The Body Market
By her sister, who was willing to sacrifice Skylar for her own plans, and by Rain, who lied to her about everything.
Perhaps worst of all, Skylar and her friends failed to stop the Real World’s plans for the people who are plugged in. The Body Market is now open for business—and Inara, Skylar’s best friend, is for sale.
Shaken by the betrayal of everyone she trusted, Skylar learns there is a price on her head and that a bounty hunter is determined to deliver her to the Body Market.
But Skylar is through being a pawn in everyone else’s game. She may be the only one who can stop what her family started. And she must do it before everyone in the App World runs out of time.
THE BODY MARKET introduces a new love triangle for Skylar. She, of course, has Rain, the guy she was crushing on all of UNPLUGGED, but at the start of THE BODY MARKET, she meets Kit, a brooding bounty hunter. Many readers don’t like this trope in this particular genre, but Freitas does it flawlessly, so much so that I’m not even sure who I want Skylar to end up dating in the end! Though Skylar and Rain are estranged at the beginning of this book for understandable reasons, I still have a soft spot for Rain, especially now that I get direct access to his thoughts and feelings. However, because of the way Kit is introduced and the manner in which Freitas builds his character, he increasingly grows on me throughout the story. I love how subtly Freitas slips in minor details and moments that keep the possibility of either Kit or Rain alive up to and through the last page.
Overall, I am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed THE BODY MARKET. Freitas really upped the ante with this sequel and I cannot wait to read the final installment of the series, THE MIND VIRUS. It’s rare that a series gets better the longer it goes, but with this book, Freitas has proven that she’s an anomaly, who will continue to carve out her own space in the publishing world.
You can read my review of UNPLUGGED here: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yafiction/19831-unplugged