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Emma Whisperer’s journey continues in this sequel to the Extinction series. Emma, the last eighteen-year–old in Territory L, finally escapes Territory L and makes it into Territory M. She tries to find her niece, Abigail, and searches for the leader of Territory M to see if the walls can come down. She brings two friends with her on her journey to finish what she started b Emma Whisperer’s journey continues in this sequel to the Extinction series. Emma, the last eighteen-year–old in Territory L, finally escapes Territory L and makes it into Territory M. She tries to find her niece, Abigail, and searches for the leader of Territory M to see if the walls can come down. She brings two friends with her on her journey to finish what she started back in Territory L. Emma hides out, trying not to get caught. Who can she trust? Will they find Abigail? Is she still alive? Will they find the newbie camp? Will they find out who the leader of Territory M is? Will the leader help them bring the walls down? Emma thought escaping from Territory L would solve all of her problems. She soon finds out that escaping to Territory M is not all she envisioned it would be. President Esther, Rich, and the leader of Territory M have more in store for Emma than she bargains for. Take a ride with them as their adventure begins in an abandoned college where they meet up with some unruly characters. Will these people, known as the runaways, be friends or foes? Emma and her friends—old and new—find themselves searching for places to hide out from President Esther and her henchman Rich, all the while trying to find the leader of Territory M. Take a ride with Emma as she finds some much-needed answers.


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Emma Whisperer’s journey continues in this sequel to the Extinction series. Emma, the last eighteen-year–old in Territory L, finally escapes Territory L and makes it into Territory M. She tries to find her niece, Abigail, and searches for the leader of Territory M to see if the walls can come down. She brings two friends with her on her journey to finish what she started b Emma Whisperer’s journey continues in this sequel to the Extinction series. Emma, the last eighteen-year–old in Territory L, finally escapes Territory L and makes it into Territory M. She tries to find her niece, Abigail, and searches for the leader of Territory M to see if the walls can come down. She brings two friends with her on her journey to finish what she started back in Territory L. Emma hides out, trying not to get caught. Who can she trust? Will they find Abigail? Is she still alive? Will they find the newbie camp? Will they find out who the leader of Territory M is? Will the leader help them bring the walls down? Emma thought escaping from Territory L would solve all of her problems. She soon finds out that escaping to Territory M is not all she envisioned it would be. President Esther, Rich, and the leader of Territory M have more in store for Emma than she bargains for. Take a ride with them as their adventure begins in an abandoned college where they meet up with some unruly characters. Will these people, known as the runaways, be friends or foes? Emma and her friends—old and new—find themselves searching for places to hide out from President Esther and her henchman Rich, all the while trying to find the leader of Territory M. Take a ride with Emma as she finds some much-needed answers.

30 review for Journey to Territory M

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    My rating: 3.5 stars Emma has gotten herself trapped in an evil game of cat and mouse and she seems to be on the losing side. A dangerous family secret has her stealing into Territory M while attempting to convince the middle class to help bring the walls of division down. She is about to find that her problems have followed her and multiplied as she once again has come under the scrutiny of the president and her goons. L.J. Epps’ JOURNEY TO TERRITORY M had the HUGE potential to bring growth and m My rating: 3.5 stars Emma has gotten herself trapped in an evil game of cat and mouse and she seems to be on the losing side. A dangerous family secret has her stealing into Territory M while attempting to convince the middle class to help bring the walls of division down. She is about to find that her problems have followed her and multiplied as she once again has come under the scrutiny of the president and her goons. L.J. Epps’ JOURNEY TO TERRITORY M had the HUGE potential to bring growth and more depth to each character, particularly Emma. Yes, I was entertained, but there wasn’t the movement I expected and wanted. Will Emma find who she can trust? Has she put all of her eggs in one basket, unprepared for what lay ahead? Will she find the leader of Territory M, if she does, can she convince the leader to join her cause? Why should they? Almost like a filler between the opening and final acts, things move just a little slow. That said, it still brings new questions into play as we must wonder how Emma will get out of the mess she gets her allies into! I received a complimentary copy from L.J. Epps! Series: Extinction of All Children - Book 2 Publisher: L.J. Epps (November 8, 2018) Publication Date: November 8, 2018 Genre: YA Dystopian Print Length: 363 pages Available from: Amazon For Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow: http://tometender.blogspot.com

  2. 4 out of 5

    Juli

    Craigluy is a world divided according to class. Lower, middle and upper classes are separated and live totally different lives. In Territory L, Emma Whisperer is the last child to turn 18. The last baby to grow up. Lower class citizens have been deemed irresponsible and are no longer allowed to have children. Anyone who comes up pregnant is arrested, forced to bear the child and watch as the baby is taken away to be killed. It is a brutal world to live in. Those in Territory M and Territory U ha Craigluy is a world divided according to class. Lower, middle and upper classes are separated and live totally different lives. In Territory L, Emma Whisperer is the last child to turn 18. The last baby to grow up. Lower class citizens have been deemed irresponsible and are no longer allowed to have children. Anyone who comes up pregnant is arrested, forced to bear the child and watch as the baby is taken away to be killed. It is a brutal world to live in. Those in Territory M and Territory U have other options, but President Esther controls all aspects of society no matter which class. Emma Whisperer....the last child....wants to change everything. She wants everyone to live together again...for people to be free. The Extinction of all Children series is a trilogy. Book one introduces Emma and centers around Territory L. The storyline moves from L to the middle class area and on to the upperclass walled-in territory in the final book. I enjoyed how the characters developed throughout this series. Emma knows in the first book that she wants to see President Esther's policies destroyed...to remove the segregation from the people of Craigluy. Over the 3 books, Emma and the followers/supporters she gathers go from dreaming of freedom to actually fighting to try and make it happen. President Esther is a worthy, tricky adversary. She is wiley and wise. I found myself not able to totally hate her. Down at her very core, there is some good....at one point she actually had the best interests of the people at heart. But it got twisted inside her mind. Absolute power really does corrupt. All in all this series is a very enjoyable read. I found the premise a bit unrealistic, but the story for me was enjoyable enough to override my sense of realism. The charcters are nicely developed over the 3 parts of the story. There is a lot of action, and the story moves along at a nice pace. There is plenty of suspense and some nice twists in the tale. Enjoyable read! Nothing inappropriate for older teenagers, but be aware that there is discussion of abuse, death, imprisonment, murder, infanticide, torture, violence and other topics that may require a trigger warning for some students/adults reading this series. **I voluntarily read review copies of the three books in this series by L. J. Epps via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.**

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tonya

    Book # 2 in the Extinction of all Children series, Journey to Territory M felt like a whole lot of hurrying to go nowhere. It seems some of the reader's questions will be answered with this book, but of course we need the last book in the series to get to a resolution. Emma's journey from Territory L to Territory M is dangerous, but they manage to make it. The teenagers meet up with a group of runaways in an abandoned school. Things get more intense for Emma and she is starting to learn that she Book # 2 in the Extinction of all Children series, Journey to Territory M felt like a whole lot of hurrying to go nowhere. It seems some of the reader's questions will be answered with this book, but of course we need the last book in the series to get to a resolution. Emma's journey from Territory L to Territory M is dangerous, but they manage to make it. The teenagers meet up with a group of runaways in an abandoned school. Things get more intense for Emma and she is starting to learn that she can't trust everyone. The writing in this book is a slight improvement to the first book. Editing needs to carefully examine sentence structure and descriptive adjectives to make sure they fit with what is happening (stomping feet when they are trying to remain undetected is one good example.) I like the story line, it has promise.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dee/ bookworm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Journey to Territory M by L.J. Epps is the second in the Extinction of all Children series. It picks right up where Extinction of all Children ended. I really like the first novel. It was fun and edgy, the author picked a topic similar to Hunger Games but did it in a different way. However, this novel was not as good and I had a hard time finishing it. The main character, Emma, should be a character you are rooting for, but in this book she becomes whiny and stupid. She doesn't listen to her fri Journey to Territory M by L.J. Epps is the second in the Extinction of all Children series. It picks right up where Extinction of all Children ended. I really like the first novel. It was fun and edgy, the author picked a topic similar to Hunger Games but did it in a different way. However, this novel was not as good and I had a hard time finishing it. The main character, Emma, should be a character you are rooting for, but in this book she becomes whiny and stupid. She doesn't listen to her friends, the people sacrificing everything to help her on her quest. She makes bad, unnecessary decisions that get her and her friends into trouble. There are scenes in the book that are very hard to believe. If a wanted criminal was located, authorities would not sit in their car and wait for said people to come out and surrender. Also, if they were sitting in their car waiting shining a flashlight around the room or three would have been like a beacon staying "we are here!" A lot of it was hard to get through because it seemed either unlikely or like Emma was a different person, I couldn't help but feel she put herself in bad situations on purpose. It wasn't until 65% through the book that it was as if the Emma from book one emerged. So the last 35% of the book took me one night to finish, but that first 65% took over a month. The last part of the book with the old Emma was action packed, a girl you understood and could get behind, a smart girl. So I will read the next in the series, but I am hoping it is better than this one. I received an advance reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ian Miller

    This is the second book in what is at least a trilogy. From experience at writing them, as well as reading them, second books have real problems. You have to assume the reader has not read book 1, so you have to get the necessary information across without an information dump, i.e. bleed it in, and you also have to have an ending that makes sense as an ending in its own right, but obviously points the way to book 3. Epps does this very well. The start is first class. I found it very interesting This is the second book in what is at least a trilogy. From experience at writing them, as well as reading them, second books have real problems. You have to assume the reader has not read book 1, so you have to get the necessary information across without an information dump, i.e. bleed it in, and you also have to have an ending that makes sense as an ending in its own right, but obviously points the way to book 3. Epps does this very well. The start is first class. I found it very interesting how easily it got started without the dump. Well done. There was an ending that completed something, and set the tone for book 3, although, and mustn't spoil, the last action was a little bit "copycat". Nevertheless, that was also well done from a structural point of view. However, I was a bit disappointed with the middle. Emma and some others have escaped from territory L and eventually need to get to territory U. In the meantime they hide, talk about the need to plan, but never do, and end up doing things that maximise their chances of getting caught. For me, a story should accomplish something, or the characters should discover something. We should know more about the world they live in than in the beginning, and in this respect the book fails. It is a basic chase story, with the odd twist. The world building is good, but it is the same world as book 1, apart from being a different territory. I found the characters to be reasonably well-drawn, but frustrating, and not really fit for purpose. There is no point in saying, "We need to plan," and then don't, but say it again a few pages later. Emma is highly impulsive, and should never succeed. There is also a mystery about Emma and her family, but we are no closer to knowing what it was. In short, the writing is good, the characters are reasonably well defined but annoying, there are a lot of action scenes of the chase sort that are well written, but the story itself has made only mdest progress, largely by introducing a new major character, namely the President's husband. Basically it is a good story, but it needed something characteristic of Territory M to make it satisfactory as a stand-alone. I considered it 3.5 stars, but averaged up.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Bourque

    3 stars Note: This review contains spoilers as it makes reference to the first book "Extinction of All Children. "Journey to Territory M" picks up immediately following it's predecessor "Extinction of All Children", which I absolutely loved. This second book did manage to capture my attention; however, I did not quite enjoy it as much as I enjoyed "Extinction of All Children". With that being said, I did find this book enjoyable, just not as captivating. I found the storyline slow and kind of draw 3 stars Note: This review contains spoilers as it makes reference to the first book "Extinction of All Children. "Journey to Territory M" picks up immediately following it's predecessor "Extinction of All Children", which I absolutely loved. This second book did manage to capture my attention; however, I did not quite enjoy it as much as I enjoyed "Extinction of All Children". With that being said, I did find this book enjoyable, just not as captivating. I found the storyline slow and kind of drawn out as it took a while for the action to really start. At the conclusion of "Extinction of All Children" we were led to believe that the children from Territory L were not actually being murdered; but instead adopted by the wealthy population of Territory U. In "Journey to Territory M" we learn that some of the children were indeed being murdered, while others were being adopted. The only question is - where is Emma's neice Abigail?  Emma, Eric, and Julian have now successfully escaped to Territory M and her goal is to find Abigail. For the majority of the story, they hide from the patrolmen and President Esther all while trying to stay out of trouble. The first part of the story focuses on the three of them hiding out and making a plan on how to pursue their goals while Emma is trying to figure out if she can really trust Julian; so, the storyline is slow to start but it does pick up eventually. We are also introduced to four new characters named Logan, Alexa, Whitney and Henry. Emma has trouble trusting some of these characters, while others she completely trusts; but should she be so willing to trust as some are out to betray her and her mission. The new characters add an an interesting dynamic to the overall plotline and they do truly play an important part in moving forward with the story. They offer new ideas, assistance, and betrayals. Once the story starts Emma starts to see the inner workings of Territory M and how residents of Territory L are able to move up. She once again must decide whether or not she will side with President Esther or move forward with her agenda; and knowing Emma, we can figure out which way she will decide to go. As a result her wishes come true but at what cost. The conclusion of "Journey to Territory M" sets up nicely for the next installment of "Journey to Territory U". I do hope the third book will be a little bit more exciting with more action.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Stone

    Book: Journey to Territory M Author: LJ Epps Rating: 2 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book. So, I really did want to like this one, but I just found it very hard to get into it. The first book in the series, I did actually like a lot, but this one was just missing something for me and I really can’t figure out what it was. I mean, it just didn’t get my attention. First off, I really didn’t find any character growth, which is something that I look for in a Book: Journey to Territory M Author: LJ Epps Rating: 2 Out of 5 Stars I would like to thank Netgalley for providing me with this book. So, I really did want to like this one, but I just found it very hard to get into it. The first book in the series, I did actually like a lot, but this one was just missing something for me and I really can’t figure out what it was. I mean, it just didn’t get my attention. First off, I really didn’t find any character growth, which is something that I look for in a series. Characters are supposed to have some change in them, especially when they are put into dangerous situation and have to overcome that. Here, it just didn’t happen. Not only were the characters not growing, they were doing things that really didn’t add anything to the plot. In fact, it was like they were doing things just to kind of go against what they were supposed to be doing. The writing was a little strange here to. Some of the adjectives used, just didn’t really fit what was going on. It was almost as if the author was trying to hard to describe what was happening. Not only that, but the way things were worded was just strange too. It was like we were first told what was going to be shown, then shown it. Does that make any sense? It was almost as if it was worded a little bit too much. The plot was okay. I mean, this is the middle of the series, so we can honestly expect to have that middle of the series feel. It moved really quickly in some places, while managing to drag out longer than needed in others. It’s something that I think the author will be able to improve on-if she listens to her readers. I really do feel like she’s not, because she is doing the same thing here that she was doing in the first book. Again, I do think that this series does actually have a lot of promise, but so much was lost in this book. I really do hope that some clean up will happen, because this has a lot of potential.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Misty's Book Space

    Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy if this book in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 stars Last month I read Extinction of All Children which is the first book in this trilogy. I picked up book 2 this month and ended up enjoying it slightly more. This  book picks up right where book one ends. Emma and Eric are now in Territory M which is where all the middle class people are. There are still similarities to The Hunger Games but it's different. I don't feel like I am reading the same Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy if this book in exchange for my honest review. 4.5 stars Last month I read Extinction of All Children which is the first book in this trilogy. I picked up book 2 this month and ended up enjoying it slightly more. This  book picks up right where book one ends. Emma and Eric are now in Territory M which is where all the middle class people are. There are still similarities to The Hunger Games but it's different. I don't feel like I am reading the same story. The one thing that bugged me a lot was the fact that Emma kept comparing the two territories. Like I get it they had way more than Territory L does. I don't need you to explain to me how the water faucets are different in each territory. It would have been fine if she only did this a couple times but nope she did it all throughout the book which got really annoying really fast. Actually there was one other thing, the fact that Emma and her brother and sister refer to their parents as Mother and Father. This happened more so in the first book but it did happen in this book as well. I just find it a little weird. This book was a lot more gruesome. There are several deaths including kids plus some gory scenes. The first half of the book was a little slow and mostly consisted of them hiding out and Emma comparing everything to her territory. Once I got to the halfway point things started picking up and I can't wait to read the next book in April.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonah ❤️LIBROCUBICULARIST❤️

    No thanks! I rated this as 1.5 stars. I honestly did not read the first book but regardless I feel like I did not miss anything at all. I read the entire first half of the page (every word count) and got bored after that and flipping only on dialogues until the last chapter. I had waited for Emma's character growth as I find her really weak and honestly Annoying. But that didn't happen either. For one, when Eric was in the holding cell, her first reaction was he was shirtless with his chiseled bod No thanks! I rated this as 1.5 stars. I honestly did not read the first book but regardless I feel like I did not miss anything at all. I read the entire first half of the page (every word count) and got bored after that and flipping only on dialogues until the last chapter. I had waited for Emma's character growth as I find her really weak and honestly Annoying. But that didn't happen either. For one, when Eric was in the holding cell, her first reaction was he was shirtless with his chiseled body and found him attractive more than ever. I seriously questioned Emma's maturity here. The book is a slow build for me. I get it why others like it. It's not just for me. Thank you to NetGalley and publisher for a copy of this book for an exchange of an honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amy Gennaro

    Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for my candid review. This series had possibilities. But aspects of the writing style bothered me. The author repeatedly explained modern conveniences such as the automatic lights. Multiple, multiple times. The writing style was somewhat immature and unpolished. The story line was an interesting concept about a segregated part of the country that was further subdivided by a ruthless dictactor for life who bro Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me an ARC in exchange for my candid review. This series had possibilities. But aspects of the writing style bothered me. The author repeatedly explained modern conveniences such as the automatic lights. Multiple, multiple times. The writing style was somewhat immature and unpolished. The story line was an interesting concept about a segregated part of the country that was further subdivided by a ruthless dictactor for life who broke the country into Territory L (Lower Class), Territory M (Middle Class), and Territory U (Upper Class). The heroine is the last child permitted to be born in Territory L because the president will not allow anyone to have children in the territory. These books are her adventures into making changes to the repressive regime. I read all three books but would only mildly recommend them to others. Emma ends up in jail.....a bunch of times, but the president keeps letting her out. The story is repetitive an fairly unimaginative.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shelley

    *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Journey to Territory M is the second installment in author LJ Epps Extinction of All Children trilogy. In a place called Craigluy, which apparently exists between Arizona and California, a President has determined that the "country" will be divided into three territories for the lower class, middle-class, and the upper class. In 2080, she determined that no more babies were allowed to be born in the lower-class territory. Any *Source* NetGalley *Genre* Young Adult / Dystopian *Rating* 3.5 *Thoughts* Journey to Territory M is the second installment in author LJ Epps Extinction of All Children trilogy. In a place called Craigluy, which apparently exists between Arizona and California, a President has determined that the "country" will be divided into three territories for the lower class, middle-class, and the upper class. In 2080, she determined that no more babies were allowed to be born in the lower-class territory. Any baby born would be killed and parents punished with no chance at appealing her decision. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews* https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jolie

    I was excited to read Journey to Territory M. I had enjoyed reading the Extinction of All Children. I was curious to see how Emma’s journey through Territory M would be. I was interested in knowing if she would free Abigail. I was curious to see if she would meet the mystery ruler of Territory M. Yeah, well, that excitement was misplaced. I hate to say it, but I was thrilled when this book was over. Again, there is a trigger warning. It is the same as in the Extinction of All Children. The differ I was excited to read Journey to Territory M. I had enjoyed reading the Extinction of All Children. I was curious to see how Emma’s journey through Territory M would be. I was interested in knowing if she would free Abigail. I was curious to see if she would meet the mystery ruler of Territory M. Yeah, well, that excitement was misplaced. I hate to say it, but I was thrilled when this book was over. Again, there is a trigger warning. It is the same as in the Extinction of All Children. The difference is that the author went into detail about how the babies and children were killed. The guards’ discussion made me sick. I have a daughter the age of the little girl featured in that scene. I ended up putting the Kindle down, walking over and hugging her tight. I also cried. So my trigger warning is the same. Don’t read this book if you are triggered by infanticide and graphic discussion of killing babies/children. There was one major plotline in Journey to Territory M. That plotline is Emma and her friends’ mission to get to the mansion and talk to the mystery ruler of the Territory. I found the plotline boring once the first couple of chapters were over. I had figured out who the mysterious leader of Territory M was way before that person was revealed. I also figured out that the newbie camp was as evil as it sounded. Even Rich’s abuse of Emma got boring. By the end of the book, I wasn’t surprised it went the way it did. I wasn’t surprised by Emma’s choice. I was not surprised by anything that was revealed. I do want to point out that Territory M is for the middle-class. These people had the same rules as the lower-class, except they were were laxer. They could have children. But, they had to show that they were worthy of keeping them by working hard. If they didn’t live up to what Territory M’s ruler thought was hard, they got their children taken away. So, it wasn’t much better than Territory L. Emma had zero character growth in Journey to Territory M. Her character acted like a child. There were points in the book where I wanted to shake her and say “Act like the revolutionary that you want to be.” She annoyed me too. Those eyerolls were more suitable for a 12-year-old than an 18-year-old. Plus, she couldn’t keep her mouth shut to save her life. I wanted to duct tape her mouth shut at one point. I do admire that she never forgot that she was searching for her niece. I also liked that she wanted those walls down and that she wasn’t afraid to tell President Esther where to stick it. The secondary characters surpassed Emma in character growth, which is impressive because it is usually the main character who changes with the book. Not in this case. Emma was stuck in her rut while her companions grew. While I did like it, I thought that it showcased how immature Emma was. I did figure out who the mysterious leader of Territory M was. I figured it out early in the book, and I wasn’t surprised when it was revealed. I didn’t like or trust this person. The whole newbie camp only underscored my dislike of that person. Actions speak louder than words, and this person’s actions spoke volumes. Journey to Territory M did fit in with the dystopia genre. The author did a great job of portraying what the middle-class of this country was put through. They had it more comfortable than the lower-class but more stringent than the upper-class. I couldn’t imagine living like that!! Journey to Territory M was also an excellent fit for the young adult genre. I was a little put off that there was even a hint of a love triangle. I didn’t feel that it had a place in the book. I had a “meh” reaction whenever Emma and Samuel/Eric had romantic interactions. I will say that I was happy that the author didn’t give and made her have sex with either of them. The end of Journey to Territory M made me go “WTH am I reading?” I couldn’t believe that the President was allowing Rich to call all the shots. With Rich’s blatant hatred of Emma, it shouldn’t have been around. Also, what happened at the very end of the book. I couldn’t believe the author did what she did to some of the characters. Again, another “WTH am I reading reaction.” I want to know how everything will be resolved. I also want to understand why the President is so soft on Emma. I have a feeling I know. As much as Journey to Territory M left a bad taste in my mouth, I am going to read Journey to Territory U and finish the series. I am going to give Journey to Territory M an Older Teen rating. There is no sex (there are a couple of kissing scenes). There is violence (including a graphic scene where guards talk about killing babies and a 6 year old). There is language. I would recommend that no one under the age of 16 read this book. I am on the fence if I would reread Journey to Territory M. I am also on the fence if I would recommend this book to family and friends. I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read and review Journey to Territory M. **I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Buttercupp77

    This is the second installment in a trilogy. I did not enjoy it as much as first installment - this is common for me, so it likely says more about me than being a reflection on the author. I would also mention from the outset that there has been some time between my reading of the first novel and this one, so some backstory may be a bit fuzzy to me. The world building is good. I think there was room for more, but the work that was done was solid. Personally, I found this to be a really intriguing This is the second installment in a trilogy. I did not enjoy it as much as first installment - this is common for me, so it likely says more about me than being a reflection on the author. I would also mention from the outset that there has been some time between my reading of the first novel and this one, so some backstory may be a bit fuzzy to me. The world building is good. I think there was room for more, but the work that was done was solid. Personally, I found this to be a really intriguing idea for a societal structure. I think there are lots of possibilities as to how this could have come to be and how it's going to fare over time. I do think that the choice to use a first-person narrator hindered the world-building since the reader can only understand and frame the setting through Emma's eyes - we recognise her wonder at seeing a more affluent world than she's used to, but we don't really come to understand how the residents of Territory M feel. I think that effectively hid any embedded tension that may have existed from the readers. The character building is also hindered by the choice to write this from the first-person perspective. We, the readers, can only experience other characters through Emma's eyes, so our perceptions are largely limited to hers. The big problem for me is that any character that any character Emma sees as villainous (this goes the other way as well) isn't often nuanced enough to feel three dimensional. I think this novel would have been dramatically elevated had we been able to glean a more holistic view of some of the characters. I also feel that Emma, as a character, is very inconsistent - her thoughts and words don't always match her chronological age. Characters would expound on their motivations in ways that came across to me as unrealistic. To begin with, not everyone has the insight to understand why they do what they do - let alone be able to verbalise it. In addition, some of the characters were so tangentially connected to Emma that it didn't make sense for them to explain everything to her - they would have had much higher priorities. It also didn't make sense to me that Emma's gang (for lack of a better word) would possess insights in the ways that they do. These elements stretched my credulity to breaking. When it comes to the actual writing, there were a lot of mistakes. Some were minor but annoying (confusing plural possessive and singular possessive form). Some were more significant (crocodile tears means the tears are not real - I can't see how that was the intention). Sentences tended to be short and simple - I think adding more variety in length and sentence complexity would have really improved the way this novel read. I can recall from the first novel that I felt the racial theme's handling could have been improved. (I remember feeling that it was a tangent that really didn't go anywhere). This theme rears its head in this installment, and, well, I didn't think it was handled any better. It still feels like this theme has been tagged on, rather than integrated into the story. I didn't notice any evidence that made me suspect Emma's race was a factor in any of her interactions, so her questioning comes out of the blue to me, moreover, there doesn't seem to be any follow-through on the development of the theme. I found that a lot of the action in this novel wasn't really necessary to drive the main plot forward, didn't improve my understanding of the setting, nor did it develop my understanding of the characters. I would say I became engaged with the story in about the last third of the novel - once Emma is spending time in the mansion in Territory M. I think the story would have been better served to develop this much more intensively, and indicate the happenings up to that point in a much more cursory way. I will definitely read the final installment (in fact, I've already started it). I'm not sure that, had I not already obtained a copy, that I would have remained interested enough to continue reading.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not. This second book of the series starts where the first books ends. Emma heads to Territory M where she hopes to find her sister’s child, Abigail, and also to find the leader of Territory M, She intends to try and get help from the leader in creating a better life for all people, not just Territory M or Territory U. She wants to tear down the walls that separate the different territories and let people make I received a free copy of this book from the author. I had the opportunity to review or not. This second book of the series starts where the first books ends. Emma heads to Territory M where she hopes to find her sister’s child, Abigail, and also to find the leader of Territory M, She intends to try and get help from the leader in creating a better life for all people, not just Territory M or Territory U. She wants to tear down the walls that separate the different territories and let people make their own decisions regarding their own lives, regardless of their financial situation. But her ideas have gotten her into a lot of trouble and fulfilling her quest is not only difficult, it is extremely dangerous. As Emma and her group attempt to find the leader, they are forced to hide out for a few days before continuing their journey. But Emma has difficulty remaining still. She is filled with worry and concern for her niece and feels compelled to move on. However, matters are taken out of her hands when patrolmen find their hideout. They are forced to move. The danger for the group intensifies. I did enjoy this book, but honestly, it was not as good as the first. However, that doesn’t mean it was bad. The first book moved faster and was better explained. Therefore, I expected the same, or better from this one. The writing was still well executed, and the world development was still creative. But the progress of the group was slow, the action was less intense and as the group was bogged down, so was I. I, too, was getting restless for the journey to get going. So just be prepared and enjoy. There is lots more to go.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Adamson Stars in Her Eye

    Journey to Territory M sounds like it's stalling; pushing a Trilogy where there isn't one. Emma and Eric have made it to Territory Me, the areas that houses the middle class. Life is both much different here and very much the same. While most people are happy because they have everything they need, there are runaways that dispute the class world that has been set. Emma falls in with these runaways to help her find where they bury the babies and to hopefully, find her niece. Overall, the good stuff Journey to Territory M sounds like it's stalling; pushing a Trilogy where there isn't one. Emma and Eric have made it to Territory Me, the areas that houses the middle class. Life is both much different here and very much the same. While most people are happy because they have everything they need, there are runaways that dispute the class world that has been set. Emma falls in with these runaways to help her find where they bury the babies and to hopefully, find her niece. Overall, the good stuff, could have been dived between the other books I feel. There were some ew characters introduced but only one of two seem like they will make an impact later. I'd love to be surprised and see those others that are still alive make a difference. I was mostly bored with the last half. While the min characters doesn't get her questions answered as a plot point, I was just repetition of nothing and more nothing for the reader. I don't mean to be harsh. Many bridge novels like this have a hard time. Serving as a transition from beginning to end can be tricky. L.J. Epps get really tripped up. That being said, it doesn't stop me from the show down. The ending leaves you with a mundane option but as reader you know it will never work. Epps has, at least, set up for a conclusion that won't be what it seems. I received an ARC for review; all opinions are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Purvis

    (See all of my Book Reviews) - “Journey “to Territory M” eBook was published in XXXXXXX and was written by L. J. Epps (https://www.ljeppsauthor.com/index.html). This is Ms. Epps fourth novel and the second in her “Extinction of All Children” series. I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G. The story picks up almost immediately after the first novel ends. The primary character Emma Whisperer continues (See all of my Book Reviews) - “Journey “to Territory M” eBook was published in XXXXXXX and was written by L. J. Epps (https://www.ljeppsauthor.com/index.html). This is Ms. Epps fourth novel and the second in her “Extinction of All Children” series. I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G. The story picks up almost immediately after the first novel ends. The primary character Emma Whisperer continues to work her way towards what she thinks is more freedom while avoiding the security forces. I Generally like Young Adult novels, but this one just left me shaking my head. I invested two hours into it, but I finally called a “Rule of 50” and quit. I read the first novel of the series “Extinction of All Children” a few weeks ago and had hopped that the books would get better. Sadly, the trend seemed to be in the other direction. I had the third novel in my queue to read, but I have deleted it now. For what I read of this 368-page young adult novel I give a rating 2 out of 5. I am not a fan of the chosen cover art. Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Via

    Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I felt this book, compared to the first, had a little bit more going on. I'm enjoying how the story is progressing and find myself still engaged in Emma's story. In this book, she escapes into territory M with Eric and Julian. Her niece Abigail is taken away by President Esther and Emma is hoping to find her. She meets some others along the way and her Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this advanced reader’s copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I felt this book, compared to the first, had a little bit more going on. I'm enjoying how the story is progressing and find myself still engaged in Emma's story. In this book, she escapes into territory M with Eric and Julian. Her niece Abigail is taken away by President Esther and Emma is hoping to find her. She meets some others along the way and her goals are to find Abigail and talk to the leader of M. Emma was more annoying in this book. She's becoming careless and selfish. She's taking more risks in this territory and is continually putting herself and her friends in danger. I'm not sure if she is supposed to appear brave or fearless, but I just see her as reckless. I'm curious to see how the final book wraps things up and see what Emma accomplishes. I'm not too concerned with Emma's well-being and don't really care where she ends up. I still find this alternative future fascinating and the story entertaining. I'll be completing the last book for #OWLsReadathon and plan to post my review towards the end of April. If you enjoyed the first book, I feel it's worth continuing the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Betty

    Book two finds Emma in Territory M, along with fellow guards and escapees Eric and Julian. She is still searching for her niece, who may have been illegally adopted rather than killed. She also hopes to talk to the unknown leader of Territory M, in hopes that they will help her in her quest to tear down the walls. The underlying purpose of book two is simple: hide, and don’t get caught. So why are Emma, Eric, and Julian constantly doing things that would defeat that purpose? It was more than a li Book two finds Emma in Territory M, along with fellow guards and escapees Eric and Julian. She is still searching for her niece, who may have been illegally adopted rather than killed. She also hopes to talk to the unknown leader of Territory M, in hopes that they will help her in her quest to tear down the walls. The underlying purpose of book two is simple: hide, and don’t get caught. So why are Emma, Eric, and Julian constantly doing things that would defeat that purpose? It was more than a little annoying, to say the least. Things were often described in odd ways—wind ‘splashing’ or carpet ‘bending’—and feet are always stomping or thumping (as emphasized in the book). I think those annoyances led me to being nit-picky about how Emma is obsessed about her hair (given how often she thinks about it), and repeatedly thinks of her niece as Baby Abigail 99% of the time, because it really irritated me after a while. New characters were introduced, but little progress was made in moving the main plot forward. Instead, the group moves on to Territory U, and the final book of the series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Its more like 3.5 stars but I still enjoyed it enough to push to 4. The story is still following Emma and her rag tag group trying to force equality throughout the territories. This installment was more real. Emma is still infuriatingly stubborn but she seems to be starting to think about things before acting. There is more mystery, more death, more action in this book. If you liked book one you will like book two plus some. It's entertaining, it's exciting, it makes you want to keep reading. Th Its more like 3.5 stars but I still enjoyed it enough to push to 4. The story is still following Emma and her rag tag group trying to force equality throughout the territories. This installment was more real. Emma is still infuriatingly stubborn but she seems to be starting to think about things before acting. There is more mystery, more death, more action in this book. If you liked book one you will like book two plus some. It's entertaining, it's exciting, it makes you want to keep reading. The relationships between the characters are developing well. I still don't like the "love triangle" LJ is implying but I get it. It creates drama and jealousy. I liked it enough to keep trucking on to book three. I need to know what is going on. Why is craigluy separated from the rest of the nation? Why is it three territories? What happened??? Why is the president such a jerk?!?! Who thinks "yes lets kill babies"?!?! Thats my take. I think if you've made it this far you HAVE to read book three. Plus it is entertaining. I got this book for free from Netgalley to read and give my honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charlie

    Just as thrilling, as the first book of this series. I was constantly sat on the edge of my seat wondering what the next page was going to bring. L.J.Epps is such a wonderful author. They truly know how to write a book that really will make you not want to put it down. I totally 1000% recommend this book. It starts of similar in structure to "The Hunger Games" as in an area being devided into different territories, but instead of a number of people fighting it out to win an aweful series of even Just as thrilling, as the first book of this series. I was constantly sat on the edge of my seat wondering what the next page was going to bring. L.J.Epps is such a wonderful author. They truly know how to write a book that really will make you not want to put it down. I totally 1000% recommend this book. It starts of similar in structure to "The Hunger Games" as in an area being devided into different territories, but instead of a number of people fighting it out to win an aweful series of events, the people in this book, who are living in territory L are fighting for their freedom, the chance to have a better education, the chance to earn more money and most of all, the chance to not have their babies taken away. I have already started the third book of this series, and just like the previous too, I just cant and dont want to have to put it down, but, someone's got to do the adulting!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Necee

    Great dystopian style of read. If you liked Hunger Games and Divergent, this is a series you may enjoy. Overall, great for teens. I enjoyed this book more than the first and look forward to book three. As Emma escapes into territory M, she attempts to change the middle classes view of tearing down class walls, but has to stay alive in the process. She makes new friends but also learns she can’t trust everyone she thinks that she can. New waves of danger happens as she tries to get to the leader Great dystopian style of read. If you liked Hunger Games and Divergent, this is a series you may enjoy. Overall, great for teens. I enjoyed this book more than the first and look forward to book three. As Emma escapes into territory M, she attempts to change the middle classes view of tearing down class walls, but has to stay alive in the process. She makes new friends but also learns she can’t trust everyone she thinks that she can. New waves of danger happens as she tries to get to the leader of M. I liked the mystery and suspense of the book though the pace could’ve been faster at points. Overall I enjoyed book two over book one and feel the writing is getting better and better. I am excited to see what happens in Journey to territory M. I was provided a free copy of this book by net galley. All reviews and opinions are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Anne Monteith

    This pick up where the first book ends, after Emma and Eric escape with Julian’s help to Territory M. Emma and company will have to learn that you can’t always trust everyone that you think you can and that those that you feel you shouldn’t trust can be your best ally. I can see this happening if people allow themselves to stop caring about those we elect to serve us do and it's a scary thought... While there are some flaws with the writing, this is something that I feel will be resolved as the a This pick up where the first book ends, after Emma and Eric escape with Julian’s help to Territory M. Emma and company will have to learn that you can’t always trust everyone that you think you can and that those that you feel you shouldn’t trust can be your best ally. I can see this happening if people allow themselves to stop caring about those we elect to serve us do and it's a scary thought... While there are some flaws with the writing, this is something that I feel will be resolved as the author gains more experience. 3.5/5 STARS: **This is an honest, unbiased review. I would like to thank the author and/or/publisher for providing an ARC through Netgalley, all opinions are mine. **

  23. 5 out of 5

    Guy Wheatley

    The second book in the series is darker than the first, portraying the Government in a much harsher light. There are more deaths, with almost no characters sacred. In some ways, the tale parallels the adventure from the first book, though more intense. We still don’t know what the connection between Emma and the president is. This mysterious connection is the only thing that makes Emma’s survival believable. President Esther gives Emma too many chances and seems too naive. She gives Emma too much The second book in the series is darker than the first, portraying the Government in a much harsher light. There are more deaths, with almost no characters sacred. In some ways, the tale parallels the adventure from the first book, though more intense. We still don’t know what the connection between Emma and the president is. This mysterious connection is the only thing that makes Emma’s survival believable. President Esther gives Emma too many chances and seems too naive. She gives Emma too much lee-way. This book was less satisfying than the first, but still interesting enough to make me want to follow Emma into Territory U. If you’re a fan of Young Adult fiction, then this series is worth a read. I’m hoping for a satisfying ending in the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy Verkruissen

    I seriously struggled with the writing in this book. Too many times the wording made so little sense it kept me from following what was going on in the story. For example in chapter 6: why are you shooting a rat in the ac duct work if you are trying to sneak away? Why would you yell to "hurry up" if your trying to escape quietly out of the building? Chapter 7: "We end up at a set of steps. There are three large steps that we walk up. " It just comes off as someone trying to reach a word count or I seriously struggled with the writing in this book. Too many times the wording made so little sense it kept me from following what was going on in the story. For example in chapter 6: why are you shooting a rat in the ac duct work if you are trying to sneak away? Why would you yell to "hurry up" if your trying to escape quietly out of the building? Chapter 7: "We end up at a set of steps. There are three large steps that we walk up. " It just comes off as someone trying to reach a word count or something. I really like the plot of the story, the idea behind the divisions in classes and Whisper trying to break down the walls but there are so many distracting things about this story I just found myself very frustrated most of the time. I would not recommend this book.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ramona Wilson

    I am giving a fair, honest, voluntary review of this book. I am an arc reader. I was anxious to read this book. The first book in the series left me with many questions. I wanted answers. I have to say a few things were disturbing to me, but in a society structured like this one is it seemed a possibility that it could happen. One thing I found distracting was the constant use of the word pass in place of past. For instance. I pushed pass him to get in front. It may seem a trivial thing, but it I am giving a fair, honest, voluntary review of this book. I am an arc reader. I was anxious to read this book. The first book in the series left me with many questions. I wanted answers. I have to say a few things were disturbing to me, but in a society structured like this one is it seemed a possibility that it could happen. One thing I found distracting was the constant use of the word pass in place of past. For instance. I pushed pass him to get in front. It may seem a trivial thing, but it is just one of those things that stands out for me. I found the story line interesting and fast paced. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series Journey to Territory U.

  26. 5 out of 5

    nukie19

    3.5 stars. We start to get some more answers but also a lot more questions about the world Emma is living in. The concept is sound but the details are shakey - I'm still not impressed with the forced love triangle situation and in this book, I feel like there was a lot of discussion about clothing, which was odd. Hoping this series ends on a higher note that makes it worth reading three books to get to the ending. Thanks to the publisher for providing this through Net Galley in exchange for an ho 3.5 stars. We start to get some more answers but also a lot more questions about the world Emma is living in. The concept is sound but the details are shakey - I'm still not impressed with the forced love triangle situation and in this book, I feel like there was a lot of discussion about clothing, which was odd. Hoping this series ends on a higher note that makes it worth reading three books to get to the ending. Thanks to the publisher for providing this through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Dare

    After reading the first book in this series, I needed to finish the story of Emma whisperer and her friends as they try to bring down the walls segregating the poor from the rich in this future society. This book carried on the story well as we meet a few new characters and further delve into the horrible society Emma is forced to deal with. After escaping territory L in search of answers, Emma gets more than she bargained for and has to fight her way to freedom and territory U. I loved it and c After reading the first book in this series, I needed to finish the story of Emma whisperer and her friends as they try to bring down the walls segregating the poor from the rich in this future society. This book carried on the story well as we meet a few new characters and further delve into the horrible society Emma is forced to deal with. After escaping territory L in search of answers, Emma gets more than she bargained for and has to fight her way to freedom and territory U. I loved it and can’t wait for the conclusion in the next book.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Richard van Balen

    A great sequel to the first book. After the main character battles through her poverty stricken territory and defies the president she escapes and find herself in one the richer regions of the country. How does one change the future of a nation whilst being on the run? Just like the first book this sequel is a breeze to read. The writing is solid and the story telling is good. Mainly the way the author describes the amazement of the characters with all the fancy things this territory holds is fun A great sequel to the first book. After the main character battles through her poverty stricken territory and defies the president she escapes and find herself in one the richer regions of the country. How does one change the future of a nation whilst being on the run? Just like the first book this sequel is a breeze to read. The writing is solid and the story telling is good. Mainly the way the author describes the amazement of the characters with all the fancy things this territory holds is fun to read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    This up and down is killing me. Emma keeps making the most ridiculous choices with the worse outcomes. Man, this author is killing me on this journey with Emma! But I am loving every word I read. The author takes these characters and builds them with their feelings and you get drawn in to their lives and become one of them. This Journey they are taking is a huge step to better the lives of all! Enjoying this series!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy for my honest review. The second book in the series is darker than the first and really shows the death to the children. New characters were introduced, but little progress was made in moving the main plot forward. Instead, the group moves on to Territory U, and the final book of the series. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the series Journey to Territory U.

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