An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue.
Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor’s daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition—years in the making—her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She’s struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny, a boy from a different world. Literally.
Raised in a foster home, Danny has led a life full of hurt and hardship until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he’s never seen, with parents who miraculously survived the car crash that should have killed them. It’s like he’s a new Danny. But this alternate self has secrets—ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee, he’s even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work.
As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that’s bigger than both of them. . . . And together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it’s too late. – Goodreads
While You Were Gone, the second in the Duplexity duology threw me for a loop. I, thankfully, was able to read it right after the first book in the series, which I found helpful because I was still in that world. That Phoenix. The problem of course is that the Phoenix in While You Were Gone is so completely different from the first Phoenix. Even the Eevee and Danny I fell in love with are completely different. What I did enjoy was the fact that parts that didn’t make sense in the first book now make sense. Nichols was able to weave together small moments and have them make a lot more sense in While You Were Gone.
That being said, I did struggle a little more with this book than the first one in the series. This one is very much 1984 Phoenix, with Eevee’s father being governor and Danny constantly being tracked. It also reaffirmed that this Danny, much like the original Danny actually like the world that the jumped to better than the one they were living in. A world they knew nothing about they felt more comfortable in, they finally felt like they belonged which I always enjoy reading about.
While the first book felt romance driven, While You Were Gone was far more plot driven and that’s not a bad thing. I believe it highlights that Nichols can shine with romance and plot. I would love to read a book where she weaves together both and I believe that book will be a knock out.