Species 2

Young Adult - Sci-Fi
372 Pages
Reviewed on 03/14/2023
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

A four-year-old girl miraculously recovers from her injuries in Felicity, California. A gunshot victim from Rochester, New York, survives with no long-term damage. A young boy rescues his grandfather in an extraordinary manner outside Tuscon, Arizona. Everywhere, children are displaying signs of astonishing mental and physical abilities far exceeding human capability. Researchers at Leland University, Palo Alto, California, Dr. Samuel Wentworth and Dr. Katheleen 'K' Kelly, bring these kids together and realize that humans have started evolving into what they term Species 2. However, not everyone is happy with this development. After a popular radio jockey calls them a threat to humanity, extreme supremacist groups spring up, demanding the end of their existence. Now, taken to a sanctuary, the children should be safe. Or are they? Find out in Nick Iuppa's Species 2.

Akin to the X-Men series, Species 2 follows a group of gifted youngsters trying to survive persecution from a hostile public who feel threatened by their unique abilities. With a gripping narrative, Nick Iuppa mixes sci-fi and political commentary in splendid fashion, perfectly capturing the environment created by supremacist groups who stop at nothing to spread fear and hatred in the real world. The story follows a multiple-POV narrative with a large cast of characters, each contributing to the story in a distinct yet personable manner that we can relate to. I found the plot very unpredictable and was constantly second-guessing myself until the end. Overall, this is a fantastic sci-fi thriller for young adults.

Doreen Chombu

Dr. Kathleen Kelly, better known as Dr. K, and her colleague Dr. Samuel Wentworth believe that they have discovered a new breed of humans when they receive reports from doctors informing them of children exhibiting unusual brain activity and displaying supernatural abilities. The two specialists deduce that they are witnessing a gigantic evolutionary leap and decide to investigate further. Unfortunately, a mole on their team leaks information about the children, which leads to propaganda and uninformed reports about them. Riots break out, and fanatics unite to eliminate the children. Will Dr. K and Samuel manage to protect this new species or will these special children take over the world? Find out what transpires by reading Species 2 by Nick Iuppa.

I love reading stories that make my heart race and fill me with anticipation. Species 2 kept me on my toes from start to finish. From discovering the new species to the humans plotting against them until the last showdown, I loved every moment. Nick Iuppa presents us with a hypothetical world where a new species emerges and provides a realistic prediction of how humans might react to this situation. It is amazing how far humans will go to safeguard themselves from something they do not understand and cannot explain. My favorite part was the characters themselves, who all have unique personalities. Despite the book having multiple points of view, I could instantly differentiate the narrators. Even Samuel's romance novel was seamlessly fused into the story. Reading this book is an incredible experience, and I recommend it to anyone who loves reading sci-fi stories.

Essien Asian

A girl with amazing self-healing capabilities and a boy adept at controlling machines simply by using his mind are just a few of the unusually gifted individuals that start showing up around the world. Doctor Kathleen Kelly believes that this may be part of a new development in the evolution of humanity. Together with her colleague Dr. Samuel Wentworth working by her side, they try everything in their power to isolate and analyze some of these children as they believe that this evolutionary change can be of benefit to all. Unfortunately for them, some do not share their beliefs and are prepared to eliminate them. Can Kathleen protect these gifted children from almost certain annihilation? Only time will tell in Nick Iuppa’s Species 2.

Nick Iuppa's latest work touches on a topic that intelligent minds think about more often than they care to admit. The storyline is interesting and the pace is rapid as I had to catch myself when I felt the story was getting ahead of me. Iuppa's character development shows the high degree of research that went into it with the herd reactions from the uneducated populace mirroring what you would very likely get in a real-world scenario. Brad Dockster cuts the figure of the perfect rabble-rouser with his comments and the interaction between Dr. K and Sam sets the tone for a potential romantic subplot down the line. Meanwhile, the children's interaction with normal people is refreshingly different from what I expected in a story of this nature and I would put that down to Iuppa”s ingenuity in his storytelling. Species 2 encourages you to think beyond the story with its intriguing plot and impressive presentation. I enjoyed reading it.