Outskirts Press (2011)
Reviewed by Paige Lovitt for Reader Views (07/15)
In “The Revival” by Maggie Allen, Virginia Wilson finds something within calling her back to Totoba, Africa, even without recollection of the events that transpired. Haunted by nightmares, she hopes that her return will help her find out what happened to her tour guide/crush, Nick. She can’t be sure if he is even alive. Deciding to do a college project there, the minute Virginia arrives she notices that people are acting a bit strange and constantly evade trying to answer her questions about Nick. They won’t tell her if he is dead or alive, yet they will tell her that she will soon see him.
When Virginia goes to the place Nick resides, the people act very strange towards her. Some of them seem vaguely familiar, yet she can’t quite place them right away. Nick also seems transformed and obsessed with Virginia. Things are definitely off kilter. She has a hard time separating her feelings for him from what appears to be the surreal reality of her situation. As times passes, Virginia begins to feel like Nick and the people want to trap her there. As much as she wants to be with him, she wants it on her terms. Things are about to get extremely complicated and dangerous, and Virginia has to save herself.
I really enjoyed “The Revival” by Maggie Allen. As the second novel in the Totoboan Trilogy, it picks up pretty quickly where the first book left off. The beauty of the country and the supernatural elements really bring this story to life. It is easy to see how someone so young can get caught up in such a complex situation, especially when there are greater beings at work. Once again, the author does a fantastic job of creating vivid scenery, complex characters, and a unique plot. I highly recommend that readers purchase the whole trilogy at one time so that they don’t have to find out what happens next!