Title: Chasing Nonconformity
Author: Michelle Proulx
Date Read: 03/11/2015 – 08/11/2015
This is the sequel to Imminent Danger (and How to Fly Straight Into It), which I reviewed back in February. It picks up pretty much exactly where book 1 finished up and was exactly the sort of sequel I had been hoping for.
First up, we are treated to some delightful new characters, in the form of Prince Trystan, Varrin’s younger brother, and his bodyguard, Sebara. Trystan needs a lot of hugs, and someone to appreciate his poetry. Sebara does not appreciate poetry exactly, but she does earn the Prince’s trust and they develop a really adorable bond. We also meet the Emperor, Varrin and Trystan’s father, and my, isn’t he a piece of work? Trystan and Sebara are given the task of tracking Varrin down and forcing him to come back to claim his birthright.
Meanwhile, Varrin, Eris and Miguri are still searching for Varrin’s ship, the Nonconformity. Eris has basically thought that Varrin is just being a typical guy in love with his vehicle, but it turns out there’s a much bigger reason he needs to get his ship back. Along with the help of an old flame, Kalla, they form a plan to sneak into a Tetrarchy facility and steal it back. Their paths with Sebara and Trystan’s in an exciting climax.
Much of what I had to say about the first book can be echoed here. There’s still plenty of snappy dialogue, fun characters, and the world-building expands even more. Varrin still needs a punch; it got to the point where I couldn’t really reconcile his supposed feelings for Eris with the fact that he kept so. many. secrets from her. Eris kept excusing this, which did get a bit annoying after a while, as did her jealousy at the thought of anyone else with Varrin.
The final 25% was great. There was both action and character development, with all the characters involved. I’m not sure whether this series is meant as a duology or a longer series. The story actually felt quite complete at the end, though I would certainly enjoy more stories set within this universe.