by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperTeen Release date : June 10th, 2014
Genres: Science Fiction/Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: eARC
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Welcome to Gardnerville.
A place where no one gets sick. And no one ever dies.
There’s a price to pay for paradise. Every fourth year, the strange power that fuels the town exacts its payment by infecting teens with deadly urges. In a normal year in Gardnerville, teens might stop talking to their best friends. In a fourth year, they’d kill them.
Four years ago, Skylar’s sister, Piper, was locked away after leading sixteen of her classmates to a watery grave. Since then, Skylar has lived in a numb haze, struggling to forget her past and dull the pain of losing her sister. But the secrets and memories Piper left behind keep taunting Skylar—whispering that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle once and for all.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This book is weird. A good weird…. But weird nonetheless.
I was beyond excited to start this. I can’t tell you enough how much hope I had that this book would blow me away. Let me tell you, nothing could have prepared me for it. NOTHING.
In Gardnerville, the residents live long, health lives. But. There is a price to pay. Every four years, a teen loses themselves and basically goes off the handle. There are other occurrences that happen each year, but, the fourth is always the worst. After the last fourth year Piper, Sky’s sister, brought many to their grave and injured a few others. Not to mention, things started to change. Sky, succumbing to forgetful oblivion with the aid of Forget Me Nots, must figure out what she has been trying to forget, in order to fix the things that have gone wrong.
That’s just the tip of the ice burg.
This has dual narration, and I absolutely loved it. We not only get the current events going on but also in flash backs – told in second person narration – As pieces fold together, and we learn about the past events in Sky’s life and Gardnerville. I can see other’s having issues with this – as it did throw me at first – but it was so well done. (Anyone else noticing a trend with different narration styles? Neat)
Kate’s imagination has no limits. There were some serious odd things going on. It was creepy as hell and here’s that word again, weird. What I find most intriguing what the history of Garderville itself. You think you start to figure out what fuels it, how it works and the secrets. You’d be wrong.
Sky is one of those odd characters that are so unreliable it’s not even funny. You question everything she says, does and thinks. And then questions some more because, why the hell not?! Of course, with the Forget Me Nots in her system, it takes a little while to really grasp her character. She is funny though, and loyal. She made some stupid decisions and she is frustrating too. Also, she has this wicked thing she does with secrets.
There is a hint a romance going on too. Don’t worry though, it’s subtle and never once takes over the plot. I liked Foote, although like Sky, I had issues trusting him and his judgement. He is good? He is bad? WHO is he?
I know for a fact I leaving things out. That’s okay. In all seriousness, you just need to read it to get the FULL grasp on everything that is going on.
– My peeve –
I can’t think of a single thing that had my feathers ruffled. Not.One.
– Overall –
I loved it! My mind is blown. Creepy, disturbing, mysterious and just damn right good. I haven’t read her other book, Another Little Piece, but I can guarantee you it has been bumped up on the TBR pile.
Also, I could name every single 80’s song mentioned. Huzzah!
– Recommend –
OH YES, highly!