. She’s tougher, more determined and stronger—in more ways than one. Lila’s still impulsive, but she’s grounded in the knowledge of what she’s up against, and what she’s truly capable of—which seems to be just about anything. Lila’s become an unstoppable force, and to her, there’s no such thing as an immovable object. But she does question herself, does think things through. Lila doesn’t hesitate to put herself on the line to accomplish her goals, but after her losses, she stubbornly refuses to allow those she cares about to do the same. She’s a wonderful, fun, vibrant character, and readers will delight in watching her truly come into herself, and her powers.
The romance between Alex and Lila is intensified, and there’s a shift from what seemed a one-sided infatuation for a good part of Hunting Lila, to something far deeper, something mutually acknowledged and shared; something beautiful. The chemistry between the couple is hot enough to melt rock, and Alderson ups the ante with scenes crackling with electricity, both eminently satisfying and deliciously frustrating.
Yet, once again, this is about more than romance, more than Alex and Lila: Alderson never loses sight of the bigger picture, driving her story at a thrilling, rocketing pace. The betrayals, secrets, and stakes are higher than ever before as we learn more about what The Unit is truly capable of, and are truly planning. It would be a crime not to mention the large cast of characters who each come vividly to life, from the hilarious, fun, flirtatious Nate and Suki, to the focused, driven Demos. All are fleshed out, more real and wonderful additions.