The body-swapping Changer who spent her freshman year of high school as Drew (Changers: Drew, 2014) now spends his sophomore year as Oryon.
Changers spend each year as a different version, or V, and must keep their true nature hidden from non-Changer Statics. For Oryon, this means remeeting Audrey, the girl he fell in love with last year as Drew, as a stranger. The only people who stay in Oryon's life are his family, his Changer mentor, Tracy, and Chase, another Changer Oryon's age who is part of the Radical Changer movement that challenges the Changers Council's stringent rules. This sequel's worldbuilding still leaves questions unanswered, but Oryon's winning and witty narrative voice is consistently engaging. Unlike Drew or his parents, Oryon is African-American, and much of what he observes is about race: He is newly welcome at the Black Table in the cafeteria, for instance, but treated with suspicion when he brings the family pit bull to a dog park. Oryon's budding (or rebudding) romance with Audrey raises thought-provoking questions and creates tension with the Changers Council. An abrupt climax, however, interrupts the plotline and leaves both the romance and the sudden climactic action unresolved.
A mixed bag plotwise, but Oryon's humor and insight will keep readers turning pages. (Science fiction. 12-18)